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Tiger Flynn

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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 didn't say it's primary agenda. I said, that internet makes us think and feel that we are social. The membrane is metaphor for creation your ideal identity you would like to reach (self-promotion, self marketing, as you said so) but when you look your reality it's full of insecurities, complexes, so you rather run away into your virtual reality... Only the illusion of sociality is available the internet. Also... veliki pozdrav ;)
    • Oct 21 2013: Indeed, and it might negatively effect one's personality development, in a sense that "the membrane" allows individuals "run away" instead of dealing with their insecurities.

      Also, mozda gresim, ali ljudi sa nasih prostora relativna retkost na ovom forumu, iz nekog razloga... Moderatoru se nece svidjati ovaj kligonski jezik kojim pricamo :D

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