"Social media has certainly shifted the way we communicate and relate to the world around us," says Madeleine DiLeonardo, MEd, LPC, NCC, a licensed professional counselor and founder of Mind Body and Soul by DiLeonardo Wellness. "In some ways, we are able to remain connected to friends who are far away or whom we do not get to see regularly in person, and this is great. However, it's important to note that while sending memes back and forth allows for continued contact, investing in friendships on a deeper level is an important part of maintaining positive relationships. When we 'like' something online, we perceive this as feeling connected to the person. However, human connection requires that we invest more deeply than that."
Dare we say that social media and technology have made us a little bit lazier when it comes to our friendships? I know that I've been guilty of that at times. There have been moments when I've realized I haven't caught up with someone in a long time, and instead of calling them, I decided to just comment on their latest Instagram post or reply to their story. I know, yikes.