We’ve all heard the stories of cyber bullying and how social networking, especially Facebook, is bad for our self image and self esteem, but there are positive aspects to social networking too. Here are some great ways social networking makes people happy.
5 Ways Social Networking Makes People Happy
1. Feeling Less Isolated
Social networking makes people happy by giving an instant link to the outside world. The negative effects of isolation are not to be under estimated and with a population increasingly working on laptops and often working from home this is a serious concern. It is also a problem for people with long term illness or who are confined to their home for other reasons – carers, home schoolers, the elderly, people who live in remote areas etc.
For the lone computer user sites like Facebook and Twitter give an opportunity to communicate with the outside world
Blogging and expressing yourself via different channels is another way social networking makes people happy. Blogging is a way of networking and reaching out to people with similar interests – other writers, artists, crafters.
It is also a way to connect with a supportive community of people who have health or social problems similar to your own. You can also find groups targeting specific interests or health problems on Facebook.
3. Support and Encouragement
Working from home can be a lonely experience, whether you are working on a college or university assignment, your next bestseller, a book of poetry or writing articles for the internet.
How often do you find yourself engaging in procrastination activities such as housework or mindless web site surfing because you are lonely and bored? That’s where social networking can help. I have often been cheered up by my Facebook friends when I am stuck at home working on a difficult assignment.
Just a few moments of feeling connected can brighten my day. There are also groups and online forums you can join to provide encouragement and support for your project. A friend of mine posts on her Facebook status how many words she has written that day – she is sure that all the positive comments she receives is what keeps her going when she is feeling less than inspired.
4. Laughing and Smiling
There are hundreds of studies showing that laughing and smiling can improve your sense of well-being so why not use the internet as a tool for cheering yourself up? Whether jokes and comic strips are your thing, whether you are fan of funny pictures and videos of animals or you prefer a more intellectual and literary type of wit – the Internet is full of amusing pictures, videos, stories, songs and anecdotes.
Try sites like You Tube, Deviant Art or My Space. Pinterest is a good site for finding funny or inspiring pictures and I am often cheered up by quotes and pictures that my friends post on Facebook.
5. Reaching Out
Of course as well as improving your solitary experience the Internet can give you a way to reach out into the real world. You might decide to look for jobs, groups or volunteering (London or beyond) opportunities to take you outside the house. Or you may look for jobs or volunteering roles you can do from home.
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Sam Wright is a freelance writer and a regular user of social media.