Is Social Media Creating a Lonely Planet?
Updating through social media helps the lonely.
Mines the recent psychology research that explores the impact of social media posting on intimacy and loneliness.
Notes that when individuals enter social networks they enter an "egosystem," or an electronic community and world, largely of their own design.
Several peer reviewed studies verify that merely posting updates (Facebook the primary focus) immediately eased feelings of loneliness and isolation, finding that whether others commented on the updates irrelevant. The social posting generated the psychological illusion of being physically connected, independent of feedback from the community.
Whether the new social equals the effect of physical connectedness is unlikely, but the studies focused only on the results of electronic sharing. Further extensive research will likely shed light on the differences between the two.
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Source is LinkedIn.com.
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