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    Is it just a sign of our times that people would rather spend time with Facebook instead of friends and family? It never ceases to amaze me that people will spend time posting comments and editing and posting pictures instead of participating in family events, even as those events are happening.

    It seems odd to me that they are more interested in social media than family. Maybe I'm old-fashioned.

    Do you notice the same?
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    Simply put - it is easier. You don't have to get dressed. You don't have to leave the house. You don't have to worry about getting clobbered for saying the wrong thing. You can leave the room without having to come up with a good excuse. You can lie about your appearance, weight, relationships, whatever. You can say whatever you want at anytime in the 24 hr day without waking anyone else, loading up the kids, etc.

    On the other side of this: my brother and sister live in a different part of the state, dad in San Antonio in a hospice care, no other family; of the wife's 3 kids one lives here and lives a pretty busy life with his own family, difficult to find time to interact face to face; my closest friends lives 100 miles away; social media is a blessing in that aspect.
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    To clarify, I'm not talking about using social media to *access* family. I love that. I wouldn't trade that for anything.

    I'm talking about using social media to broadcast one's life to friends and strangers INSTEAD of family, even as your family is sitting around you at events like birthdays, keeping their nose in their phone rather than interacting with REAL people.

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    Simply put - it is easier. You don't have to get dressed. You don't have to leave the house. You don't have to worry about getting clobbered for saying the wrong thing. You can leave the room without having to come up with a good excuse. You can lie about your appearance, weight, relationships, whatever. You can say whatever you want at anytime in the 24 hr day without waking anyone else, loading up the kids, etc.

    On the other side of this: my brother and sister live in a different part of the state, dad in San Antonio in a hospice care, no other family; of the wife's 3 kids one lives here and lives a pretty busy life with his own family, difficult to find time to interact face to face; my closest friends lives 100 miles away; social media is a blessing in that aspect.
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    Ah...like announcing trips to the bathroom, sex change operations, and such. Yeah, that's pretty bizarre....
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    Last weekend I was out on a long group bicycle ride. One of the riders suffered a major mechanical (broken chain) so we all stopped and I helped with the lengthy repair.

    Apparently one of the other riders took a picture of us repairing this bicycle chain by the side of the road, and posted it to her Facebook timeline.

    Apparently one of the other riders, bored with standing around waiting for us to complete the repair, was perusing her Facebook feed, came across the picture of what was in reality happening not 4' from where she was standing, and says aloud, in all seriousness, "Weird, this looks so familiar!" A second later she looked up from her iPhone, said "Oh, duh" and felt really stupid for the rest of the day.
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    But yeah, seems like that's the way a lot of folks live their lives these days: Indirectly, through the viewfinder (sic) rather than directly experiencing anything. It's the downside of virtual reality. Sad.

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    Yes, I believe it has become a real problem. We've noticed a significant correlation between the usage of social media and perceived disconnection (irony!) and loneliness. As well, we've also seen a significant correlation between the usage of social media and various types of anxiety - often crippling anxiety (which is why people either come to us or we send them to a psychiatrist to get medicated).
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    The hilarious David Lee Roth autobiography mentions the same phenomenon amongst show techs back in the '80's: Cheerleaders on stage at a half-time show, on stage above mere feet away, tech pit all crowded around the ('80's!) CRT's to watch the camera pickup rather than the real thing. Social media has just made it easier for everyone to separate from reality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Ross View Post
    Apparently one of the other riders, bored with standing around waiting for us to complete the repair, was perusing her Facebook feed, came across the picture of what was in reality happening not 4' from where she was standing, and says aloud, in all seriousness, "Weird, this looks so familiar!" A second later she looked up from her iPhone, said "Oh, duh" and felt really stupid for the rest of the day.
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    But yeah, seems like that's the way a lot of folks live their lives these days: Indirectly, through the viewfinder (sic) rather than directly experiencing anything. It's the downside of virtual reality. Sad.
    Like going to a concert and watching the performers on your cellphone screen while you're making a video, instead of just enjoying the music. It really seems sad to me.

    Almost like it's more important to "broadcast" the moment instead of enjoying it.
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