All the kids are doing it.
Hanging out on social media sites, that is. Twitter, Facebook, texting, Google+ if they get an invite. The younger generation is all over these sites and programs like a gold digger on a rich guy.
But now the younger generation is feeling lonely. The Relationships Australia 2011 Relationship Indicators Survey finds people in the 25-34 age range are the loneliest generation and it just so happens that they're more likely to be using at least four social media platforms at any given time.
With social media, the more isn't the merrier: 40% of people who are everywhere, all the time on social media feel lonely compared to 11% of people who tend to frequent only one social media site. Also not surprisingly, Facebook users who write ten status updates per hour are the loneliest people on the planet. Damn it, will somebody please care about my trip to Starbuck's for once!?
So it turns out that face time and off-line human contact still matter greatly to our psyche and well-being, which is not surprising in the least. We're all alone, together, online. And as Three Dog Night once noted, one is the loneliest number that you'll ever do. It's just no good anymore since you went away -- er, online -- and started getting Carpal Tunnel from too much texting. Good thing you can live life in 140 characters or less, right? Hey, no one said technological progress was going to be easy.