Is social media making young peopleÂ lonely? '“Â Lauren Wise
Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook. The Holy Trinity to the majority of young adults.
WeÂ rely on these apps everyday to give us a sense of approval, valuing ourselves on the amount of likes we receive, or the number of shares on our tweets and statuses.
But is this causing more harm than weÂ realise?
Is our dependence on likes and shares startingÂ to have an effect on our ability to socialise and communicate?
Are we the lonely generation?
Recent findings from the BBC Loneliness Experiment show that after surveying aroundÂ 55,000 people,Â the results showed that 40 per cent of 16-24 year olds would regularly define themselves as often or very oftenÂ feeling lonely compared to 27 per centÂ of overÂ 75s.
We have become a group who no longer speakÂ face to face, but rather through a phone.
OlderÂ generations look at us in amazement, wondering how we manage to communicate through the littleÂ screens we hold in our pockets.
IÂ have a crippling fear of picking up the phone andÂ attempting to talk to people.
I am so used to communicating through a screen, so much that I'd ratherÂ send an email, or drop a text.
This isn't an attempt to demonise social media.
In fact, social media is one of the greatest creations thatÂ our generation has to utilise.
We are able to share moments in our lives through sharing videos andÂ pictures that we may not be able to show others.
We can spread the word on actions and movements,Â give our opinions on world affairs and let them be heard.
But do weÂ lose ourselves in our online presence? And are theÂ happy personas weÂ project through social media actually false images we're hiding behind?
Lauren Wise is a journalism student studying at Highbury College, Cosham