Monday, December 1, 2014

Is the world of digital making you stressed and lonely during Christmas and throughout the year? ▲ ▲ ▲
'evergreen marketing insighter' by Gloria Buono-Daly

“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.”
~~
Charles M. Schulz
(November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000), aka “Sparky,” American cartoonist, best known for the comic strip Peanuts featuring characters Snoopy and Charlie Brown, Lucy, etc.

Is the world of digital negatively impacting the way people interact with others, i.e., social media Facebook?

The saying every story has two sides also applies to research studies.

According to a study from University of Michigan’s psychologist Ethan Kross, Facebook and other social media are contributing to loneliness and reducing overall life satisfaction.

Research also concluded that technology continues having negative effects on the way people interact with others and the way they perceive others. More information at All the lonely Facebook friends: Study shows social media makes us MORE lonely and unhappy and LESS sociable

The other side of the story

While many believe that the dynamics of becoming excessively engaged on the internet, ipad, texting, gaming, iphones, etc. can create mixed feelings, stress and breed loneliness and depression, there is also research that concludes opposite.

Circle Adventist, a non profit organization, reported findings from a socio-psychological study of undergraduate students that the Internet does not seem to influence loneliness levels in undergraduate students.

The study concluded that newer users of the internet are at higher risks of experiencing loneliness and that loneliness is more prevalent among undergrad students who use the internet for more than 40 hours per week and choose this form of communication over personal face-to-face and telephone conversations.

More information at Circle Adventist article titled “A study of the relationship between loneliness and Internet use among university students.”


What do you think? Is technology and the world of digital negatively impacting your or your child's social life? How frequently do you use Facebook?

RESOURCES AND HELPFUL TIPS:
▲ Deepak Chopra On Loneliness, Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/25/deepak-chopra-on-loneliness-alone-lonely_n_2271639.html
▲ All the lonely Facebook friends: Study shows social media makes us MORE lonely and unhappy and LESS sociable, DailyMail, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2419419/All-lonely-Facebook-friends-Study-shows-social-media-makes-MORE-lonely-unhappy-LESS-sociable.html
▲Holiday Depression Can be a Surprising Gift, Barrie Davenport http://www.huffingtonpost.com/barrie-davenport/depression_b_4433854.html
▲Loneliness and Internet use, Science Direct http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747563202000146
▲Lonely this Christmas? Discover the JOY of being on your own, Mail Online http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2078508/Lonely-Christmas-Discover-JOY-own.html
▲ Does it have to be lonely this Christmas?, The Revelstoke Current http://www.revelstokecurrent.com/2013/12/07/does-it-have-to-be-lonely-this-christmas/
▲ Some Suggestions for Battling Loneliness, Gretchen Rubin, Happiness Project http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130909122952-6526187-some-suggestions-for-battling-loneliness
▲ How Facebook Makes Us Unhappy, The New Yorker http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2013/09/the-real-reason-facebook-makes-us-unhappy.html


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Charlie Brown Christmas Tree image collage is a snapshot taken from Google search results on December 18, 2013.
Is the world of digital making you stressed and lonely during Christmas and throughout the year? ▲ ▲ ▲
is part of the 'evergreen marketing insighter' series by Gloria Buono-Daly

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