Bloomberg Businessweek the list that already includes the Wall St. Journal and
the New York Times of publications that have validated our prediction that 2018
is the "age of anxiety."
Check out our prediction here but check out, also, this
article by Bloomberg Businessweek's Editorial Board: "A New Year's Wish: Better
Social Media:Why is
everyone hooked on a product that makes them miserable?" (Original
print headline: "Social Media Doesn't Have to Be Terrible.")
Across Silicon Valley, insiders have lately been raising
similar concerns, and fretting that the business model of social media may be
undermining the well-being of its users. A growing body of research suggests
they have a point.
young, social media may be playing
a role in rising rates of depression and suicide. It seems to
induce feelings of envy, anxiety and inadequacy.
It appears to reduce self-esteem, inhibit sleep, interfere with
schoolwork and (of all the ironies) encourage antisocial
behavior. Some two-thirds of kids now
say they wouldn't mind if social media didn't exist. And who
can blame them?
The problem is that it's hard to
to what we’ve called the age of anxiety. The things that we rely on to get through
our day, to connect to family, friends, colleagues, and our communities at
large are the same things that undermine our sense of self and our happiness.
many of us recognize that our reliance on our screens and on social media is
making us unproductive and unhappy but we can’t break the addiction. And this
isn’t just a problem for teens; it’s a problem for everyone.
Businessweek’s Editorial Board suggests that “it’s up to social media business to
make its products more humane and less exploitive” but we don’t think they are
truly motivated to do so since making it easier to disconnect means taking a
hit on their revenue.
don’t have an answer, either. And we continue to be on social media, too.
won’t make it so, but as Bloomberg Businessweek’s Editorial Board says about
what social media tries to do – bring about human connection – “it’s worth
reflecting on how to meet that desire (human connection) – without making
everyone miserable in the process.”
agree with that more. Do you have suggestions for how to reduce our anxiety?
Let us know.