A new Pew Research Poll says that those people who regularly use social media lead happier, more engaged lives.
I’m not sure why this would come as a surprise to anyone. look at everything social media has done for us. It allows grandparents to stay in touch with their far-flung extended families; watch videos of grandchildren and attend school plays and family gatherings they might otherwise have missed.
Social media allows everyone to better communicate with the people in their lives which time and distance have separated.
Brave New World
Social media has created a new world for all of us to live in. nobody has to be alone any more, although they certainly can be. Social media is not intrusive or exclusive (unless you count Google’s invitation-only system) it is open and available to anyone who wishes to participate. It also keeps its distance from those who still do not wish to join in.
We can find better jobs with social media, communicate better with business partners and be more productive and efficient using social media. Social media has also created new avenues for us to make our livings, from social media managers to simply getting better exposure for the business you already have.
What Comes Next
Based on the research being conducted today, what comes next for our world, as long as it continues to embrace social media, seems brighter and more fantastic than any of us ever imagined it could be. If we continue to build on the successes of today, then the successes of tomorrow will surely be even greater.
We call interactive communications tools such as Twitter and Facebook social media. But lots of commentators have asserted that using them heavily makes people less sociable, if not downright anti-social.
They say such communication is largely self-centered, and that folks get wrapped up in texting or spilling their innermost secrets online, without ever relating to others’ concerns.
But a new national survey of more than 2,200 American adults shows that those who use social-networking sites have what the study calls “higher measures of social well-being.” They are, it found, more trusting, have more close friends, get more support from those friends and are more politically engaged than other Americans.
And the survey, by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, told us something most of us already knew – that Facebook, in particular, has put users in touch with old high-school friends and revived other long-dormant relationships.
Much of the speculation about the impact of social-networking sites has centered on the possibility that they are hurting users’ relationships and pushing them away from participating in the world, notes Keith Hampton.
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