In his Ted Talk on What makes good life? psychiatrist Robert Waldinger shares insight from directing a 75-year-old study on adult development. He shares that happiness is not about fame and money, but instead, relationship. Read more about this study: “Scientists spent 75 years studying happiness and this is what they learned.”
Recenly former Facebook exectutives been featured in the media discussing the impact of social media on society. What are the impacts of social media? Here’s what the people who helped make Facebook are saying.
I should note that I love social media. We just need to use it with purpose and integrity. I think part of that requires we recognize that getting a small sense of connection and a hit of dopmine from a social media interaction is not a substitute for our deeper need for connection, meanining, and belonging that comes from being part of a strong local face-to-face community. Part of our strengthening the social fabric of our society requires we first acknowledge that we need community, that we need eachother, and that the void when we are missing it can’t be satisfied in the long term by digital connections.