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Amsterdam Center for Social Media

Does Facebook stop us from singing to ourselves when we are alone?

Camiel Beukeboom picture article

Camiel Beukeboom

The availability of social contacts is enormously important for people. We have a fundamental need to connect and interact with others. A lack of satisfactory social contacts has been shown to result in reduced psychological well-being and even in reduced physical health (Cohen, 2004). Yet, genuine social interaction is not always present. What do we do when we are alone or feel lonely?

Interestingly, research has shown that when social interaction is lacking, individuals seek out activities that can act as a substitute or reminder of social connections. Such activities have been called “social snacking” (Gardner et al., 2005). Social snacking reminds us of having an active social live when not immersed in it at that time, and appears to ameliorate some of the negative effects of feeling alone (Twenge et al., 2007). When individuals lack social interaction they may, for instance, look at photographs of loved ones, or anthropomorphize and talk to Read the rest of this entry »

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