Relationships matter more than emotion when it comes to 'likes' on Instagram
Since human beings are essentially relationship-dependent animals, we constantly seek to increase the support we get from existing relationships and search out new ones.
Socialness is in the eye of the beholder
We define our experience in social terms. We tend to assume relationships between inanimate things, where in fact there is none.
Sharing on social media makes us overconfident in our knowledge
Social media sharers believe that they are knowledgeable about the content they share, even if they have not read it or have only glanced at a headline.
Online parenting communities pulled closer to extreme groups spreading misinformation
Social media feeds the spread of misinformation, leaving social media platforms struggling under the deluge of new material that is posted every day.
Social support may lower risk of cardiovascular disease, death
That increased social support could mitigate depression and help cardiac outcomes has been one of the main assumptions behind much of psychocardiology. Sometimes assumptions are right!
Giving social support to others may boost your health
This is a really important study and should be required reading for every leader and aspiring leader. We have long said that successful relationships depend on a mutual satisfaction of needs. The mutuality is important in the work context as it’s the basis of collaboration.
Need to vent? Turn to real-life support, not social media
Social media may make it easier for people to engage online, but it does not provide a lot of the benefits of real-life human interactions. Problematic social media use is not a recognized addictive disorder, but there are similarities in the symptoms of someone with a substance use disorder and a person displaying excessive social media use.
Forming beliefs in a world of filter bubbles
By talking to other people and observing their behavior, we can learn new things, acquire new skills, and adapt to changing conditions. But what if the information provided by the social environment is inconsistent or contradictory? The internet, in particular, has dramatically changed the structure and dynamics of social interactions.
Some friends make you feel more supported than others
It’s good to have friends and family to back you up when you need it—but your sense of being supported is even greater if they belong, in a sense, to the same tribe.
Rituals lead to anxiety relief
Office life has rituals which help to make work bearable—even though work stress has increased by 200 percent over the last ten years. However, innovations such as hot desking, flexible working, and home-based working have been gradually stripping us of this aspect of our daily routine.
Social media platforms can contribute to dehumanizing people
Online platforms can normalize hatred and contribute to dehumanization. The wider problem is the dehumanizing of so many aspects of our society, leading to mental illness and a diminution of the value of human beings in general.
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