The greatest grace is harmony in human relations. Social changes in the 21st century have affected the scenario of mental health in today’s society. Social interaction is a changing dynamic of social actions amongst individuals or groups. Relationships are one of the most important aspects of our lives yet sometimes we tend to forget how crucial these connections can prove for our mental health and overall being. The Mental Health Foundation defines relationships as the way in which two or more people are connected or the state of being connected. Social characteristics of the various stages have affected different societies differently depending on the different sociocultural, political and economic structures including the geographical demarcation. These effects are quite blatant in the lives of the population such as life standards, education and health. While we witness an upgradation of a sector in the society but we can’t deny how adversely it has impacted poor socioeconomic groups. With the changing social structure, risk factors for mental illness have increased to which there is paucity of proper or adequate services to address them. Although there have been drastic changes in information and communication technologies, it has come with disadvantages which have affected mental health adversely. One major adverse impact of changes in communication age is the disruption of social capital and social cohesion.
The shift from industrial urban era to the communication age has caused great disruption of social values characterized by increasing levels of crime and social disorder, the decline of kinship as a source of social cohesion and decreasing levels of trust. Increasing migration has also led to years of isolation, poor health, unemployment and inadequate housing for some groups. Increased population adds to the problem of poverty and poor sanitation which gives rise to mental health ramifications. Modernization has commercialized many aspects of life leading to erosion of family values leading to independent individualism. The climate change has forced displacement. Meta analyses show that phenomena such as rising temperatures or declining rainfall are predictive of intergroup aggression. Increasing individualism and new technology greatly determine an individual’s ability to maintain stable harmonious relationships in different social contexts. Prolonged stress, trauma, loss of houses and jobs and economic decline all put severe strain on the development of supportive relationships. Over time, the perception of relationships has shifted from being a social obligation to a decision based on personal fulfillment.