Today, I ask you to consider how social media platforms are changing the way we interact. To consider the impact that constant access to thoughtless chatter is having on our society and what example our own constant use is setting for our children.
As evidenced every day in so many ways, the new technological landscape brings many wonderful benefits to our family's lives and relationships. At the same time, as with any new innovations, this impact has a dark side.
DSM-V, the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is due for publication in May. Here's a sneak preview of some new mental disorder categories.
I can't stop interacting with screens. I'm using one now, of course, to write this post -- a moment of necessary productivity -- yet I am tethered to an array of devices in an almost constant cycle of euphoric use, excited overuse and crushing regret.
Of all the reasons employees abandon their work, wasting hours on social media, the most fundamental is the need to interact with others. The reality is that employees feel the need to socialize -- and will do so whether it's around the water cooler or online.
Although there's no official diagnosis for Internet or social media addiction, in my view, if it negatively impacts other areas of a person's life and use becomes more and more frequent, then at minimum it's a dependence, and at worst it's an addiction. Don't fear, though -- it is treatable.
While people may be averse to a loss of privacy, they are even more averse to being left on the sidelines while the rest of their network happily rides off into the social sunset, tweeting and sharing along the way
Recently I got a message from a student asking what techniques I would suggest for helping people limit their time on Facebook. Specifically, this student requested suggestions for NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) techniques that could help.
My addiction to Facebook hit a breaking point. It was time to go cold turkey. And I learned my need for connection and privacy are in constant competition on social media, and Facebook can't resolve either need in a satisfactory way.
So, is this a bad thing? I suppose some people could interpret anything positive that people return to often as addictive, but if "intense engagement and emotional enjoyment" is a bad thing than we have to worry more than just Facebook.