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The Reality of Relationshipsin the Digital AgePhoto by: RowdyKittens (Flickr))By: Melissa Brown
Around the world, more than 1.2 billionpeople use social media or social network sites.Photo by: NASA (Flickr))Source: World Economic Forum, Social Networks
Social media is supposedto help fosterconnections.But just how meaningful are these connections?Photo by: procsilas (Flickr)
And how have these “connections” changed theway in which we interact?Photo by: Angelo Gonzalez (Flickr)
“Walking through a college library one sees the same thing: we aretogether, but each of us is in our own bubble, furiously connected tokeyboards and tiny touch screens.”Photo by: froboy (Flickr)Source: Sherry Turkle, The Flightfrom Conversation
“We can’t get enough of one another if we can usetechnology to keep one another at distances wecan control: not too close, not too far, just right.”Photo by: Linda (Flickr)The Goldilocks Effect:Source: Sherry Turkle, The Flight from Conversation
Photo by: Presidio of Monterey (Flickr)“Human relationships are rich; they’re messy and demanding.We have learned the habit of cleaning them up with technology.”Source: Sherry Turkle, The Flight from Conversation
Are these new digital relationships rich and rewarding?Or are they ruining the human connections we already have…Photo by: PetteriO (Flickr)
Photo by: *vlad* (Flickr)Social media allows for increased interactionswith friends and family.
But, are we losing friends due tocommunication incompatibility?Photo by: Jhaymesisviphotography (Flickr)
Photo by: Victori A (Flickr)“This Pandora’s box has opened…There are too many ways to converse,each of us has a favored method, and no onewants to compromise.”Source: Elizabeth Bernstein, He Texts, She Tweets – Are They E-Compatible?
Are these online connections making usvulnerable to dangerous situations?Photo by: Alvimann (morgueFile)
Photo by: monkeyc.net (Flickr)“Those engaging in cyber-aggression wereunlikely to target strangers but often were in closerelationships with their victims at one point in time,close enough to know how to harm them.”Source: Diane Felmlee, From Bullying to Relationships: Mapping Our Online Communications
“This world of social has created an environment thateventually strings them along a path to a point where the veryinformation they created can be their greatest demise.”Photo by: Gerald Simmons (Flickr) Source: Hessie Jones, Teaching Our Kids Not to Treat the Internet as a Private Diary
What aboutromanticrelationships?Photo by: Ladyheart (morgueFile)
Photo by: KaylaKandzorra Simmons (Flickr)“Participants almost universally cited Facebookas their primary tool for interactionearly in the experimenting stage of romanticrelationship development.”Source: Tom Jacobs, I Now Pronounce You FBO: Facebook Official
Photo by: chelle (morgueFile)“Deciding to go FBO means laying youremotional cards on the table, face up.”Source: Tom Jacobs, I Now Pronounce You FBO: Facebook Official
“Seemingly insignificant PDFAs reflect howcommitted people were in real life.”Photo by: Por mi tripa (Flickr) Source: Allison McCann, How Facebook Ruined Dating (And Breaking Up Too)
“One new study shows that disclosing more aboutourselves online actually lessens intimacyand satisfaction among romantic couples.”But,Photo by: J. McPherskesen (Flickr)Source: Sherry Turkle, The Flightfrom Conversation
“People feel more pressure from friends and family tostay together when they have their partner in theirprofile picture and relationship status.”Photo by: ana_c_golpe (morgueFile) Source: Allison McCann, How Facebook Ruined Dating (And Breaking Up Too)
Photo by: the apostrophe (Flickr)“Remaining Facebook friends with an ex delayedemotional recovery and led to greater distressover the breakup, negative feelings, sexual desireand longing for the ex-partner.”Source: Allison McCann, How FacebookRuined Dating (And Breaking Up Too)
What about perhaps themost importantrelationship – the one withyourself?Photo by: Knokton (Flickr)
“Self-image is important, and not always in a narcissistic way.Its how we define ourselves, and present for others to see. Werely on others perceptions, judgments and appraisals to develop oursocial self.”Photo by: Abitha_Arabella (Flickr) Source: Christine Erickson, The Social Psychology of the Selfie
“Today, the chance of being scrutinized is greater becausemore people interact through a protected, anonymousfilter, potentially making any self-esteem issues moresensitive.”Photo by: MadalynChristine (Flickr)But,Source: Christine Erickson, TheSocial Psychology of the Selfie
“Social sites like the “Am I Ugly?” reddit further suggests the desireto maintain an image thats accepted by society before the self.”Photo by: lulia Pironea Photography (Flickr)Source: Christine Erickson, TheSocial Psychology of the Selfie
Photo by: zzpza (Flickr)Technology can be utilized as avaluable tool in everydaylives and relationships.
Photo by: hotblack (morgueFile)Like any tool, if usedimproperly, it hindersprogress and ruinsexperiences.
But when used properly, it brings a connection or satisfactionand opens the door to new ways of doing things.Photo by: nazka2002 (morgueFile)