NameProfessorSubjectDateDoes Technology promoteloneliness?Thecurrent technology has a really enabled man to connect worldwide at all timesregardless of the distance.Different research studies have provided evidence onwhether technology has promoted loneliness or not. From my point of view, thedifferent forms of modern technology both hardware and software have promotedour social interactions worldwide. This has led to a reduced level ofloneliness among the current society. Take an example of software referred toas facebook.
This is a common and worldwide used app for social interaction.Based on this software the following are some of the ways in which itcontributed to reduced levels of loneliness:Facebookreduces loneliness because it is a source of information and ideas. It enablessharing of information on the important and current events happening worldwide.Most people also share their ideas by posting them on facebook for other peopleto view them and also post their comments.Facebookalso acts as a gateway to confidence for shy and lonely people.People that lackthe social skills necessary for a face to face communication can choose a weeto present them online.
a new research shows that teenagers who are shy andlonely turn to Facebook to feel less lonely and socially connected to theirpeers (Tippers err a.2013).For example, people who are shy can reflect andthink longer before saying something.
This gives people a way to connect whilefeeling less anxiety. Hence Facebook is more comfortable than face to face thanface to face. This has reduced loneliness for this group of people.Facebookprovides a site where you can enjoy your hobbies and interests.
One can discussany hobbies or topic of interest on facebook with his friends. There are manypeople out there who love the same thing as you and many people who are open toany conversation you are interested in. Considering the current life peoplehave got different ideas to evaluate and choose from to influence their beliefsand life choices.Hence Facebook has provided a common place where users caninteract and share anything on their topics of interests. This has enabledpeople to feel connected to each other despite their different locations.However,despite the fact that Facebook has really reduced loneliness, on the otherhand, it has really promoted loneliness. In general, although social media helpus to stay connected with family and friends, spending too much time on socialmedia can actually make you feel alone. Too much time on Facebook may elicitfeelings of envy and the distorted belief that others lead happier and moresuccessful lives in according to the journal of preventive medicine.
No one joins Facebook to be sad but a study carriedby Michigan university psychologist Ethan Kross reveals that that’s how exactlyit makes people feel. Ross found out that the more people used Facebook in timethe less happy they became and the more their overall satisfaction declinedfrom the beginning of the study until the end. This shows that Facebook makesthem unhappy.Inconclusion, based on Facebook as an example of social media form, technologyhas really brought out both positive and negative impacts on our social lives.People use Facebook for different purposes some which might create lonelinessor reduce loneliness.
This means that some people turn to Facebook as a means ofreducing stress and depression.WorkcitedHaydonsong, Anne Zmyslinki.seelig, jinyoung Kim, Adam Drent, Angela Victor, Kikukomoor, Mike Allen.
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