Is Facebook and “social media” contributing to the rise of social isolation?

A recent New York Times article has noted:

Since the 1980s, the percentage of American adults who say they’re lonely has doubled from 20 percent to 40 percent.

And the article concludes with a hypothesis:

A great paradox of our hyper-connected digital age is that we seem to be drifting apart. Increasingly, however, research confirms our deepest intuition: Human connection lies at the heart of human well-being.

Facebook and all its superficial interaction — the accumulation of “Likes”, “Friends” and vapid selfies — has had negative ramifications on real, personal interaction. Meaningful relationships require personal interaction, and happiness generally relies on having meaningful relationships. It is no wonder people are feeling lonelier and less happy despite being so-called “connected” by social media.

It is time to abandon Facebook, abandon the endless selfies, and go back to living in the moment with good company.  It is time to put down the smart phone and the anti-social media, and start talking face-to-face.

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