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Is technology creating a superficial reality?

As the human population is growing, it is becoming more and more technologically advanced. Yet, our growing technology is a cause for concern because we are slowly becoming more and more detached from reality. Ironically, the very technology that is supposed to connect us to each other is pushing us further and further away from each other. Take Facebook, for example. It is true that Facebook connects people from across the world. It brings us closer to acquaintances, friends, and family. But, most people aren’t who they really are on Facebook. For some, the sole goal is to get the most “likes” on a status or picture. So then, are we truly more connected to each other, even if that connection comes at the cost of changing ourselves? Is the overabundance of technology making us lose the sight of reality as we create cyber-personas to satisfy our need of wanting to change ourselves? Simple, is technology creating a superficial reality?

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  • Mar 9 2013: I don't think the goal of Facebook is to represent your whole personality. At least personally, I think the purpose of Facebook, like you said, is to stay connected with people, share photos, etc.

    I think it is human nature to alter how we portray ourselves to other people, whether that's online or in person. I think the extent of this alteration is relatively the same regardless of whether or not Facebook or technology is involved.

    So ultimately, I think that changing yourself to others is not a product of technology, but of human nature. Also, I don't think anyone truly changes themselves, but rather alters their persona depending on who they're around or if they're on Facebook or using some other social media. At the end of the day, we are who we are.

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