Is Facebook making us lonely or not?

With the connectivity that we get from the internet, we can talk to pretty much anyone in the world, friends, family and even complete strangers. We get constant updates to what they’re doing, multiply that by however many friends you have and you get blasted with a stream of information about their daily lives that is pretty much unparalleled to anything that we as a species have ever had before. People will share aspects of their life that you’d never think to ask about. We get to see what people are doing every night, and what do we do when we see our friends having fun every night? We look at what we’re doing, scrolling through Facebook alone in our room.

Speaking from personal experience, Facebook doesn’t make us feel lonely, but rather it’s the vehicle of information that we compare our life too. In a sense it makes the lonely lonelier, we compare our life to the life that we think our friends live. No one unironically shares that they are home alone, instead they only ever share what they think would be interesting and what people want to see. We only ever see the good in people’s lives, and when we only see the good in other people’s life we start to think that they don’t have any bad parts. It’s this comparison that makes us feel like we truly are not as well off as our friends.

We still have the access to our friends that we did before, better even, but seeing it through the wall that is Facebook makes it seem that we don’t have that connection. I get the connection to my friends through social media, and I like that. However It still feels that every time I go on there all I see are my friends doing these awesome things, and I’m just sitting at home checking Facebook. I guess one simple way to put it is when you’re not actually producing content online, you’re consuming it, and producers are busy producing to consume. This logic is slightly flawed but I feel that it’s based in truth.

The Future of Reputation

The Future of Reputation goes into detail about a story of a Korean woman getting the public’s wrath through the internet. She refused to pick up her dog’s poop, and because of the escalation of the internet, she dropped out of University to avoid the publicity. The article then goes into the ethical questions related to this event.

Some people will have this problem more than others. This relies heavily on what the person has to hide or what is said about them, and what the person has to lose. Someone who doesn’t have anything to lose will not be as bothered as someone who has the same thing said about them and something to lose.

   We should only ever know what the person is willing to tell us, as well as what we are able to gather from observations of the person. In this way, we can still form our own opinions about someone, but if they really want to keep something hidden we won’t be able to find what that is. This way people will have privacy.

One way we can allow people to control their personal information without curtailing free speech or stifling freedom on the Internet is just be above it all. This is something that has more to do with personal responsibility than anything else. People should know not to spread false rumors or believe that they are true. On the other hand, people should know that they shouldn’t share personal information online, and they should not do anything that they know they’re going to have to keep hidden. However, much like it’s impossible to have a perfect world, it’s impossible to have a perfect internet.

People’s social transgressions should not follow them on a digital rap sheet that can never be expunged. This can be detrimental to not only their social life but their overall health. People should not be tethered to their mistakes, but the internet never forgets. This can make the internet a dangerous tool for those that choose to use it in that way.

It’s a possibility that the ease of inciting moral outrage create a mob driven police state. However, This is an unlikely event, While it’s definitely easier to create moral outrage unless someone takes advantage of people’s willingness to get outraged it will never get bad enough to create a police state.

   The Biggest question that this Article has made me ask myself is: how much privacy are we allowed?

Love Online

This short article is a personal story from the author about how he joined his son a trip to Omaha Nebraska to meet a girl that his son has been online dating. The author seems to be open to the idea of online dating, he compares it to how his grandparents would communicate by mail due to being separated due to World War 1. He also goes into detail about how they would interact online, and how it’s mostly stuff normal couples would do. The main point of the article appears to be that online dating is not that different to how normal dating works, but due to the internet, we are able to meet people that we would have normally never been able to meet. We are more likely to meet people that we would be more romantically interested in.

It Takes a Village to Find a Phone

This article is about a woman named Ivanna who loses her phone, and inadvertently starts a massive online event trying to get her phone back. She did this by going to her friend

Evan who in turn created a post about it on a website called digg. People saw this post and it started to pick up steam, and eventually it got enough of a following where Evan justified creating a whole website dedicated to getting Ivanna’s phone back. Ivanna got a new phone, and because her information was stored by her service provider she was able to figure out who had her phone. The teenager who had her phone refused to give it back, which lead to the events of the creation of the digg post and website. Eventually they went to the cops and they were told because it was lost and then found they couldn’t do anything about it. Evan was able to use this massive following to pressure the cops into reclassify the phone as stolen. They arrested to teenager who had the phone, and the rest was history.

The importance of this situation is it shows the power of the internet when it comes to getting a group together. If it was not for the internet Evan would have never fulfilled is vigilante dream. The internet gave him the ability to get all these people together, and it was because of that he was able to pressure the police into arresting the teenager and getting the phone back.

The internet is a very powerful tool, it allows people to create groups with more members which gives them the ability to do things that a single person would never be able to do.

The architecture of participation is when a community of users contributes to a larger idea or project. The way that the community on the website acted in a way where they helped get attention illustrates this point perfectly.

Communication is very important to humans, some might even say it’s the most important aspect of how humans managed to create a society. When communications change it has such a large impact on the way society works, it forces it to change. In this article, we were able to communicate so widely that people that would have never interacted with anyone directly involved. Basically it gives us access to more information,which allows us to form more opinions. Communication is very important to us, the internet allows us to communicate with more people which is very attractive to people who are more social.

This article has helped me realize just how powerful the internet is.