Dinner times are now often spent “together” without any kind of personal communication, because everyone is on their own technological devices. Tim Lott, British author, said that “The web has made the world too interesting. Real family members are dull and problematic in comparison.” (Lott, 2013) Instead of facing and trying to fix our problems and differences with our friends and family members, we hide behind our devices and pretend that everything will fix itself.
We desperately look on Facebook sometimes searching to see if others are having the same problems we are having. And when we see others succeed it often impacts our self-esteem and can cause depression. We compare our lives and sometimes failures to other’s successes and happiness.
“Using Facebook is associated with jealousy, social tension, isolation, and depression.” (Get a Life!- Facebook is Bad for You, 2013)
“Researchers recruited 82 Facebook users for their study. These volunteers agreed to have their Facebook activity observed for two weeks and to report five times a day on their state of mind and their direct social contacts. After analyzing the results, researchers found that the more the volunteers used Facebook in the period between two questionnaires, the worse they reported feeling the next time they filled in a questionnaire. In contrast, there was a positive association between the amount of direct social contact a volunteer had and how positive he felt.” (Get a Life!- Facebook is Bad for You, 2013)
Layne Hartsell, a professor at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Korea said, “Since people are spending more and more time on the computer or using their other electronic devices for any number of functions, I think many people are putting less value on human relations. Because time is not infinite, there will be trade-offs.” (Margolis)
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