We all spend a lot of time on Facebook and other social media networks. In this day and age, it can be a valuable source of news, connectedness, and more. However, it can also be a leading cause of isolation, depression and anxiety. For all the benefits of social media, there are a lot of detractors that people don’t think about. We are all guilty of it at different times — using our phones when we should be spending time with family, friends, doing work, or enjoying precious moments instead of capturing them on a phone to share with everyone.
When Geoff shared this video from Prince Ea on YouTube, I thought that it struck a chord with me, and so I thought I’d share it with you. You may well have seen it before; it did the rounds on various tech and news sites about six weeks ago, but I think leading into the Christmas and holiday season, where it really is a time for family, friends and togetherness, it’s a timely message.
It’s also timely, because over in the US, they’re celebrating Thanksgiving shortly, and I’m sure there’ll be a lot of people missing out on quality time because they’re distracted by their mobiles. Take a look, and see what you think:
What do you think? Do smartphones isolate us more than they connect us? Do you have 400 Facebook friends, but few people you could truly say are friends? Let us know in the comments how the video strikes you.
Are you finding yourself isolated perhaps, and in need of help? Reach out to organisations like Beyond Blu or Lifeline, or speak to someone you trust. The best way to tackle isolation is to walk out that front door. It’s often the hardest part.