Is Social Media Wrecking Your Life?

This is a two-part series that looks at social media from both sides of the coin.

What is the connection between social networks and being lonely? Do you feel less connected, that your relationships with friends are superficial and fleeting? What does this whole idea that social media is destroying our lives make you feel? Do we expect more from technology and less from each other?

Do you think that we’re engineering ourselves out of our own humanity?

How do you stay human in an age that is growing increasingly more mechanised, more technologically astute, and more artificial?

The Innovation of Loneliness

Watch a video below that illustrates this theory. It is based on Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together and Dr. Yair Amichai-Hamburger’s The Invention of Being Lonely.

FACEBOOK ARRIVED IN THE MIDDLE of a dramatic increase in the quantity and intensity of human loneliness, a rise that initially made the site’s promise of greater connection seem deeply attractive.

Americans are more solitary than ever before. In 1950, less than 10 percent of American households contained only one person. By 2010, nearly 27 percent of households had just one person.

Solitary living does not guarantee a life of unhappiness, of course. In his recent book about the trend toward living alone, Eric Klinenberg, a sociologist at NYU, writes: “Reams of published research show that it’s the quality, not the quantity of social interaction, that best predicts loneliness.” True.

But before we begin the fantasies of happily eccentric singledom, of divorcées dropping by their knitting circles after work for glasses of Drew Barrymore pinot grigio, or recent college graduates with perfectly articulated, Steampunk-themed, 300-square-foot apartments organizing croquet matches with their book clubs, we should recognize that it is not just isolation that is rising sharply. It’s loneliness, too.

And loneliness makes us miserable. – Is Facebook making us lonely?

by Shimi.
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