Getting in touch with someone is usually just digits away. So why, in today’s digital world do so many people report problems of loneliness? And issues of reaching and connecting with people?
Ironically, it seems as though technology is the root of the problem. The internet gives many of us the means of spending days without going to a store, seeing family or even going to your place of worship. On top of that, technology also creates a wedge between people, even if you do get in your car and drive somewhere. For example, you can use ATMs to get your money without talking to anyone. Also, you can insert your credit card at the gas station without seeing a clerk.
One of the biggest culprits is social media. Most people usually enjoy the feeling of being connected to friends and family almost immediately. You can send pictures and messages about your Caribbean Cruise Party the same night of the activity. These postings can give you temporary satisfaction until you realize that you are still isolated behind a screen. The real connection through technology is not person-to-person, but rather, person-to-device.
If you find you’re spending too much time alone, you have to intentionally work to avoid loneliness. Look for ways to incorporate time with your family and/or friends. This may seem difficult if they too are addicted to digital media. Another thing you can do is pursue a hobby that involves other people. When you find interesting things to do, you usually find a partner who shares this interest. Hobby ideas include cooking classes, sports, or joining a club. You can also volunteer for a non-profit. Not only will you enjoy meeting other volunteers, but it should give you a rewarding boost knowing that you are helping others.
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