The realm of social media and electronic interaction is the new norm in the world of communication. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google + and texting are the preferred forms of interaction for Milliennials. In a research study by Lookout, researchers found that nearly 60% said they don't go an hour without checking their phone. Younger folks were the most addicted: 63% of women and 73% of men ages 18-34 say they don't go an hour without checking their phones.
“Americans no longer talk to each other, they entertain each other. They do not exchange ideas, they exchange images. They do not argue with propositions; they argue with good looks, celebrities and commercials.” (Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business)
I've been wrestling with writing a post like this because I'm one of those stats listed above. I like having my phone nearby. The delightful sound of my phone pinging or vibrating is like my social addict "shot in the arm". In a world where social media interaction is the new norm could it be that is it infringing on our ability to build real life relationships and redeem the time?