Isolation In Social Media

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Studies have proven people who use Social Media are prone to ‘Social Isolation’ (Pittsburgh study). This isolation could also be a perceived one. In the words of A.V, a 14 years old class IX student, “I have always been facing gender discrimination through out of my life… Though my parents are always with me, I never feel supported…I feel lonely always and I start missing my friends, who helps me to ease my mood through chatting…” This verbatim substantiates that, the perceived social isolation by AV leads to preoccupation of Social Media usage. This also contrasts with the study that Social Media can exacerbate feelings of disconnect, depression, low self-esteem (Sum.etal., 2008) even without the user’s knowledge or awareness. In the case…show more content…
Every human being shows either of these two instincts predominantly. In A.V’s case, it was found that ‘death instinct’ was dominating, which commonly depicts destructive approach towards life. In the words of A.V, “sometimes I wish to be dead than living a life like this…” This statement corroborates Freud’s point of view about death instinct. In another point of view put forward by Beck (1976), death wish can be a result of ‘Cognitive Triad’- a common pattern in depression. The triad comprises of three elements- negative views about oneself, negative views about the world and negative views about the future. This irrational and pessimistic belief system of A.V may be a reason for her death wish. Personalizing (nickname); adding value to the meaning of virtual relationship - Assigning over value- leading to…show more content…
(Valkenburg, Peter and Schouten 2006). As far as social impact of Social Networking Sites is concerned, it can be said that it has both positive as well as negative impact. On the one hand, several scholars—including developmental, social, and life-span psychologists—argue that multiple benefits can be derived from Internet experiences, including a sense of self-efficacy (Whitty and McLaughlin 2007), improvements in learning (Jackson et al. 2006), which also corroborate with the candidate response of 15 years old R.B from class X. In R.B’s words, “I have been using internet mainly for knowledge sharing purpose than connecting with friends on Social Media…” In addition to this, he stated that, “there are so many social platforms intended for learning and sharing such as ‘Quora’, ‘Slide share’ etc… so all Social Media does not merely involve chatting and posting”. This candidate belonged to “Disordered” group with a SMD score of seven out of nine. Positive response was recorded for preoccupation, tolerance, withdrawal, persistence, displacement, problem and conflict. In contrast to the cliché of social media addiction as chatting, posting and surfing other’s profile, it can also be an addiction for other aspects of Social Media such as knowledge seeking and sharing. A common trend was also seen in ‘Non- disordered’ group in

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