Is Facebook unweaving our social fabric?

January 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
clipped from www.itpro.co.uk

Is Facebook unweaving our social fabric?

Social networks like Facebook and Twitter are making us less human – or so says MIT professor Sherry Turkle.

Her new book Alone Together – due out next month – explores the detrimental effects of today’s modern technology, warning about substituting human interaction with “social robots.”

“Humans need to be surrounded by human touch, faces, and voices,” Turkle writes.

Whilst it seems her book will not offer a caustic response to the damage being done by today’s increasingly technology-dependent world, it should get some much-needed conversations going.

One big issue I have with social networks today is their allowance for another persona, another social mask to place on top of the ones we usually wear in the outside world. It allows people to play another role, further distancing themselves from any kind of personal truth.

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