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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: I agree that internet makes a lot of possibilities to connect others. There is a lot of social networks,some closed networks for some profiles (scientist, artist etc.)You can combine your interests, and find plenty of others and to sharing it with them... but this way is making artificially social.
    The internet is good way to make easier the human contact, but if you insist on social, you can't count just on it. It is like you have some membrane around and it makes you feel and think you are social, and you are not.You do not have touch with others, you do not listen them, watch them.... The main feature of the sociality is direct human contact.
    • Oct 20 2013: Internet is supposed to make us interconnect. But is that always the primary agenda?

      For example, Facebook:

      I sometimes feel that Facebook has become a platform for self-marketing, rather than socializing- people create a virtual avatar (or membrane?) to promote themselves in the best possible light, which reveals an interesting primordial human trait: vanity.

      Also, pozdrav :-)

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