When I got my May copy of The Atlantic today, I read the boldest of the titles on the cover: "IS FACEBOOK MAKING US LONELY"? and then accelerated my pace home from the mailbox so I could get down to reading this.
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And I read it, and tomorrow morning I will reread it, and tonight, as I submit this opinion piece, I encourage everyone to find and read it.
This article also reports on research that Facebook is making us more narcissistic as well as lonelier. And then, it suggests that Facebook "threatens to alter the very nature of solitude".
This article reminds us that 1 person in every 13 on the planet is on Facebook, and half of these people log on every day.
Makes me so happy to be the retard that I am, away from this oxymoronic "distant intimacy".
I figure if I'm going to "flip", I'm going to flip channels on my TV, not people. The corollary to this being, of course, that I don't want to "be flipped" by anybody, thank you.
Also, I wonder...do Facebook users with 1200 friends see themselves, in retrospect, as "losers" when they only had 300 friends? Do they see others with fewer "friends" as losers?
And why is it that somebody actually killed somebody else, for real, for being "unfriended" on Facebook?
Probably the single most meaningful quote I want to take away from this article is this: "a connection is not the same thing as a bond".
I think that if a virtual substitution for reality is desirable by way of Facebook, then that desirability is founded on the "adapted" premise that "reality is connectivity".
It is not.
Reality is farting in a room where others will smell it.
But then again, I guess some people, one in thirteen to be exact, prefer to (narcissistically) put forth nothing but their sanitized, unscented selves...
Of all known institutions, I attend only two: church, in my heart, and school, in yours. Both are subject to demolition. - Lucie Adams, 2007
It is only for poetry to know how many stanzas fit into one caress. - Lucie Adams, 2008