Social media is a threat to offline friendships, says study

Written byBy Malika Williams, CNN By Malika Williams, CNN Social media is a strange beast. By its very nature, it is an intimate medium that causes pain when one’s feelings or attention is subjugated…

Social media is a threat to offline friendships, says study

Written byBy Malika Williams, CNN By Malika Williams, CNN

Social media is a strange beast.

By its very nature, it is an intimate medium that causes pain when one’s feelings or attention is subjugated to the collective demand.

On the one hand, we are creatures of convenience: we’re never without our devices and if we look around, we’re seldom without those devices.

On the other hand, if the events of our day are relative rather than constant, constant digital communication is detrimental to the idea of serendipity that feeds our capacity for joy.

So it’s no surprise, perhaps, that “social media is a threat to offline friendships,” writes Wendy Williams. But she’s far from the only person concerned.

In a 2012 study entitled “Social media becomes linked to overall happiness and satisfaction at work,” authors Shirley Liu and Stephen Smith found that employees are getting less satisfaction from their jobs as a result of the “loss of intergroup relationships and meaningful interaction with co-workers and peers.”

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