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?
'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?
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!!
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.
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?
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.
I don't think so because people use Facebook just for pass time, fun with friends and people its just social media network
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.
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.
agreed ,FB usage should be reduced so that people takes time to meet each other
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