Limoncellos may have been a highlight of the recent Q4i conference, but that’s only part of the story. (Photo: Shannon Jensen, via Twitter)

Many have written about the disappearance of nuance in today’s world of “quick takes” and all-or-nothing social media standoffs. There’s no doubt the knee-jerk reactions and die-cast opinions we read daily online have a cumulative negative effect. They also create a distorted view of reality.

In his article “Why Everyone and Everything on Social Media Is Fake,” cognitive anthropologist Bob Deutsch writes, “While we can share the delectable stack of pancakes we had for breakfast, the highlights of last night’s party, our feet poolside on vacation … we’re sharing a simple chronicle that … can project an image of a life far better than the one we authentically experience.” Indeed, studies have connected heavy social media use with depression and anxiety, often linked with the fear of missing out.

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Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is the editor-in-chief of BenefitsPRO Magazine and BenefitsPRO.com. He has covered the insurance industry for more than a decade, including stints at Retirement Advisor Magazine and ProducersWeb.

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