Study on How Social Networks Impact Our Day-To-Day Life
Two journalists from the New York Times, Joseph Grenny and David Maxfield, conducted a survey about how social media activity impacts our day-to-day lives. The results show that 58% of 1623 people surveyed said taking perfect pictures for social media has prevented them from enjoying life experiences. The reason people are distracted from enjoying their experiences is a phenomenon Grenny and Maxfield termed “trophy hunting,” which is when people are focused on capturing a likable post shot instead of living in the moment.
About 91% of the respondents said they have witnessed tourists miss a great moment because they were trying to capture it for social media. Some of the respondents said that their desire for a cute shot occasionally provokes antisocial behavior – people discipline their children or risk their own safety to get a like-worthy post.
The journalists suggested that people participating in “trophy hunting” experience a low level of happiness, and should probably take a break from social media activities.