Comparison is also a major factor causing the high levels of loneliness in Dublin’s younger population. By comparing their lives to unrealistic idealised online representations of other’s lives young people create an expectation for their social lives which cannot be met by reality.
They compare their lives online
They hide from their emotionsYoung people use digital media to distract themselves from their thoughts & emotions. Instead of processing & understanding their strenuous emotions young adults hide from them & simply prolong them. This is known as avoidant coping. Often it can make things worse because they compare their social situation to others online.
Young people aren’t interacting with the people and the world immediately around them because they are engrossed by their phones. Because of this, they have less social interaction and a reduced chance of developing social connections.They are distracted by their phones