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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 20 2013: Yes I agree, often i experience alot of 'attention seeking' statuses on my facebook newsfeed. In my opinion, the internet in particular social media, have become avenues in which we can express ourselves which can often turn very addictive, due to the overload of interaction in chat rooms etc. Because this interaction can be done through a simple 'like or comment' it gives the reciever a type of social reward that encourages them to sit down at the computer more often. This is detrimental to health as problems such as obesity and breakdown of intimate relationships, outside of the internet. Healthy social relationships reward and encourage an individual to make the best of themselves, and so far the social media hasn't had that much of a positive impact on this basis.

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