This is written by Christopher Roberts.
Facebook, Twitter, Bebo, LinkedIn, MySpace, Foursquare…
These are examples of social networking sites, but you knew that.
However, have you ever thought of the impact they have on you?
Are you better off because of them? Of course you are! You can contact friends almost anywhere, at any time. You can become ‘super social’ talking, sharing, commenting, and constantly updating the ‘internet you’ for all to see.
Humans are built to be social creatures; it’s in our genetic makeup, it’s what makes us different from other animals. We communicate with each other and thrive because of it. Since the moment we were born, we depended on others. Some animals can get up and walk off, fending for themselves for the rest of their lives; but not humans.
We 100% depend on others, and we would die shortly after birth without the help from others.
Is social media that good?
You can use social media to communicate with others, but does it really have the same value as a proper conversation? When you chat with someone online it doesn’t give you that ‘real’ feeling that you get when you talk to a person; you get a machine throwing graphics at you.
Are we losing what it means to be human, because it’s easier (and lazier) to communicate with others online? I think we might be.
Without human interaction, I would go mad within days. Can a machine offer sanity, normality, and comfort that people can provide?
To be fair, social media can help you organise more. You can have your diary sitting right next to your social media application right there on screen, so you can easily contact friends and family and arrange to meet up. The thing is, do you? It’s easier now to organise and meet up in person, but it’s even easier to talk online.
There are some social networking tools like Friends Reunited and Skype which are a lot more personal. Friends Reunited can help you meet up with old friends, which can only be a good thing. Skype allows you to talk to people with your real voice – not your fingers! With Skype, you can even video call people with your face and voice. Not perfect face to face real life conversation, but better than a boring old computer.
What do you think?
Do you feel you have more friends because of social media?
Do social networking sites cause you to go out less?
Do you feel as close (not physical distance, but that feeling that comes from inside) to your friends as you did when there was no social media?