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Connecting Through Digital Media

Apr 2 / Katheryn Frazier

You hear about digital media all the time, but what exactly is it?

 

Digital media is a broad term for the information that you receive on a desktop or mobile device. Everything you read, watch, or listen to online can be considered digital media. It is more specifically, the digital era that follows traditional media like the newspaper, radio, and even television.

 

We at 3C Digital Media Network use the following digital media content for our community:


Blogs

o   3C Digital Media Network

o   ACT to Live

o   leanHcare

Podcasts

o   Act to Live

o   empowEAR Audiology 

o   The Listening Brain Podcast

o   Telepractice Today

Digital Learning 

o   Courses

o   Webinars

Social Media

o  Facebook

o   Twitter

o   LinkedIn

o   Pinterest

o   Instagram 

Email Newsletter 

 

Digital media is powerful and accessible largely due to technological advances. Wireless connections, algorithms, artificial intelligence, and big data allow all the high accessibility and low cost of disseminating information.

 

Think about it. How many search queries do you place into Google each day? Better yet, how long do you spend on the internet? If you find your search history long or screen time pretty extensive, you’re not alone. Millions to billions of people look to digital media to inform, entertain, or persuade them somehow.

 

Digital media broke down conventional barriers that barred the dissemination of information of traditional media like never before in history.

 

Here at 3C Digital Media Network, our team understands that digital media is a powerful tool that allows people to connect, communicate, and collaborate.

 

Let’s admit it, there is bad information out there on the internet. 3C Digital Media Network is excited to be where people can find credible information and exchange ideas.

 

We hope you consider joining our network, whether it’s following our content or creating alongside us.

Connect, Communicate, and Collaborate. That is the 3C way.

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You’ve certainly experienced loneliness, right?. But did you know about its long-term effects?

Former surgeon general, Vivek Murthy, claims that: 

"People who struggle with loneliness end up living shorting lives…are at an increased risk for heart disease, depression, dementia, anxiety, and a host of other conditions.”

Now that statement makes you stop and think, “I don’t want that.” Now to clarify, loneliness isn’t inherently wrong; each one of us needs time alone. It also is not entirely based on how big or small your social network encompasses. Instead, loneliness becomes an issue when it turns into something more chronic.

Professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University, Julianne Holt- Lunstad, defines loneliness as

"…the discrepancy between our actual level of social connection and our desired level of connection.”

You see, what’s haunting about loneliness is that it shows no prejudice based on race, class, or gender. Anyone can feel lonely, even if it seems like they would be the last person to experience it.


The idea of loneliness can heavily impact not just a person’s physical health but mental health too. Support systems feel like they’re breaking down. All you feel is isolation. Self-preservation takes over.


The point of learning about the effects of loneliness shouldn’t make you dismayed. Instead, it should inform you to protect yourself against chronic loneliness better and assist others when they could feel lonely. Loneliness indicates that we should be connecting with others to live in a community.


Think about what community means or looks like to you:
  • What does community look like to me? In-person? Digital?
  • What are some communities that I could be a part of based on shared interests?


Try to identify what friends you connect with most:

  • Which friends do you connect with the most? Why?
  • Should I start making a weekly or monthly time to hang out more with this friend?


Or you could start making new connections at the park, an event, at school. Anywhere. On the flip side, give people grace when they might be feeling lonely. Their distance and bad behavior may be symptoms of a more significant issue they are internalizing. Better yet, ask them if they need help with anything. You could brighten their day.

If you or someone else you know ever starts feeling loneliness in the worst way, breathe. Realize that often it’s a temporary phase that can be resolved by leaning on old connections or creating new ones. Of course, dealing with loneliness is a personal process. Take your time.

There is no shame in feeling lonely. However, we should remember to do our best to avoid the type of loneliness that affects physical and mental health because there is so much more life to live.

Connect, Communicate, and Collaborate. That is the 3C way!

Thanks for reading,

~Katheryn

Note: This article is a summary and review of a piece done by Freakonomics Podcast. The source can be found here: https://freakonomics.com/podcast/loneliness/.

 

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About the blogger

Katheryn Frazier, Digital Media Editor and Producer

Katheryn is a native of Pennsylvania who holds previous experience in marketing, journalism, and publishing.

In May of 2021, she earned a B.A. in Communication Studies from Grove City College. Currently, she works in the office of marketing and communication at a higher education institution. 

Her primary responsibility at 3C is to manage blog production and is an occasional guest writer.

In her free time, she delights in playing musical instruments, reading, and cuddling with her cats.

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