I Share, Therefore I Am

A common theme in this class, and one of my true fascinations about the topic of social media, is how it affects our brains and interactions in the real, non-virtual world. A previous blog post, as well as my mid-term paper, focused on human interaction and how our use of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other platforms have changed our ability to communicate. This video, The Innovation of Loneliness (see below), does an incredible job of succinctly describing how people have lost the art of communicating and have replaced it with the art of connecting. Because of social media, much of our everyday life is overtaken by “virtual romance, superficial social connections, quantity over quality, connection versus conversation [and] the presentation of desirable images of the self…” and as a result, more and more people in the western world experience loneliness. So I ask, what does this mean for future generations? Is it strictly problematic for humans of tomorrow, or just another example of social change over time? By “collecting friends like stamps” are we destroying our ability, as social creatures who inherently need social interaction, to connect on a social level deep enough to truly avoid loneliness? Is there a point of no return within this new, unpoliced virtual world? With smart phones, tablets and social media platforms always at our fingertips, are we actually more alone than connected? And lastly, what is our responsibility as, social media pioneers, to protect, educate and inform the social media “junkies” of tomorrow? I’m interested to hear other people’s thoughts.

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One Response to I Share, Therefore I Am

  1. sydhavely says:

    Great post, Anne Marie. Worthy of class discussion. Please raise it. Thanks.

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