HOW SOCIAL MEDIA HAS MADE US LESS SOCIAL
“We are shaped by our tools. And now, the computer, a machine, on the border of becoming a mind, was changing and shaping us.” The quote above is from Sherry Truckle from her book called “Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other”. More and more people state that Social Media makes them less social. But is it true? Social Media, in my opinion, is a great development on its own. •
Technology makes it easier for us to communicate and keep in touch with others by eliminating barriers like geography, time of day and physical availability for a conversation; this media makes it easier and quicker to remain in contact. But at the same time, these interactions are taking place with computers, handhelds or cell phones – not people. And experts are finding that this lack of face to face discussions with others is having an impact on our society, •
Social Networking can even be helpful to be more close to the friends. But it also has a dark side like people are using it very frequently that they are cut from their Family, Relatives etc. Nowadays people want to spend more time using internet rather than spending quality time with their family...They want to live in the Virtual world instead of Real World. As Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
The physical aspect of Technology could be seen as just as damaging to how social we are. we can say that by taking day to day examples that we see….like people texting under a table at a restaurant, and updating Twitter whilst in a meeting, it is obvious people are coming close to alienating themselves, thanks to this ‘addiction’ to the web. It is apparent in every day life: Technology is making us rude, as it distracts us from our friends. To conclude, whilst Facebook and Twitter may reflect us as a person, whilst they do help us engage in some extra social...
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