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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 28 2013: Internet hasn't made us more or less social, it's actually upto the person how he chooses to use it. Definitely, it has opened up new opportunities to interact with people living thousands of miles away but then it's just interaction, and doesn't make us more social or less social. It's a way of communicating ideas across the world. Social networking sites do bring people closer, but only virtually. Thousands of friends on SNS can't replace the physical presence of few close friends you can hangout with or spend quality time with.

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