Social Media relation with Active Listening and Reality in the Modern World

Nowadays, one of the complicated issues of Modern Societies is dealing with web-based communication platforms effects like Social Media. In 2021, about 3.8 billion people were among social media users. It is expected that by 2025 this number would reach near around 5 billion users[1]. This new context could be seen as an unprecedented phenomenon and it seems that there are different feelings about living in this new context. On the one hand, we all used to use social media platforms and it seems most of us can not find any better way to communicate with our friends, family, or even with our colleagues, especially in the covid-19 period. Also, by developing platforms like Linkedin it sounds that there is no other way to introduce ourselves professionally to larger audiences, communicate easier with experts or build the networks in our areas of interest. On the other hand, we all have experienced that sometimes we feel like an addicted person who continuously checks Instagram; we have a feeling of loneliness, or more importantly, there are some times that when we use these platforms we feel that something is going wrong about our relationship with our community or the society.

Altogether, as English writer Matt Haig points out, there are times in social media when it feels like being in a room full of people shouting at one another and not listening[2].

Likewise, research findings also suggest a lot about the negative and positive aspects of Social Media platforms on human lives. This may include a variety of findings from connecting people all over the world together more easily to their effects on the US presidential election. This study aims to focus on two important aspects of social media that are worth exploring. First, focusing on active listening on social media, and secondly, the relation between Reality and what we experience on Social Media platforms. To explore these topics, using various fields such as Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology, etc, would be helpful, and combining views of these disciplines will allow us to have a better understanding of the context we already live in. However dividing these fields is difficult at some point, and disciplines are somehow interconnected, we can look at the findings of some studies related to our two topics of interest from different views.

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