17 September 2012
Explanatory Summary of “Is Facebook Making Us Lonely”
In the Stephen Marche’s May 2012 publication in The Atlantic, “Is Facebook Making us Lonely”, explores the history and usage of social networking along with the most recent theories in order to argue that social networking depends on the user’s motives not, social networking itself. Facebook does not create loneliness, but it does not exterminate it either. It all depends on ones usage. Marche begins his article with a story. The story is about Yvette Vickers, a former playmate and actress, who died months before anyone realized she was dead. Although, Vickers had devoted fans she only connected with them through social networking. This informs the reader that Vickers had no close companionships, due to the fact that it took so long to discover her death. It was discovered that her computer was on when she died. Marche describes Vickers’s story because it dramatically highlights the intense loneliness a person experiences when they have no real human companionships, just virtual ones. The Los Angeles Times posted about Vickers’s death. It instantly went viral. Her death increased a growing fear of loneliness. Vickers received much more attention in death then she did in her last years of life. Soon Vickers’s fame began to fade. Marche includes this information to show that Facebook and Twitter “trends” aren’t real grief and they only last a brief moment. Next Marche explains, the way Internet has begun to make our society less social, making us lonelier. Marche uses large number amounts of money and yeas to show how much is invested causing the reader to forma an opinion that Facebook has high influential tendencies. Marche explains the deception of Mark Zeckeberg, In The Social Network. He explains this as it pertains to his article “ Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?” Marche states, “Facebook, arrived in the middle of a dramatic increase and intensity of human...
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