Many say technology is tearing us apart but studies generally show that tech and the internet make us happier. What gives?
Research has shown time and time again that what makes you happier is relationships with people.
The problem is we all have a tendency to use technology to replace relationships.
We do it with television, with our phone, our computer, etc.
Technology can increase happiness and improve relationships if you leverage it to connect with other people:
The results were unequivocal. “The greater the proportion of face-to-face interactions, the less lonely you are,” he says. “The greater the proportion of online interactions, the lonelier you are.”
We frequently use technology to replace relationships. This is bad. Technology can increase happiness and improve relationships if you leverage it to connect with other people.
There’s certainly a near-term and long-term difference: your brain loves things that give you more options even if too many choices end up making you miserable. (Humans aren’t always rational. Welcome to Earth.)
Problem is we all have a tendency to use technology to replace relationships.
You do it with television:
Study 1 demonstrated that people report turning to favored television programs when feeling lonely, and feel less lonely when viewing those programs.
Television competes with friends for your free time and acts as a (poor) substitute. It fills the slot of real relationships so effectively…
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