Is Facebook making us lonely? According to Stephen Marche the answer is yeah, because although we might have has many friends on Facebook we might not really know them and just have them there for show. We are all connected through social media knowing whats going on in peoples life if its good or bad but who really cares? In this article Stephen gives examples that are very accurate. Facebook has had an huge impact on us that is negative because its connected but really “disconnected” people.
The article “Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?” by Stephen Marche is telling about the social media which like Facebook can cause many negative issues to the humans. As author says, the digital technology can pushing people become more lonesome. He provides much information from himself and different experts that they have been study in Facebook, and the research shows since the Facebook and internet developed, the more people are become mentally and physically ill or lonely. And these numbers of unhealthy people are rapidly raising. The author purpose is telling everyone the seriously problems of social media if we do not employ correctly the social media
Based on the article “Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?” By Stephen Marche, the main idea and concept of the article is that social media is making us isolate and step away from the real world as well as society by physical and mental affects that take us down. Stephen believes that we are detaching ourselves from reality and putting our selves in the state of worrying about others, while we should care about ourselves and Our relationships that we carry with others. As dealing with the loneliness from social media, as we detach our selves we start to grow these ways of doing things such as communication, communication becomes weak as we isolate from eachother and society.
In the article, “Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?” by Stephen Marche focused on the negative effect social media have on our self…from Facebook ,twitter to instagram it has made us more lonely than we think …social media such a Facebook can cause psychological and mental illness … ..we feel so connected to each other but we have never been so lonelier..Marche has mention many times that loneliness and being lonely are not the same thing..loneliness is put in our lives by our self…our biggest fear is to be lonely ,so why are we spending countless hours and enormous amounts of money trying to achieve loneliness?
The article explores the correlation of internet use and loneliness. Steven Marche uses stories and studies to get us involved on a emotional level. He clearly wants us to understand that the “internet paradox”(5) has been here for sometime. Facebook is the variable used throughout and it helps people to understand the enormity of the issue. The reader is left with no real answer but a lot to think about.
The quote “Is Facebook making us lonely”? by Stephan Marche has focus on the point of view about the way social media has and presently still is affecting this modern generation. As showed in research Facebook and other social media have a negative affect on millions of people by making them lonely and also giving people the feeling of being present in places when really they are not physically there in person. This affect has also lead people into becoming mentally, emotionally and physically ill. Facebook and other social media has also distance and broken up relationships as well as it has to friendships, due to the misunderstanding and poor communication that Facebook and social media has to offer. Which proves that Facebook is the cause of people becoming ill and feeling very lonely.
“Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?” by Stephen Marche focuses mainly on the effects of social media. New research shows that social media such as Facebook can make people very lonely and the loneliness is causing them to become mentally and physically ill. Movie star Yvette Vickers mummified body was found in her house. Her death was the subject of many Facebook posts and tweets within a few days. According to the article Facebook has as many as 845 million users and it is the largest Internet IPO in history. The company’s potential value is estimated to be $100 billion. Even though Facebook is really popular, it is creating loneliness among people and also creating distances between close relationships. Due to social media, loneliness is rising quickly which is making us more miserable.
I hope that you survived the snowstorm OK, and that you are enjoying the long holiday weekend!
As we discussed in class, please make a summary of “Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?” for Tuesday (2/18). You should create your summary according to the guidelines in my “Strategies for Summarizing” post, and post your one paragraph summary (no later than Monday night), categorizing it as “Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?”
There is no new reading for Tuesday, though I expect you all to carefully re-read/annotate the previous three readings we have done so far. You should come in on Tuesday ready to discuss these texts, being able to point to Marche’s own claims/evidence in the article (identifying his argument) as well as being able to articulate your own claims (argument/analysis) in response to his article, along with evidence to support your claims.
Make sure that as you re-read the texts, you practice reverse outlining, and that next to every paragraph of the articles, you jot down what the main ideas are, not only in terms of what is being stated (the content), but what role/function it has within the author’s larger argument (the purpose).
See you all Tuesday afternoon!
Stephen Marche explores a few articles, expert opinion and even quotes a scientist in his quest to answer this question. The article has an overall negative tone. Perhaps Facebook is the most well known and widely used social media site but probably not the culprit. If being lonely is something we can control, then we have to read this and reflect. That is of course, depending on your definition of lonely and what it means. Marche points to Americas historical romance with the concept of loneliness, as well as todays common interpretation several times throughout the article.
