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Use of social media causes loneliness among young Japanese

  • July 25, 2018
  • , NHK
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NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported that a growing number of people, especially young ones, are feeling “lonely” even though they are “connected” with others through social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The program said many of them feel lonely and suffer from low self-esteem because they see their friends enjoying active social lives on social media. One popular Instagrammer said that young people today are so used to communicating through social media that when they fail to make friends on social media they lose the courage to try to make friends in real life, which they think is much more difficult.

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