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5 Ways Social Media Contributes to Social Isolation

5. Social Media Reduces Intimacy

People have a tendency to give precedence to others who aren’t present over people who are present. For example, a mother picking up her child from daycare may be texting her husband while putting her toddler’s coat on. Or a father at his son’s a hockey game may be checking their email and miss his son’s goal or a teen may be tweeting on his phone at the breakfast table instead of interacting with his family.

These are only a few examples of social media has contributed to reducing the intimacy of relationships by interrupting and stealing quality time. So next time you’re with your loved ones, you might think about unplugging from social media and plugging in to your real relationships. Being present in the moment with your loved ones can prove to be much better for your health and happiness in the long run.

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