Thank you for the kind feedback (especially for people who’ve been telling me they like the Infographic). My posts don’t suffer from loneliness now! And for people who pointed out my loosely defined social media (Facebook) photo profile changing activity as not being a Gaussian curve since that can never be over time but frequency, I was only taking my social media inspired poetic license over the shape of the curve that I got reminded of- so yes, please don’t take it as a mathematician’s note and thanks for pointing it out! 🙂
One of my lovely friends sent me a nice video about social media sharing and loneliness. I’ve been thinking about it a while, especially when I were hibernating.
It’s an interesting video and inspired from the book ‘Alone together’ by Sherry Turkle. However as scandalous (or real) as the messages may sound and urge us to believe in them, I feel largely critical about its accuracy. I think the key point that put me off (at least in the video- I haven’t read the book) is this- one of the possible reasons for this ailment (loneliness) is social media. First it is an opinion not a fact. And then it doesn’t sound right. And frankly without sufficient explanations, it sounds naïve like my boss who once asked me if I didn’t have real friends since I were on every social media network that he was avoiding.
Social Media or any technology ideally addresses a need. Some latent, some more visible. Some technologies are just so innovative that they blow our minds, and we never knew we could even have needs like those. Loneliness and dis-connectivity from the real world or a need for greater connectivity and fame could have been some possible triggers of a social media platform. And consistent usage has altered the way we use these networks and behave to create further new innovations in this segment. The growth has largely been organic and user-driven over the last decade.
However, social media networks were and do remain ‘communication tools’ that we use. Like the telephone or letters or telegrams. I’ve come to believe we often make technology sound far greater than it is. The power that social media technology has is through us, and we still control it the other way around. Singlehandedly, I don’t see how blaming a social media network or technology platform addresses the problems that may arise from how people use it. But it’s become fashionable somehow to do that. And I’m not even getting started on the benefits these communication tools provide to arrest loneliness, let alone innovate/ cause it.
The Internet didn’t kill the DVD industry. Streaming and illegal downloading did. And those are two different things.
I’d love to hear your comments!