Broken but not beaten by crash

THEN AND NOW: Louise Jacobson was an on-air presenter with 2AAA-FM before a car crash that changed her life.FOUR years ago, Louise Jacobson’s life changed forever in a car accident that left her so severely injured she spends almost all her time inside.

The Wagga woman was at once a trade worker, a proud community contributor and a keen trivia player.

But rather than mope about her loss, she sees the positives –and is “forever thankful” for her lifeline to the world –social media.

It comes amid renewed focus on the pitfalls of social media, as Lifeline blames a record number of calls on community“isolation” at the hands ofgiants Facebook and Twitter.

“Everything is relative,” Ms Jacobson said. “On a personal level, social media has been a godsend the past couple of years.

“I used to work and study, I used to socialise alot, I was out in the community talking to people all the time …now I can’t do anything.

“Now I sit here in the house by myself95 per cent of the time.

“That is my life.”

In trying to reconnect with the world, housebound Ms Jacobson turned to Facebook.

Louise Jacobson after winning tickets to see the West Indies V Prime Ministers XXI in 2010.

“It’s a way I can still be part of the broader world even though my life has changed significantly,” she said.

“I can still explore the world through my friend’s eyes. I get to see people’s interactions with their families, their travels, what they think about certain things –all through their postings.

“I’m included in it all.”

An Advertiseronline poll earlier this week revealed 79 per cent of respondents believed social media was making the community more isolated.

Lifeline chief Pete Shmigel believed social media was restructuring traditional norms of society.

Riverina Cancer Care Centre’s launch of Volunteering Conference CentreLouise Jacobson with Gillian Batt at Riverina Cancer Care Centre’s launch of the volunteering conference in 2009.

“We don’t know the neighbours on our own streets … and at the same time you’re getting this amazing phenomenon called social media, which I believe has the capacity to accelerate those senses of loneliness and isolation,”he said.

Ms Jacobson said isolation depended on individual use of social media platforms.

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