Social Media Is Killing Social Interactions
There’s no doubt that we live in a weird world and if you want proof of this, just look at your daily activities. Instead of hanging out with your friends, you’re liking their selfies on Instagram. Rather than meeting face to face with your boss, they’re emailing you. There’s no need for taking a chance on a date when you can swipe left or right on Tinder. The list goes on and there’s no shortage of how many ways social media has altered our lives. But ironically, it’s appears it’s making us far less sociable. Research has found that technology may diminish social development which is particularly troubling, taking into account how early kids now use tech devices. It’s not the only negative impact of tech either.
There’s an old psych study. Leave a class with the answers at the front of the room without a teacher and the majority will cheat. Leave a class with the answers at the front of a room and a mirror, the majority will stay honest. The message here is simple. Anonymity affects how we act so it’s unsurprising that studies show people are more morally dubious online.
It is partly due to this anonymity that people can find themselves getting into heated confrontations saying things, they would never utter in person. Trolling as we know it online hardly ever happens in person. The answer to issues like this is digital conflict revolution and you can read about that in the infographic below. But it is interesting to consider the cause of the issue in the first place.
Infographic by Abilene Christian University