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By David Steele
The only time I read USA Today is when I'm traveling and staying at a hotel that provides a complimentary copy to guests. On June 23rd, the morning after I arrived in Atlanta for the Smart Marriages conference I retrieved the paper from outside my door and a headline on the front page immediately caught my attention-
"STUDY: 25% OF AMERICANS HAVE NO ONE TO CONFIDE IN."
Declining supportive social relationships is now front page national news! The article cites a study in the June issue of American Sociological Review "Social Isolation in America" authored by Lynn Smith-Lovin, et al, which can be viewed here
The trend is that we increasingly confide only in our spouse and/or family, and our "voluntary" (non-kin; in other words- "friends") social ties are diminishing. We are becoming an increasingly isolated society.
Three Kinds of "Friends"
In my experience many people have lots of relationships they identify as "friends" yet they have few or no close, supportive relationships. I've found the following distinctions helpful in assessing social connections in relationship coaching:
In my opinion the study finding that "25% of Americans Have No One to Confide In" is really saying that 1/4 of us don't have "Intimates," which matches my observation as well. I know many people who have many friends and still feel lonely. I've met many that are very busy and active in community groups, have lots of relationships that qualify as "Acquaintances," yet have few Friends and no Intimates.
See the end of this article for a link to a useful relationship coaching tool for helping your clients to assess and build their supportive social relationships.
The Role of Technology in Social Relationships
Technology has a very real impact on society. Alvin Toffler (author of Future Shock) said-
With the rise of television, VCRs, DVDs, DVRs, cable television, satellite television, on-demand television, console video games, portable video games, ipods, personal computers, the internet, cordless phones, cell phones, cell phones with more functions than a swiss army knife (my treo gets e-mail, surfs the web, and much more), we are raising a generation that increasingly uses technology to passively entertain themselves, prone to obesity, internet addiction, and isolation.
My observation, as well as others, is that the use of technology to communicate creates distance in human relationships. Cell phones, text messaging, instant messaging, e-mail, and the emerging video chat, video e-mail, and video conferencing give us instant access to each other without the intimacy of physical closeness. This is clearly changing our relationships and creating, as Toffler said, "an entirely new civilization." The logical outcome is in the USA Today headline "25% OF AMERICANS HAVE NO ONE TO CONFIDE IN."
Last month I wrote an article commenting on singles' over-dependence upon the internet- Frustrated with Internet Dating? Top Five Ways to Find Your Mate Without a Computer. I made the comment-
While I'm a self-professed gadget-hound who embraces technology, I'm alarmed at the ways technology is negatively impacting our relationships.
What Can We Do?
As relationship coaches I believe we need to support our clients to have successful relationships in all areas of life. We are social beings and survive and thrive in a community of supportive relationships.
You will find a unique exercise for helping your clients assess and improve their social support networks here
© 2006 David Steele– All rights reserved.
David Steele, MA, LMFT is founder of Relationship Coaching Institute and author of the new ground-breaking book for singles Conscious Dating: Finding the Love of Your Life in Today's World
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