We face a future where some will only have virtual friends


With social media there are many more ways to meet new people and stay in touch with old friends than ever before. But if that's all you're doing, experts worry about isolation.

Leigh Richardson at the Brain Performance Center says using social media apps on your phone isn't enough.

"We feel connected and I think that is a false feeling of being connected."

Richardson says she tells high school students you can't live virtually, through your phone.

"How do you think you're going to get through your first interview? Do you think you're going to text your way through it? Because you're not."

Richardson says you have to get out and meet people; there's no substitute for shaking hands and hugging.

"To shake their hand or look them in the eye; I don't know about you but when I shake somebody's hand I feel like I've connected with them, "oh, I know you," and I don't think that those are things that can be replaced."

Richardson says for those who aren't healthy enough to travel, virtual vacations will be a wonderful thing. But for the rest of us, real vacations are a better idea.


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