Social Media Makes Us Lonely? (Weekend Reading)
After a brief hiatus, Weekend Reading makes its triumphant return to Hope 4 Hurting Kids with an interesting theory – Increased use of social media leaves teens and kids (and probably all of us) feeling more isolated.
In this report on a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Zawn Villines explains:
People who spent more time on social media sites were more likely to perceive and report high levels of isolation. Specifically, those who spent 121 minutes or more on social media daily were more likely to indicate isolation than those who spent 30 minutes or less on social media.
Questions for Further Reflection and Discussion
- How do you feel after long periods of using social media?
- How and where have you seen the impact of social media on kids?
- Why do you think online interaction makes us feel lonelier?
- How do you think this phenomenon plays out in society?
- Do you believe that the increase in online social media has impacted people’s ability to interact with people in person? If so, how?