Social networking can be an amazingly powerful thing, if used right. People who tell you everything they do can be annoying. However, the sites can be used to stay connected with people in profound ways as well as menial ones. Yet the effect of social networking is more complex than we might have previously thought. Research indicates that being connected via social networks is actually making us lonely!
Stephan Marche of The Atlantic, quoted in The Week, notes that “this is the paradox of the Facebook age: We have an unmatched ability to connect with other people through social networks, yet we still ‘suffer from unprecedented alienation’” (para 1). The week goes on to quote other columnists commenting on the recent study. You can find the text of the article here: http://theweek.com/article/index/226827/is-facebook-really-making-people-more-lonely
It’s a fascinating idea. Because we are so easily connected with daily, trivial elements and with so many people, we lose the face to face contact that humans crave. Why stop by to visit a friend when you can send an instant message? Why have a party to celebrate an event when you can just post pictures on Facebook? Sometimes being together virtually keeps us apart physically.
"Is Facebook Really Making People More Lonely?" The Week. Web. 04 May 2012. <http://theweek.com/article/index/226827/is-facebook-really-making-people-more-lonely>.