Proposal for my paper, how/if the media makes people feel lonelier:
Sometimes, when people are feeling lonely they turn to the internet. This is how they express themselves and find other people to talk to. During my research paper, I want to study how and why this happens. Also, I want to touch upon different ways a person can create a friendship/relationship using the internet. One example is, many times people while playing video games, interact with strangers. In many safe cases, these strangers become friends. Even though they never met, they turn to each other for help, advice, etc. This can happen on different social media platforms as well. Following or friending different people have become common and often they reach out to each other. Another part of this I want to research is if this is healthy/good for a person. I believe that there is so much virtual interaction one can take before craving actual physical communication. I will also briefly mention the podcast I presented during class, “Meet an Online Emotional Escort.” By WNYC studios (Note to Self).
When it comes to the sources, I will not only be mentioning and taking examples from the podcast, but I will also be using:
“The Social Media Disconnect” Darby Saxbe
This one article mentions how when plans get canceled/have nothing to do, people turn to our phones. They then turn to social media and see what everyone else is up to; this is when they see other people going out, doing things, etc. As the article mentions they might question, “Why do I have nothing to do on a Friday night? Why can’t I find anyone to hang out with? And then my catastrophic conclusion: I must be lonely.”
A very interesting point I will be talking about is how they mention, “Researchers have found that people who use multiple social media platforms report more symptoms of anxiety and depression. Longer or more frequent use of social media also appears to predict depressive symptoms.” On my paper, I full fully explain why this happens.
“Is the internet making us lonely?” Christian Jarret
“Is the internet making us lonely?” by Christian Jarrett was posted on World Economic Forum. This article talks about an experiment they did on social media usage between 2004 and 2005. They discovered that the people with greater internet usage tended to report being lonelier and being less satisfied with life.
“Does the Internet Make Us Lonely?” Jakob Nielsen
I will be using this article to talk about social isolation. The article mentions, “The study found that the more time people spend on the Internet, the less time they spend communicating with other people. In particular, 27% of heavy Internet users report spending less time talking to friends and family over the phone. 15% report spending less time physically with friends and family, and 13% report spending less time attending events outside the house.” These are interesting and useful stats that will be included in my paper.