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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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  • Nov 11 2013: I think it's made us less social. I read an article recently that talked about how currently (the highest number recorded actually) feel alone and unsocial than ever before. And today, we have the lowest percentage of people claiming they have a few really close friends who they can go to for comfort.

    Now a days, children aren't playing outside, we don't know the families that live in our neighborhood, and more of us are communicating mostly through the web rather than face to face. And yes I agree with your Facebook statement. So many people are more depressed after going on Facebook because they perceive their friends having more fun than them, which actually makes us even more anti-social and close-up. And because of Facebook and other social media, we are also trading in strong connections with a few people for lots of loose connections with many people. That may be more social but they aren't of quality.

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