2) The Internet & Social Media
It seems hardly a week goes by without a scare story in the press on how the Internet and social media is banishing face-to-face interaction. We are meant to assume that’s a negative thing. Actually, it might not be.
Businesses have reported advantages to cutting out the “messy” sides of in-person interaction, cutting misunderstandings that can happen when face-to-face.
Moreover, college students and teenagers surveyed for a number of recent studies have said that social media allows them a greater reach in their social circles, providing them with ways to stay connected even over long distances.
Negatives do exist, however.
Though studies have shown some people do turn to it for comfort, social media isn’t a cure for loneliness.
There’s also the phenomena of “Facebook depression.” The science of it is still disputed, but certainly some young people have experienced that not feeling the love on social media sites can be emotionally distressing. We also know of the distinct isolation effect of online bullying.
One thing to have emerged from the research into social media and its impact on our lives seems to be it is the quality of our interactions, and not how many “friends” we have, that determines whether we are enriched by this relatively new form of communication.
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