It’s only been 27 years since invitations to the first social network hit our inboxes – but it’s already touched all of our lives.
As Instagram hits two billion monthly active users, and users turn to the AR metaverse as a way to own digital land and generate income, or shape the future of the metaverse, what Americans think to connect online versus the real world?
Facebook, which now wishes to be known as the Meta, is making a big bet on its Metaverse, despite recently leaked documents showing the company has long known that its platform is interfering with sleep, work, relationships and / or. to parenthood for approximately 360 million people worldwide.
This begs the question: do people want to continue living in virtual realities or are they looking for something else in real life?
Neighborhood platform experiment firm Venn released its trend report for 2021. It surveyed more than 500 people in Detroit, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami and New York to explore the attitudes and behaviors of Americans when it comes to online and real-world connections. .
He also wanted to find out how these attitudes translate into their life experiences and what helps them feel connected to the areas in which they live.
The survey showed that 43% of those polled would like to be more connected to their neighbors.
However, 44% said they have stronger connections with people on social media than with people in their real neighborhood, indicating that these online connections do not translate into the real world.
It also appears Americans need help connecting in the real world. Most respondents (63%) agree that it is important to live in a neighborhood they feel they belong to, and half said they want to be active members of their neighborhood.
However, two-thirds said they rarely spent time with their neighbors, attended local events, or gave back to their neighborhood.
Nearly seven in ten say they are not interested in Meta’s virtual reality project, the Metaverse, with 84% of baby boomers, 56% of Gen Z, and 54% of millennials expressing disinterest.
Recently, Facebook has struggled to reach young users and creators by spending over $ 1 billion to pay creators directly for their content. And it seems America has become more and more anti-social.
Canceling plans is an unfortunate side effect of our social media addiction. Although COVID-19 has had a massive impact on our anti-social behavior according to a recent survey by Simple Texting.
He interviewed over 3,000 people to find out how antisocial they were. The survey found that more than four in five people prefer texting to calls. and four in five say they feel relief when they cancel plans.
However, nearly one in three (28%) Gen Z people don’t trust any social media platform to protect their privacy, according to a recent study of 1,500 Americans by ExpressVPN.
Although 100% of Gen Z surveyed have social media accounts, nearly nine in ten (86%) said social media has a direct impact on their happiness.
This generation also expressed concern that social media companies are using facial recognition software (67%) and personal data for targeted ads (65%).
Another recent JAMA study found that adults who use social media are more likely to report symptoms of depression.
The good news is that people want to change. Almost half (45%) of respondents to Venn’s survey said they would be more likely to choose to live in a building that offers services that help them feel more connected to their neighborhood rather than another.
Will the metaverse be the next way to connect us socially? As adults spend more and more time online, it looks like they will.
But unless our real life and personal relationships continue to develop, the future could be very isolating.