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Has Technology Made You Lonely?

Posted: August 31st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: News, Relationship Matters | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Has Technology Made You Lonely?

Has Technology Made You Lonely?As we’ve previously mentioned – Has Our Online Social Experience Improved Our Offline Lives? – there’s little doubt that the social benefits of the internet far outweigh the negatives.

Online tools like email and social networking sites offer “low friction” opportunities to create, enhance, and rediscover social ties that make a huge difference in people’s lives. So in this age of technology, an era that has seen socialising based more and more internet social networking, you’d have to ponder how anyone could ever feel lonely.

But it seems the more technology we use, the lonelier we are likely to be? That’s according to a recent survey conducted by community based, relationship support group Relationships Australia.

According to the group, 42 per cent of Australians who use an average of 4 modes of technology to communicate, like email, SMS, Facebook and Twitter were lonely compared with 11 per cent of people who confined themselves to a single mode.

Relationships Australia survey results, which came from polling 1200 people, also challenged the idea that elderly people are society’s loneliest. The data revealed that people aged 25-34 were most likely to frequently feel lonely – 27 per cent – young adults aged 18-24 were the second loneliest group – with 19 per cent  – frequently feeling lonely. However, for survey participants over 70 years of age, the figure was a lowly 11 per cent.

Sue Miller from  Relationships Australia says she was genuinely surprised by the surveys results,  the survey also surprisingly indicated that respondents who said they frequently felt lonely were more likely to use Facebook to hook up with buddies, family and potential partners – 54 per cent – than respondents who infrequently – 39 per cent – and respondents who never – 28 per cent – felt lonely :: Read the full article »»»»