Dr Oz: Are We More Lonely Than Ever?
When Dr Oz conducted a large health survey and spoke to women across the country from all different backgrounds, he learned just how hard it really is to be a woman in 2016. Perhaps the most surprising discovery was that, despite the revolution of communication and social media, there’s an “epidemic of social isolation” in the U.S. that Dr Oz is calling “the new adult loneliness.”
When asked whether social media had kept them from connecting in real life, 22% of women said yes while 78% said no. But yet 60% of women admitted to spending more time reading about their friends on social media than actually talking to them and 60% of women admitted to feeling lonely or isolated. Mike Berland explained that women seemingly don’t even realize that social media is keeping them from connecting with people in real life, leading to that feeling of loneliness.
Dr Oz: Missing Out On Healthy Connections
Dr Jennifer Ashton explained that the “feel good hormone” is released when we touch or hug someone we care about, and it’s likely not nearly the same for when you get a “like” on social media. Carolina Bermudez added that so many people are afraid of real communication now. Tia Brown also felt that women have to monitor what they share more-so online than in real life, out of fear about the reaction they will get.
The truth is that everyone has something in their lives worth celebrating every day, so you shouldn’t be afraid to celebrate!
Dr Oz: Relationships In Person VS Online
If you prefer to text or email instead of make a phone call or meet in person, if you have hundreds of friends on social media but rarely make plans with them in real life, or if you rely on social media to learn about major moments in others’ lives, you could be setting yourself up for loneliness.
To find out how social media is helping or hurting connections, Dr Oz built a “social media super-station.” He then had three women log into their social media sites with Tia Brown by their side, to discuss their online friends and activities. The women admitted that social media and texting were their main ways of communicating, even with their closest friends. What the three women didn’t know, was that their best friends were actually right there in the studio waiting to surprise them!
As the six women sat down with Dr Oz, they talked about how much fun they have together and enjoy being in each other’s company. They admitted that the reaction and experience they have in person, is vastly different than what happens online. They made a point to say that, even if there’s a lot of miles between them, they had to make more of a point to come together in person to keep that strong connection.
Dr Oz: How To Build Stronger Relationships
To build a better connection, without having to give up social media, Dr Oz suggested you first trade one text for a phone call at some point this week. Secondly, use social media to make a coffee date! Finally, confide a secret to a friend, whether it’s a cause of stress or a reason to celebrate! By doing those three things, you can build more meaningful relationships in just one week’s time.