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Social Media Creating 'Faux Friendships' And Lack Of True Connections Could Be Harming Your Health

Jul 10, 2017

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Doctor Rob Pasick
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As people spend more and more time on social media, the lack of true friendship or in-person connections could be harming their health.

I spoke with Ann Arbor psychologist, author, and adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Dr. Robert Pasick about the impact this is having on people.

Pasick says lack of authentic, in-person connections can lead to health problems, or even early death.

He says social media sites, like Facebook, are giving people a sense of "faux friendship," thinking they have more connections than they actually do.

He says it's important to our overall well-being to make time for friends.

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