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5 Ways Social Media Contributes to Social Isolation

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In today’s modern society, thanks to the internet, social media and texting, people are more connected now than at any other time in history. However, people are also lonelier and more isolated in their non-virtual lives, according to social psychologist, Sherry Turkle. Instead of interacting in person and in real time, many people have turned to hiding behind social media platforms. Supportive, nurturing and loving interpersonal relationships are vital to overall health and well being.

Let’s take a closer look at the hidden pitfalls of social media…

 

1. Social Networking Provides Distraction from Real Life

Social media has dramatically changed our ability to stay focused on what’s going on immediately around us and lets us “escape” and instantly go “elsewhere”. In social settings if things become awkward or uncomfortable, we often seek solace in social media.

For example, instead of learning to deal with these feelings and work through them we can revert to our phones or online social networking sites to distract us from the difficulties in our real time and immediate relationships.
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