The Positive Benefits of Social Networking

When I was a little girl, I used to fantasize about what it would be like to live in the future. Now it is here. We are living in the future! Perhaps the cybernetic implants and teleportation devices are scarcer than I had imagined and glamourized in my mind at a young age but the means of communication surely has evolved beyond fantasy. In a downward glance, at the click of a button, we can transcend distance almost as if we were teleporting and connect with another person. The electronics are not implanted into our bodies but our hands willingly create and utilize countless machines, which keep getting smaller and more efficient, easier to transport. It is almost if they are cybernetics with how often they touch our flesh, they might as well be implanted in our bodies.

One thing that has stayed the same here in ‘the future’ is the innate human desire to connect with other people and maintain good relations. There is a reason for the desire… People who have good social support are less likely to become either physically or mentally ill. (Cohen, 2004) Countless studies have shown that people with positive social ties are happier and a lot less stressed which invite more relationships in turn.  (Baumgardner & Crothers, 2009) Misery may love company but so doesn’t joy, you become a beacon for others who wield the light as well.

So what constitutes a genuine social tie or bond, one that strengthens subjective well being and happiness? Continue reading

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Just because I am not on the Right, does NOT mean that I am on the Left.

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It is a popular dichotomy. Just as it was on the playground while in elementary school, “If you’re not for us, you’re against us,” has permeated modern day politics and the verbiage of those who affiliate with either of the two major parties currently destroying our country today. Why is it so hard to believe that there are many of us who choose not to affiliate with either side? …and do you blame the growing number of “us” for NOT doing so? Continue reading

The First Blog of a “Thirty-Something”, Ready to “Live in the Future.”

I am a child of the 80’s. I found CBs to be fascinating, the fact that you could instantly talk to anybody outside of your usual environment (though they were usually lonely truckers, or creepy guys looking for a victim that matched my description) and used to peruse the phone book finding victims to prank call or even just to have a chat and was always grateful when somebody would take time out of their day to indulge me in a random conversation. I always ached for something outside of my usual environment, to engage with people who had a life different than my own rural girl upbringing and utilized every low tech means of that time that I had to “reach out and touch someone”- much to the annoyance of many people who were perfectly fine with not being “touched” in such a way. Continue reading