Does frequent use of social media destroy our real life relationships?
The question isn’t new, but as this video reveals the answer is little more complicated than you might expect.
Hill mentions a number of studies that have suggested excessive use of technology negatively affects real life relationships, including one (which can be found here) that finds a correlation between high Facebook usage and feelings of jealousy.
Beyond this however, she also says that different people use social media in different ways, with their behaviour online tending to mimic that of their behaviour in real-life, thus causing one to feed off the other.
She also cites another study in which people who already have high levels of attachment anxiety will rely on their phones to reach out to their partners. In doing so, people increase their attachment to both their partners and their phones. While the phone itself doesn’t make a person anxious it is used to express the feelings of anxiety.
HIll says that technology and social networks, "don't ruin relationships. They're tools that enable your behavior, whether that's good, or bad,"
"We're not so much addicted to our devices as we are to each other and the quantization of those interactions," Eifler adds.
Simply put, we’re not drawn to social networks as a direct result of having a smartphone, rather they have become a tool allowing us to fulfill our need to feel connected with others in ways that allow us to get around the restraints of place and time.