Loneliness in Society
A crowd can be the loneliest place. We are next to other people but feel absent and disconnected. We can talk, smile and respond, yet we are somewhere else. Loneliness can be acute, overwhelming and devastating. It can be experienced when we feel out of place. One cause of the loneliness epidemic is rooted in our culture. We live in a highly competitive society in which everyone is striving to be the best. Competitions generate rugged individualism, independence and isolation. Even if we succeed, we discover that it is very lonely at the top. Loneliness has become a significant problem in society, William Deresiewicz’s “Faux Friendship” presents the negative side of society due to social media, and Peter Lovenheim’s “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” illustrates the positive side of humankind. Friendships are an absolute cure for loneliness. Having a deep conversation and sharing thoughts with friends one is connected with may ease the sense of loneliness frustration. With the advance in technology today, social media such as Facebook and Twitter are becoming more and more popular. Posting status and sharing pictures online are considered the new form of communication. In William Deresiewicz’s “Faux Friendship”, He argues that “We’re too busy to spare our friends more time than it takes to send a text. We’re too busy, sending texts. And what happens when we do find he time to get together?” (478). Just by texting and posting pictures online, is that really getting connected with friends or just showing people what is going on in life? Social media are a great way to bring people closer but not how one find new friends. I agree with Deresuewucz’s comment, “The more people we know, the lonelier we get” (478). What makes me feel rather lonely is, with the 678 “friends” on Facebook that I can share picture to, there are only a couple of them that I can talk to and share my thoughts with. Therefore, loneliness has become a significant problem...
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