Many people don’t know the differences between “social environment” and “social network”. The social network is the people and groups that you are part of.
The difference is that social environment includes your friends and family and your coworkers. Social network on the other hand is the people and groups that you are part of. The social network is much larger and includes hundreds of thousands of people, but the social environment contains your immediate family, your friends, and your coworkers.
In other words, social network is the people and groups you are part of. The social environment is the group of people you are part of and the people who are your friends and family.
It’s important to understand that social network and social environment are two completely different things. The social network is your “family tree” that connects your family members. The social environment is the network of people who are your friends and family members.
The social network and the social environment can’t be defined by what is happening in your bedroom. They are both defined by the people that are associated with you. That’s why I was so surprised when I came across this research that says that there’s more of a correlation between social environment and happiness. In fact, when you look at your social environment, you are, in fact, happier, but you’re more likely to experience stress if you’re not in the best social environments.
One of my personal studies with a group of students was to see if there was a correlation between their social environment and their happiness. I found that happiness was much better correlated with the social environments of friends and family than with the social environments of work, school, and hobbies. This in fact makes sense, because when you are in a good social environment, you feel good. However, the more you are in the wrong social environment, the more you are likely to experience stress and struggle.
For a lot of us, social environments are defined by work, school, and hobbies. However, for the other 90% of us, social environments are defined not by work, school, and hobbies, but by friends and family. I would hope that the definition of social environment for each of us would change as our lives change. If you were to start this blog on the day we were born, I imagine that you would probably write about “home” and “work” and “family.
While I’m glad you didn’t take the time to define your own social environment, I’m glad you made the effort to at least look for it in your daily life. I imagine you know that social environments are constantly changing and will inevitably change as you live through your life. The change is what’s so scary, because without constant change there is no life.
Sure, but that’s exactly why the idea of “social environment” is so interesting. As we grow up and learn more about the world around us we are slowly learning what that world means, then how to live in that world. In the beginning we don’t always understand the meaning of that world, but as we learn more about it and the world it surrounds us, we realize that it actually means something to us.
The more we learn about the world, the more the world we understand. As we learn more about the world and the world around us, we learn to live in that world.