These days, more and more people use social media to communicate with their family and friends. With apps like Snapchat and Instagram, you can stay updated on what happens in someone’s life. However, this brings up one question: Does social media create isolation, or does it help you stay connected to people?One reason why social media may cause isolation is that it gives the illusion that other people have an amazing life because of what they post. When you open up Instagram, you see other people celebrating their achievements and success. You only see the positive things that are happening in other people’s lives, not the negative. That can cause feelings of inferiority and jealousy, and it can also negatively affect your self-esteem. When your self-esteem is being affected negatively, you’ll feel less confident and more avoidant of social situations. Furthermore, social media also hinders your ability to communicate in real life, and it damages people’s social skills. Thanks to technology, people are forgetting how to make friends. On social media, all you have to do to “befriend someone” is click a button, but it doesn’t work that way in offline. Some people go on social media so much that they don’t have time to talk to their friends, which can cause them to feel isolated.Cyberbullying occurs frequently on social media. It’s different from face to face bullying because victims often don’t know who is behind the screen. That can make them feel isolated, alone, and depressed. Cyberbully victims are often dehumanized and humiliated online, and the more that happens, the more they’ll want to stay home and be by themselves. All of these factors contribute to the fact that social media can be isolating. Social media can connect you with your family and friends, but it can also cause detachment and isolation. Spending too much time on social media is not good for you, and like anything else, you have to use it in moderation.