By: Kimberly Made
If you take a moment to look around, regardless of where you are, you’ll notice one thing: everyone is on their phone. It has become an essential part of our lives. You want to order pizza? There’s an app for that. You want to share a funny story about something that happened to you? You’ll have to decide whether you want to post a Facebook status, send a text, or tweet about it. Just think about how many times a day we use our phones to avoid having to interact with other people. It’s like so we’re so used to relying on technology to communicate, that when it comes time to actually interacting out in the real world, we’re clueless.
According to schools.com, 39% of Americans spend more time on social media than interacting face to face, 20% prefer texting than talking face to face, and 33% are more likely to speak to someone new online than in person. 24% of people admitted to missing an important moment in person because they were focused on their phone at the time. It’s almost like we are addicted to our phones and our social media.
Yes, social media is great for keeping in contact with family, old friends, and even for connecting with strangers who share things in common with us, but we have to remember that there is more to the world than our online relationships. Sometimes it is important to just put your phone down and connect with real people in the real world. In the words of Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
If you or anyone you know is dealing with any issues that could be worsened by a social media, such as social anxiety, it could be beneficial to contact a mental health professional for counseling. If you are in Bergen County, New Jersey or Manhattan, New York, feel free to call 201-368-3700 or 212-722-1920 to make an appointment with one of our own therapists, counselors, psychologists or psychiatrists.