In the early days of the internet, the only way to find out if someone was being nice was to look at their profile, or follow their feed.
Now, thanks to social media’s ability to send messages, we’re able to see the conversation happening in real time.
In a recent article on the evolution of human social cognition, psychologist Daniel Gilbert argued that social communication has a lot to do with how we perceive others and how we interact with them.
The process of being social is much more nuanced than it once was, he said.
The result is that we see more of ourselves in others, and thus perceive more of their feelings and emotions.
If you don’t like it, you don´t get to know anyone well.
If someone says something you don`t like, you can easily find out why and react accordingly.
So, how do we use this new technology to communicate better?
And what can we do to make it easier?
“Social media is not going to change everything,” Gilbert said.
“But it does open up a whole new world of communication.”
So how can we be better?
Gilbert recommends taking the time to read others’ messages and follow their interests.
You can also take the time out of your day to engage in conversation with others and to understand the world around you.
“Socializing helps us to develop empathy for others and their experiences,” he said, and “social media is a fantastic tool for helping us to understand other people, their lives, and the world they live in.”
Learn more about social media and how to use it in your own life.
To learn more about the study, check out Gilbert and his colleague Robert Heidle’s TEDx talk on the topic.