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Social media – does it increase or decrease loneliness?

New research has been revealed suggesting that social media is actually leading to people feeling more isolated than ever.

You would think the opposite were true. It has never been easier to get in touch with people no matter where in the world you are, and it can help celebrities get closer to their fans as they can directly interact with people on platforms such as Twitter.

I have certainly found Facebook to be incredibly useful as it has helped me keep in touch with friends who now live as far away as Australia and New Zealand.

However, people tend to only put on social media their ‘best side.’ If you are going through some significant problems such as the death of a loved one, or your relationship is struggling, or your health perhaps isn’t great, odds are you won’t really emblazon all your problems onto Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter etc.

Some people put everything on social media, and we all know at least one person who does that. When you see this, it can come across as a cry for attention. Perhaps it is wrong to judge people from what they post online.

I haven’t been one to ever really put negative stuff on social media, so my profile probably comes across as me always being out and about doing things and never experiencing a negative moment in my life!

Of course, that is a load of rubbish, and that is probably where the problem stems from – I am giving an overly positive representation of what my life is really like.

I must admit, I have experienced pangs of jealousy when I’ve seen someone saying they’re about to go on holiday, or they have met a celebrity who I admire, or have just done something interesting that I wish I had done, while I have been sat on my backside watching some TV show for the umpteenth time.

Maybe the lesson from this is that we all need to be more active, and make sure we do cool things in our own lives rather than worry about what everyone else is doing with theirs.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/39176828/us-psychologists-claim-social-media-increases-loneliness

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