The Shift in Human Behaviour

28-feb-2014

Social media’s rising popularity has had a significant impact on human behaviour, but not all of it is good.

In Michael Price’s article, Sherry Turkle states, “People are more connected too each other than ever before, but at the expense of becoming lonelier and distant from one another in their ‘unplugged lives’” (2011).  This quote really resonated with me, as I am guilty of using social media too frequently.  I often use social media  as an escape when I’m bored, when I should be studying, when I’m out with my friends, basically whenever and wherever I can be on my phone I’m checking social media.  However, this can be a dangerous habit.  Social media gives us the freedom to selectively craft our online personas, to put immense thought into our posts that Father Time just doesn’t allow for in face-to-face communication.

Lori Wagner says, “Face-to-face meetings have been replaced with interactions through various social media platforms” (p. 116, 2015).  Social media gives us an unprecedented amount of control over our interactions with others, but by shying away from face-to-face communication to maintain a sense of control can be harmful to the individual.  It is not possible to go your whole life without face-to-face communication, and by relying on technology for a semblance of control and to maintain a buffer between you and the receiver can cripple an individual’s ability to have fulfilling face-to-face interactions with others.  Human behaviour has shifted to this hands-off, face-to-face interaction avoidance approach, and this can eventually take its’ toll on our relationships with out friends and family.

In conclusion, social media has unfortunately shifted human behaviour from up-front communication to a more avoidance oriented, and often misleading approach.  There is a simple way to fix this issue; stop giving priority to social media!

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Wagner, L. (2015). When your smartphone is too smart for your own good: How social media alters human relationships. Journal of Individual Psychology, 71(2), 114-121. Retrieved from: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312324199/When-Your-Smartphone-Is-Too-Smart-for-Your-Own-Good-How-Social-Media-Alters-Human-Relationships

Price, M. (2011). Alone in the crowd. American Psychological Association, 42(6).  Retrieved from: http://www.apa.org/monitor/2011/06/social-networking.aspx

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