I saw this YouTube video last year, and I thought it was brilliantly done and wanted to share. The video depicts the expectations and realities of meeting, or rather, reconnecting with a romantic interest via Facebook. Social networking use has been associated with lower levels of social well-being; for example, more social media and smart phone usage has been linked to higher levels of loneliness, social anxiety, and other areas of social-emotional wellness (see examples of research in this area below).Perhaps, having realistic expectations about your social media experiences could prevent feelings of loneliness or social anxiety?!
A few examples of research findings surrounding social media, psychology, and human behavior include:
Appelbaum, P., & Kopelman, A. (2014). Social media’s challenges for psychiatry. World Psychiatry, 13, 21-23.
Caplan, S. E. (2007). Relations among loneliness, social anxiety, and problematic internet use. CyberPsychology & Behavior, 10, 234-242. doi: 10.1089/cpb.2006.9963.
Huan, V. S., Ang, R. P., & Chye, S. (2014). Loneliness and shyness in adolescent problematic internet users: The role of social anxiety. Child Youth Care Forum. doi: 10.1007/s10566-014-0252-3.
Lee, Y., Chang, C., Lin, Y., & Cheng, Z. (2014). The dark side of smartphone usage: Psychological traits, compulsive behavior and technostress. Computers in Human Behavior, 31, 373-383.
Rauch, S. M., Strobel, C., Bella, M., Odachowski, Z., & Bloom, C. (2014). Face to face versus Facebook: Does exposure to social networking websites augment or attenuate physiological arousal among the socially anxious? Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 17, 187-190. doi: 10.1089/cyber.2012.0498.