Dr. Danielle Forshee, Psy.D., lent her insight to Elite Daily about why social media may be making you feel lonely.
“The only true fulfilling reciprocal relationships we have are the ones in our reality,” Dr. Danielle Forshee, Psy.D., a mental health counselor based in New Jersey, tells Elite Daily over email. Just because you feel somewhat “connected” to another person on social media, doesn’t necessarily translate to a genuine connection in real life, she says. “There is a level of superficiality involved with social media that cannot be replicated or replaced by in-person relationships,” she adds. In other words, it’s not necessarily a bad thing to be drawn to another person over cyberspace. Those emotions are real, and authentic — but not quite in the same way that a connection with real-life friends are, according to Forshee.
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