Well-connected, but alone? How friendships in the digital age changing

thousands of Followers on Instagram, or Twitter, hundreds of friends on Facebook - a lot of especially younger people are friends in the social networks with ma

Well-connected, but alone? How friendships in the digital age changing

thousands of Followers on Instagram, or Twitter, hundreds of friends on Facebook - a lot of especially younger people are friends in the social networks with many people. "But friendship does not equal friendship," says psychologist Anna Schneider of the Hochschule Fresenius in Cologne, Germany.

to have As Online friends only, a specification of the network is. The digital age has not changed according to their data, real friendships are fundamentally different - rather, new opportunities are created

friendship day: Instagram & co. can friendship in the digital age to maintain maintain

in order To intense conditions, it could help the social networks, emphasises Anna Schneider, research on friendships in the digital age. "Instagram and co. can prevent friendships are acquaintances."

The contact even over large distances would be easier than ever - and a "Like" or "Online sweetheart", could be important symbols of affection, she says in the run-up to the International day of friendship on Thursday (30. July).

the title of "friend" online is completely different than in real life

The icons alone are not sufficient. Such "social Snacks" suggested to be part of a community. In truth, they left a bitter aftertaste. "Then, at the latest, when the relationship becomes strained - for example, when moving - you can't count on these people mostly," says the psychologist.

The title "friend" is online very different than in real life. The a study by the British researcher Robin reveals to Dunbar from the University of Oxford from the year 2016. Result: Facebook users to see only about four of her Online friends as a close, familiar caregivers.

expert: "True friendships life of encounters, of near"

For Schneider, this is no Surprise. "Because true friendships life of encounters, of close. "And how do you build such a bond with often several Hundreds of Online friends?", asks the researcher. Real hugs but showed how it is the Opposite, both physically and emotionally.

"Skype calls can never be a permanent replacement for in-person Meetings," she explains.

psychologist: Everyone has around three close "heart friends", and twelve average friends

"intimate and personal heart relationship" defined by the Berlin psychologist, Wolfgang Krüger friendship. Normally, each have around three of these narrow "heart friends", and twelve more average friends. "This is the best we'll get. Finally, you have to build friendships and maintain. It is a lifelong task," says the author of the book.

the Tight space conditions, according to Krüger a period of about 30 years, and are more durable than some of the love relationship. "Friendships are less conflict-prone, just a bit more distance than in a partnership." 50 percent of the other, narrow less, friendships failed within seven years. "We are here as a transit station," says the psychologist.S

study: Heavy Internet consumption usually means fewer real friendships

especially heavy Internet use, particularly social media, is associated with fewer real friendships. The a study of medicine researcher Brian Primack of the University of Pittsburgh from the year 2017 shows. In the case of people who spend more than two hours a day on Instagram, and co., the probability that they are socially isolated, thus approximately twice as large as in the case of people who spend less than half an hour there.

"of course, if you are predisposed to Internet addiction, is always to the detriment of active friendships. This is but a small exception," commented Wolfgang Krüger the investigation. To be well networked, not hot, that you feel yourself in a real life lonely. Especially in the younger Generation up to 35 years, Mr. a healthy skepticism of the Laundry. "The are aware that Online are not the same as friends with real friends."

digitisation or not: "Real friendships need real encounters"

But digitization or not: "Real friendships need real encounters", summarizes the expert tailor. Basically, has not changed the essence of friendship by the digitisation of so: "friendships are today, lived only different".

So new contacts would be maintained through the targeted use of specific communication channels, a safe distance while trusted contacts of full digital access will be granted. Video calling is a popular means within the family or close friends. "But if the landlord sends you a video message, that would be rather disturbing," Schneider says. For online applies: friendship does not equal friendship. After the scorching heat of the Storm: hail, Gale-force winds and up to 60 litres of rain coming on the weekend PCP After the scorching heat of the Storm: hail, Gale-force winds and up to 60 litres of rain on the weekend Angler draws huge underwater creature from the lake of Constance PCP Angler draws huge underwater creature from the lake Constance

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Updated Date: 31 July 2020, 07:26

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