It's expected and wise, as well as extraordinary, that the terms
"connected" and "disconnected" have such prominence.Connection and connectedness are life principles and, with trust, are
virtually the stuff of life. I've long suspected that many
cases of alcoholism and depression are related to "disconnectedness"
that, I suspect, in many cases may include a biological component. Anything that
promotes more "disconnection" potentially dangerous. For some people,
there may be a vicious cycle in which underlying "disconnection" drives
the use of social media which further drives disconnection. Getting rid of
social media does not necessarily result in healthy connectedness.I
don't know what the secret of connection is but there is clearly a strong,
biological impulse for it among social mammals. There are probably also
biological factors that impair connection and connectedness and social
functioning that may well result in or be associated with profound depression.
It needs more study and comment Chicken and egg...
Perhaps times have just changed and rather than adapt to this, parents are just
saying their children are depressed.
There's only one problem with following the advice to turn off your
computer and get out and meet people. The people you're trying to meet are
invariably checking their phones, etc.--and seem to have little desire for
face-to-face connection.So where are these new-found "real"
friends coming from?I think the answer is not to look in the real
world for the number of friends you have on Facebook, but to just aim for a
few--or even one--who wants what you do: depth in your relationships rather than
just a lot of frosting on a somewhat unsatifying cake.
How interesting. I'm gonna go share this on Facebook.
I can't find happiness through living my entire life on Facebook, Wii,
Tablet, or phone? What is the world coming to!?---Henry,
respectfully 'disconnecting yourself' is in no way the popular or
trendy thing to do.As far as who the "experts" are, I can
provide numerous cogent arguments as to why the source does not qualify the
accuracy of a statement (such as ad hominem). I know a man from Richfield Utah
who'd rather spend his time on a horse than on Facebook- who doesn't
have a degree in philosophy, psychology, or any other relevant profession;
I'd trust his advice more than the vast majority of the worlds
'credible sources' on this topic or any other.We learn by
experience. This is the nature of being human. You can study one
"expert's" experiences, who has studied a handful of others or even
a data-pool of others. But the more experiences you add to that pool, the less
detail you can absorb. Spending 5 minutes with a dog will tell you more than 1
million wiki articles about the animal.It's simply common
sense; something even the greatest experts can easily loose sight of.
That's funny, Henry, I was just going to say, DUH! they need to turn off
the digital stimuli. It shouldn't take a rocket scientist to figure out
that people need to be with REAL people. "Social Media" is a misnomer.
It actually can invite anti-social behavior. I have family members who struggle
with this due to way to much time in front of a screen. Some are coming around,
but still have issues to work out.
Are you sure these are experts? This sounds like a lot of pop psychology.