In the world we live in today, it’s so hard to just talk to somebody in person, but is incredibly easy to hide who you are all because of social media.
Just about everything is online these days: businesses, dating, and our entire lives. It’s great and it’s fun, but when it comes to things like staying “in touch” with another person and building a relationship, the only thing that comes out of it is a psychological comfort and in affect, we lose connection with the people who are physically there because of the way we are glued to our touch screens.
Along with the comfort comes the insecurity. Teenagers and young adults often look at their feed, see a photo and think, “Why can’t that be me?” or “Why is everybody hanging out without me?”
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the US National Library of Medicine, the average attention span of an adult today is at eight seconds, one second less than that of a goldfish. We get distracted by things like a cell phone vibration or a notification. We get distracted by the hope if it.
People today are addicted to social networks like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and focus on the hundreds of selfies of the same people who feel the need to constantly brag about themselves. Instead, these people should be focusing on themselves and on the people are actually there for them.
According to expert opinion from guardianlv.com, social media and selfies cause narcissism, depression, low self esteem, and an addiction harder to quit than drugs or alcohol.
Social networks are often used to fall in love, but love comes naturally and cannot be forced, which is exactly what sites like match.com and tinder try to do.
Having an honest relationship online is almost impossible. People can fabricate themselves in any way they want and people often get catfished – hooked into an online relationship from a false identity. Just ask Manti Te’o.
When people constantly post, tweet, and check their feed, they enter in a competition of who can get the most likes and followers, but happiness will never come from this endless game with no real winner.