New Age Communication
Social media can be so good however be aware if in anyway this form of communication is becoming stressful
There is a great book called Blue Zones that studies the areas of the world where we live the longest and the research summarised in this book is very interesting reading. One of the principals it teaches is that humans possess a fundamental need to belong and feel closely connected to others. However in this book this is documented with examples of family and community service.
Leading researches in this field believe it is this fundamental principal of needing to belong that has driven the considerable popularity of social media. Yet has this gone to far and is it a healthy form of communication. Hence many people in the world desire to stay connected yet may have a continual pressure to check for example: emails, Facebook, Instagram and SMSing. This pressure can lead to a feeling of burnout, stress and anxiety. In 2015 Australian Psychologist Society summarised after doing a survey on this topic that it was not the extent a person was using the phones etc but their relationship with these devices. It is all an individual problem.
FOMO is the “fear of missing out”.
Helpful hints for avoiding FOMO:
- Put your phone and internet connections in perspective and allocate set times so you are not continually on it all day
- Make sure socialisation in real life out does the device socialising
- incorporate exercise in your life to balance out sedentary time
- Avoid devices in bedrooms
- Look up and be present in your world and live in the now.
It will be lovely in time for people to discover or rediscover-
JOMO - JOY OF MISSING OUT on social media and JOTLA - Joy of true living again.
Being present and being in touch with people fully.
Never forget the importance of eye contact with communication