A Matter of Time
“We don’t own the social graph. The social graph is this thing that exists in the world, and it always has and it always will. It’s really most natural for people to communicate through it, because it’s with the people around you, friends and business connections or whatever construct as accurate of a model as possible of the way the social graph looks in the world” (Levy 426). This was said by the creator of the world-renowned networking site Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. Now, there’s nothing wrong with social networking, especially since it is much encouraged in daily development, but it does become problematic when the technology becomes one’s priority, replacing human relationships and putting us on time schedules. It is often overlooked how much one relies on technology to get through the day. We check our emails before we use the restroom in the morning, cell phones are permanently attached to our hands, we listen to the radio in our cars or stream it on public transportation, and some take it one step further, using it to raise their children. We suffer from a technological addiction, and most of those in our society are completely unaware of this, thus showing how connected we are, but at the same time, how disconnected we are.
“On Tuesday, July 31, Shara Karasic’s world came to a temporary halt. Facebook was down…when she couldn’t get in for a few hours, she realized something: ‘I’m addicted to Facebook’” (Levy 424). She is not the only one. Many people are in this same position, no matter what age they are. Karasic may sound like your typical college student, but in honesty, she is actually a 40 year old mom with a young son. There are a vast variety of users on the web, using these networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, where users choose to put their lives on display for anyone who wishes to access it. They provide their name, age, location and personal facts. There is no stereotypical web user on...
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