Facebook causing devolution of mankind?

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  1. joshhunt83 profile image59
    joshhunt83posted 8 years ago

    It has recently been written that a growing percentage of people communicate more on Facebook than in the real world. Could this result in a sheer inability to socially interact on a physical real-world level as we rely on technology to communicate with other human beings? I recently watched the film 'The Social Network' and by looking at how Facebook is developing and its functionality is increasing I wondered whether it has the potential to cause social devolution. Or could it be considered an evolution in society? What are your views?

    1. tony0724 profile image60
      tony0724posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Actually I thought devolution started with Disco

    2. schoolgirlforreal profile image81
      schoolgirlforrealposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      yes. I just wrote a hub on my thoughts....

  2. Cagsil profile image79
    Cagsilposted 8 years ago

    Facebook causing devolution of mankind? No.

    1. Mikeydoes profile image71
      Mikeydoesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I believe it is doing the exact opposite. As long as it is used correctly, many of these young kids think its a place to share everything about their lives. Not always a good thing.

  3. knolyourself profile image61
    knolyourselfposted 8 years ago

    'The Social Network' good movie. Personally I tried it and didn't like it. Guess I can't bring to say "will you be my friend". At any rate I dumped it when they kept asking for all kinds settings changes. Bunch of amateurs. But know people with like five thousand friends from all over the world. That is degree of communication as astounding. What is personal contact compared to that?

  4. Mighty Mom profile image85
    Mighty Momposted 8 years ago

    Devolution is the perfect word.
    But Facebook is not solely to blame.
    Texting and tweeting are changing (not for the good) how we communicate with each other.
    I've sat in the bleachers of a basketball game and seen girls sitting literally 1 person down from each other texting instead of talking!
    I know I myself am guilty of often preferring digital connection to human. Phone? That's sooooo last century!!

  5. BobbiRant profile image59
    BobbiRantposted 8 years ago

    I have discovered when one talks about Facebook, people either hate it or love it, seldom much in between.  Facebook sells our information to businesses and governments.  Facebook made Mark rich because of the sale of all the information, which businesses realized was valuable to them and it is valuable to governments too.  It, as many other communication devices, has created a lot of people who are out of touch with the real world.

  6. joshhunt83 profile image59
    joshhunt83posted 8 years ago

    Very true BobbiRant, it seems people have strong views one way or the other in a lot of cases. I myself use Facebook daily as its a great way to stay in touch with all my friends and family but many people it would seem are beginning to use Facebook as a replacement of real world human interaction.

    Mighty Mom also made a good point that it isn't just Facebook, we use a whole range of technologies to communicate now. I'm a big believer in social technologies and I believe social networks have the ability to broaden our horizons and expose us to new ideas and new ways of thinking. I'm also concerned that platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are actually now becoming the real world as more and more people begin to communicate for longer on these networks. Maybe we'll soon be calculating the number of hours we spend communicating using traditional physical human interaction instead of how many hours we're on Facebook.

    Is this a bad thing though?

  7. smalika profile image63
    smalikaposted 8 years ago

    These social networking sites have made socializing and keeping in touch with people so much easier, it is true that there is less face to face communication  but for people and friends who are continents apart, face to face communication on a regular basis is not possible anyway.
    And for people who are not comfortable in face to face socializing, these people now have company, which is a positive thing.
    People run their businesses on facebook. Many people receive valuable information as to many offers that many companies make to the public.

    1. Mikeydoes profile image71
      Mikeydoesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Face to face = skype smile

      Even though I do get what you were saying, not a bad alternative.

  8. profile image0
    khmohsinposted 8 years ago

    I don't think so because people use Facebook just for pass time, fun with friends and people its just social media network

  9. MPChris profile image74
    MPChrisposted 8 years ago

    Its more of a matter of social evolution. However, verbal communication is still very prominent in the workplace and in your primary groups.

    The biggest thing, is that with texting (and electronic media in general) you can be very careful with what you are saying, and so forth.

    1. MPChris profile image74
      MPChrisposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      That being said, I think that parents should let children go their first 15 years before giving a cell phone or internet connection. At 15 they are teenagers, and very soon young adults.

      However, those primary social skills gained beforehand are very important.

  10. ReviewEnvelope profile image59
    ReviewEnvelopeposted 8 years ago

    agreed ,FB usage should be reduced so that people takes time to meet each other

    1. transinata profile image62
      transinataposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      should be reduced but not for internet marketer...


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