In this frantic wonderfully all consuming internet world, there are many lonely people. The former Playboy playmate and actress, Yvette Vickers was discovered mummified in her home. The suggestion that her only contact with the outside world for some time before she died was social media, is a sad comment. Really, she was an old woman with no living relations or close friends. It seemed she used the computer to stay in touch. This is a horrifying story but probably not so rare. As Steven March wrote, “On whatever scale you care to judge Facebook-as a company, as a culture, as a country-it is vast beyond imagination.” (2)
Included in this article are many quotes from experts. In Australia, where evidently “close to half the population is active on Facebook” (5), they conducted a study and found that “-the sense of not feeling bonded with family” was “significantly higher” than “levels of “social loneliness”.” (5) The researchers cited several reasons why this may have nothing to do with social media…..more to do with the people using it. Another researcher, Moira Burke conducted a study here and came to the conclusion, “on Facebook, as everywhere else, correlation is not causation”.(6)
People use the internet for so many things these days. It is a giant part of our complex lives and perhaps makes us look ahead, as opposed to staying in the present. Everyone, it seems wants to explore this world but being consumed can be lonely. Some people feel that humans seek independence and this is a perfect way to find it.
The worlds leading expert on loneliness, John Cacioppo(7) is committed to a different idea. He conclusion is “The greater the proportion of face-to-face interactions, the less lonely you are,” and “The greater the proportion of online interactions, the lonelier you are.” He also comments on what we interpret as the expectations of participating online, on Facebook in particular. As a scientist he clearly has based his experiments on data involving physical studies as well. Loneliness can affect all aspects of our health.
After reading this article, I realized that I am not too involved with this type of communication. People have to learn about themselves first and foremost. It is this knowledge that is important. You take your whole self wherever you go. Before any of us spend our precious time in front of these gadgets, we should be grounded. It seems that the idea of developing oneself without the internet is foreign. Personally, the idea of communicating anything really important or intimate without a face-to-face seems ridiculous. Its not about how many contacts you have….it is about the quality of them. Its about the quality of your life. If you fight for this, the fear of loneliness will be that much less.
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“Is Facebook making us lonely?” by Stephen Marche is about how using social networks can tend to make us feel lonely at times. A quote that helped me understand the Article was “We are living in isolation that would have been unimaginable to our ancestors, and yet we have never been more accessible”.Throughout the entire story Article Vickers story caught my attention the most. When I read about Yvette Vickers and how famous, beautiful, and well known she was, I couldn’t help to look up her image. She was a beautiful lady and in my opinion she favors Marilyn Monroe.No matter how pretty she was or how well known she was by her movies or her Playboy Magazines, she was lonely, and died alone. Her neighbor Susan Savage looked up some of her phone bills and saw she made calls to distant fans who knew her through a convention, no family no friends no one close. She was alone. The I also read “she received much more attention in death than she did in the final years of her life. With no children, no religious group, and no immediate social circle of any kind, she had begun ,as an elderly woman, to look elsewhere for companionship.” I’m not sure if social network actually contributed to her being lonely. I do believe it brought awareness to her death, although it was very late.
I like how in the article it stated just because your alone doesn’t mean your lonely…there’s a difference. Sometimes being alone can be good, sometimes controlling the distance people are from you can be good, because crowds can be annoying that is so true. It kind of reminded me of a Kelly Clarkson lyric”…doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone..”
Some people would say Facebook makes you lonely, but I would say social networking can make you miss actual human interaction such as conversations, seeing each other interacting. To be disconnected from the world because of social network I guess it can make you lonely. I guess that’s why people say ” I wish you were here” because internet connection cant replace human connection.
When you raise your head from your device and see a dark room …you may feel alone. But you have a choice. Some people like Yvette Vickers probably should’ve used the internet to connect with people before she passed, but she was 82-83, with todays crazy internet upgrades and complicated internet, would she really have been able to? I don’t know but instead of it making her lonely it could’ve helped give her company. On the other hand the article said she didn’t have any children or family, That’s sad. But she still should’ve had friends, but at her age they probably passed before she did. I cant find a way for her to win. Maybe Bingo night at a senior center or a motor chair for strolls in the park.
I’m on the fence about Facebook making you lonely because it helps time pass you by when you need it to.. It connects you to people far away from you. On the other hand. It distracts you from your life and from other people.
So, I’m on the fence.