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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 27 2013: I don't believe that the internet has caused us to be more antisocial or reduce the face to face tiime at all. People don't get to spend time with friends most of the time because life is much more demanding now than it was 20 years ago.

    I have a schedule packed full of things to do all the time. Families these days usually have two people working in a household to make it by. Working around two schedules can be hard to find timefor each other. Now consider all your friends in the same boat. Just to hangout with another couple and do face time could require 4 people to mach schedules for one meet.

    There are more ways to keep in touch now than there ever have been in the past. Of course this is when a teenagers parent chimes in and makes the comment that teens are always on there phones even when hangingout together. Most likely they are still doing something together and you are just unaware of it. They could all be reading an update one of there other friends just posted. Maybe they are talking with a different friend that didn't make it. Maybe they are filling in someone not there

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