Originally, the title of this article was to be “The Degradation of Social Interaction in the Age of Internet Media,” but for obvious reasons I shortened it to something more catchy. What I have noticed in myself and those around me is not necessarily that much of a concern until I realize that this is a much larger and more important trend than I do. originally thought so. Not only a trend, but a standard for those of the younger generation who have grown up within it.
This trend is the movement of social interactions from the physical realm in real time to the digital. At first it may seem obvious: The internet has opened up new opportunities for communication, which is great, but it has also changed the very way of thinking about communication.
For example, look at how a conversation went in the early 1900s: face to face if it was possible, and written or telegram if it was necessary. Nowadays, a large amount of communication is typed, sent by SMS or sent with visual accompaniment, not because it is necessary, but because it is either the most convenient method, or the socially accepted method, or even favorite. This suggests an impatience in our society. He sends the message: “I don’t have time for you, so put your message in my sphere and I will answer you… or I will leave you on ‘read’. “
For the most part, I understand. We lead busy lives and it is more convenient to send questions via SMS, updates we want to share, or any other message we have. But this creates a problem: we no longer deepen the relationships between those around us and ourselves, on the contrary we create a false image of ourselves. We are a product and our close friends are the consumers of that product.
This is where social media interactions really contribute to changes in social interaction. We go to the socially preferred platform and we send our message, whatever it is. We then wait for others to contribute to the product we have created. And this is where our relationships are most distorted. Since the majority of our social interactions now take place on a stage, no one is nice to someone else just for the sake of being nice. Since the audience sees the conversations going on, everyone tailors their response to the others to see how nice they are. And that can create a serious problem. We shouldn’t just say positive (or negative) things to those we interact with because we’re being watched, but because that’s what we really believe about that person. This is the side effect of the communication platform. And a simple solution is to just let the person in person know, if possible, what you thought of it. This is an area that I also need to improve myself – not letting my words be shaped by how I think they will be perceived by the audience, but being intentional and having a one-on-one interaction. opposition to the communication platform.
Another area of precarious social impact is YouTube and the age of vlogging. For those who are feeling hungry for real friendships, worry no more! Come to youtube where people share every detail of their life with you, their friend, whom they care about and appreciate. This “disconnect” that everyone faces due to the distance created by social media has created a desire for conversation and friendship that is satisfied through Youtuber dialogue. YouTubers provide pseudo-authentic interactions with their audience and the scary thing is, for most people, it’s just satisfying enough that the issue is reported. If someone feels like they haven’t been fulfilled by their friends on other social platforms, they can just go to youtube and get their daily dose of interacting with their vlogging friends. And here’s another big deal, most of these vloggers have no desire to be friends with their audience members. For them, it’s just a show, a fun show to do, and as long as the audience feels connected, their show can be very profitable as well. Because money isn’t made on youtube, it’s made through selling products online and selling hospitality tickets, not to mention referrals and other business marketing methods.
That might sound like a lot, and maybe a little bit judgmental – and maybe it is, but that doesn’t mean the social interaction problem isn’t there. And the solution is very simple. We don’t have to stop what we do online, we just need to be aware of it and not let it take the place of the activities we need as humans. If we can be intentional and spend more time with each other, without lesser distractions, then we can lead healthier lives. I titled this article “Social Interaction in the age of Youtube ”, because I think the main problem is that we don’t have enough meaningful social interactions and people feel lonely. Kind of like the sentence / idea alone in a crowd. We are more connected with the world than ever before, but we are deeply disconnected from those around us and even from ourselves. And while it doesn’t directly follow the definition of loneliness, it certainly has similar side effects. If we don’t deal with it early enough, we will begin to experience true loneliness, unless we make an effort to seek true friendship.
In order to ensure that everyone reading this article has the opportunity to decide for themselves what they think about this matter, I have included a list of articles that have similar opinions to mine and I encourage you to consider them. read. However, I will also encourage you to find any articles that disagree with these points and decide for yourself how you feel about this matter.
“Do social networks make us more alone? – Canadian Mental Health Association, Prince George Branch; “People who use social media a lot are isolated” – Rachel Hosie, The Independent; “Do Social Networks Cause Loneliness in Adolescents? “ – AJ Agrawal, Huffpost.