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Tiger Flynn

General Manager, Red Stag Management

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The Internet: Has it made us more or less social?

I believe that whilst the internet, used well, can open up so many more social possibilities for everyone, I feel that it has made us more insular too.

Maybe not TED users so much, but a lot of people using social networks have ironically made us more tunnel-visioned than ever. When I look at how many of my friends on Facebook use it to reach out for acceptance of almost every facet of their existence I find it a sad state of affairs. Cry-for-help statuses, choosing the best profile picture and so on.

It also makes us more lonely. For example if someone has experienced a terrible break-up and posts increasingly desperate statuses about it, less and less people like it and comment on it making the poster feel even more alone.

The way we reach out is different now and has expanded our horizons in a way not possible even when I as a teenager (I'm 30 now) is incredible in many ways. But the focus on the self and how to best represent it has become for a lot of people their raison d'etre and has made us more insular.

What does everybody else think about this?

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  • Oct 18 2013: As every coin has two faces
    and it is always how u look upon things
    The thing about social networking sites they are morely now used to share ones problem no one talks about the general affairs
    Its all getting personal
    Ya they often share some issues but never try to resolve it
    As base on the Internet
    its awesome to be connected with million
    but actually u r alone
    Instead of having group chat people should conduct rallies and social awareness
    THE ALL OF MY WORDS IS internet BRINGS AWARENESS but many just keep in mind ignoring inspite of Reacting....

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