It’s no secret that social media has changed the way we communicate. In some ways, it’s made us more connected than ever before. We can instantly connect with friends and family all over the world with the click of a button. But in other ways, social media is making us less social. We’re spending more time staring at screens and less time interacting with the people around us.
Here’s how social media is making us less social:
We’re spending more time on our phones.
A recent study found that the average person spends over four hours on their phone every day. That’s a lot of time spent staring at a screen instead of interacting with the people around us. When we’re constantly on our phones, we’re not present in the moment. We’re not really listening to the conversation or engaging in the activity. We’re missing out on a lot of social interactions because we’re too focused on our screens.
We’re not as connected as we think.
While social media allows us to connect with more people than ever before, we’re not actually connecting with them in a meaningful way. We’re not having deep, meaningful conversations or learning about their lives. We’re not building relationships. We’re just skimming the surface of who they are.
We’re comparing our lives to others.
When we’re constantly scrolling through social media, we’re bombarded with images of other people’s perfect lives. We see their highlight reel and we compare it to our own lives. We compare our imperfections to their perfection and we start to feel not good enough. We start to feel like we don’t measure up. This comparison game is toxic and it’s making us less social.
We’re losing our attention span.
Because we’re constantly bombarded with new information and notifications, we’re losing our ability to focus. We’re no longer able to have conversations or pay attention to the people around us because we’re always thinking about what’s next. We’re always looking for the next thing that will capture our attention.
We’re becoming more self-centered.
When we’re always focused on our own social media feeds, we’re not thinking about others. We’re only thinking about ourselves and what we want. We’re becoming more self-centered and less social. We’re not focused on building relationships or connecting with others. We’re only focused on ourselves.
We’re missing out on real life.
Because we’re so focused on our social media feeds, we’re missing out on real life. We’re not paying attention to the people and the world around us. We’re not living in the moment. We’re not appreciating the beauty of the world. We’re missing out on so much because we’re too busy staring at our screens.
Social media has definitely changed the way we communicate. It’s made us more connected in some ways, but less social in others. We need to be aware of the ways social media is making us less social so that we can make a conscious effort to change our behavior. We need to put our phones down and be present in the moment. We need to have more face-to-face interactions. We need to focus on building relationships. We need to appreciate the world around us.