Susana Rodrigues Garcia

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What are the effects of social isolation?

People are even more isolated as time goes by. What are the effects of social isolation in a big scale? Could it ruin a whole society?How will this get worse in the future?

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    Jul 21 2013: Being socially connected- or more precisely, being happy with ones friendships- is, according to Martin Seligman, a prominent scholar and TED speaker, the most significant predictor of happiness and life satisfaction. I believe it is also an important predictor of long-term physical health.

    It is not how many people one is connected with that matters, I suspect.

    I have not seen research on this point, but my conjecture is that as long as a person has one or two close friends with whom to process the life experience together, the rest is frosting on the cake. It may depend on how introverted or extroverted one is.
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    Jul 23 2013: Thank you very much. :) I am doing research for Future Problem Solving Program International and it´s useful to know different opinions about this subject.
    I think that,in the future,people will delay their social life, because it´s too much easier being in front of a notebook instead of facing real problems.
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      Jul 24 2013: Social problems are getting worse. I understand the connection now. Yes, it is much easier to "notebook" all thoughts and opinions down for someone else to read. Now as I think about it, in a way it is similar to reading something written on a bathroom stall like Facebook, thanks for letting me see what you had for lunch today (pun intended). Not at TED though mostly. It's a common ground thing going on here I believe. The worst thing about thoughts in a "notebook" left for someone to pick up is the lack of tone. I'm starting to believe this is starting to spread in real social issues. I don't know but from my recent experience even tone means nothing it seems face to face. To tell a joke, you have to be on stage where people know exactly where you are coming from even better if they are paying you for it in front of a large crowd. Well, ha you can begin to make up a silly ass story subjected to a possible juvenile book and get thrown out of a damn bar :) OR just write it down here and ...who knows? offensive? outrageous? dumb? funny? righteous? wrongful? All is left up for interpretation by each individual reader. Maybe the way the economy is has much to do with it, I don't know. I hope that helped. Do we all share the same bad day every day, soft and pissy? Don't know about the future but hmmmmm, some tension at times. I do personally know others when they see this ":)" behind a sentence gets immediate negative attention. "So, just because you put a :) means it's OK to say?!" I don't know, getting weird in both worlds :) :) :) :) "Dude, I said your mother's cooking is delicious :)" ...WTF? Maybe I'm off topic here? I don't know. Do you mean what driving forces may cause social isolation? I do know a few single hermits here and there.

      Jenny 867-5309 ha!
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    Jul 22 2013: What an irony !!!

    More people on social networking sites

    means more physical isolation.
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    Jul 22 2013: Using a medical metaphor we can say social isolation can reduce one's exposure to potentially harmful ideologies, politics, and peer-pressures. Being cautious to avoid contamination by pettiness, triviality, destructive fantasy, and counter-productive activities can improve one's overall existence. Some people exercise caution in socio/political exposure. Others just wallow in the Petri dish of human society with no concern for malignant infection. Some nations (Switzerland) exercise careful socio/cultural/political quarantine and immunization. Other nations (USA) take no such precautions. Social isolation, properly applied, promotes healthy, productive, harmonious longevity.
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      Jul 22 2013: I'm moving to Switzerland....
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        Jul 22 2013: I tried. They consider me to be a social influence best kept isolated! Go figure. :-{
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      Jul 23 2013: Edward, I could not agree with you more. As I have grown in years I have found truth and solace in your words:

      " social isolation can reduce one's exposure to potentially harmful ideologies, politics, and peer-pressures. Being cautious to avoid contamination by pettiness, triviality, destructive fantasy, and counter-productive activities can improve one's overall existence"

      thank you for sharing.
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        Jul 23 2013: You are welcome. . . now don't try to get any closer! Just kidding Mary Ellen! Be well. :-D
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    Jul 22 2013: Susana, what is your evidence that people are even more isolated as time goes by? Are you isolated?

    In a way it's hard to answer this question because if I knew any isolated people, they wouldn't be isolated, would they, because they would know me.
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      Jul 22 2013: You can feel alone in a room full of people Greg.

      Isolation is not necessarily being alone and knowing no one, don't you think?

      Social isolation is when there is little interaction with others. I wish she would define what type of isolation she is talking about.......and what she thinks is the cause, because that way, we could discuss this topic better.

      Let's see if she chimes in. :D
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        Jul 22 2013: I'll have to think about it, Mary. I don't think I've ever felt alone in a roomful of people, even if I didn't talk to them. But I suppose one could, however, we wouldn't know it unless they came up and told us, and then they wouldn't be quite so alone, they'd be communicating with us.

        Oftentimes at a group gathering I will try to talk to the person noone is talking to as sometimes it's more serene, if you talk to the person everyone is talking to there's a lot of laughter and loudness and sometimes the noise gets to me.
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    Jul 22 2013: Even being connected and so on, people must feel isolated, even in the middle of a crowd. It's a real (and frequent) feeling. I think it's mainly an inner perception than a real situation.
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    Jul 22 2013: Dear Susana,
    Welcome to TED conversations:)
    Shane answers your question directly.
    There are two videos on bottom of page: see:
  • Aug 2 2013: Hi ! Thanks for your question.I believe that the most abvious cause of social isolation is 'internet and technology' people are becoming slaves for that era of robots and science.Everyone is bewitched by a specific thing like facebook , twitter , video games.They feel like living in another world wich is suitable for them.They wish if that virtual world exists in reality that's why the consequences are serious for instance lack of communication between people , psychological disasters , and of course isolation.Morever I think if there is no communication , no exchange will lead to misunderstanding , fights and it's a pitty.Nowadays many people are endoctrinate :(
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    Aug 2 2013: .

    "Social isolation" destroys human symbiosis.
    Humankind can not survive without symbiosis.
  • Jul 24 2013: Let's invert the proposition that isolation of the whole of society is a bad thing. And it will get "worse" is also a bad thing...

    If everyone was isolated, you wouldn't have racism.
    If everyone was isolated, you wouldn't have war.
    If everyone was isolated, you wouldn't need countries.
    If everyone was isolated, you wouldn't need governments.

    If everyone was isolated, you wouldn't .... I'll leave it to you to contemplate other possibilities. :)
  • Jul 24 2013: Look up the video about "Genie" and you can see a very extreme case.
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    Jul 23 2013: wait, what, why in the hell am I here?! LOL
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    Jul 22 2013: Why you think that people are getting more isolated with time.....when we have more means to be connected even being thousands miles apart due to technology as here are right now?