Summary- “Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?” by Vunita Mieres

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.



After reading this summary, the concept is clear. Writing this part of an essay or blog may seem like a chore but it is necessary. The professor guides us through the gathering of information including using quotes. This guidance is welcomed and we all should use this while writing our assignments. She also invites us to continue asking questions, communicate online and visit her office.
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In the article “ Is Facebook  making us lonely” by Stephen Marche , Facebook has a very big population, it was the first web site to receive 1 trillion pages views in a month and 2.7 billion likes. The company’s potential value of $100billion.reams of published research show that it’s the quality, not the quantity of social interaction, that best predicts loneliness. 20 percent of Americans about 60 million people are unhappy with their lives because of loneliness. As john Cacioppo says loneliness burrows deep: when we drew blood from older adults and analyzed their white cells, we found that loneliness somehow penetrated the deepest recesses of the cell to alter the way genes were being expressed. Loneliness doesn’t only affect the brain but also the basic process of DNA transcription. When you are lonely your whole body is lonely. But loneliness and being alone are not the same. Different study show that loneliness has grown but the history of our use of technology is what really making us lonely.

Loneliness is growing but is the social media the reason or it’s just part of it?  Is trust the main reason of loneliness?  I had so many questions after I read “Is Facebook making us lonely”. In 1985, only 10 percent of Americans said that’s they had no one to discuss important matters with. However, in 2004 24percent had no one to talk to. I find that sad because loneliness keeps growing, I find it like a dangerous sickness is it going to fallow to out next generation. In the article it showed that in the late 40s, the United States had 2500 clinical psychologists, 30000 social workers and 500 marriage and family therapists. However, in 2010 the united states had 77000 clinical psychologists, 192000 clinical social workers, 400,000 nonclinical social workers, 50000 marriage and family therapist, 105,000 mental health counselors, 220000 substance abuse counselors, 17,000 nurse psychotherapists, and 30,000 life coaches. This makes me wonder how life would be in 20 years. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon showed that increasing internet usage was already concurring with increasing loneliness.

A study in Australia showed that people with unhappy family relationship seek companionship through other means including Facebook the study also show that people who are lonely spend more time on Facebook. Now after reading this I have come to my own conclusion social media might have a part of why we feel lonely but people usually use social media because they are lonely. A recent college graduate Moira burke did a study on 1200 Facebook users she said that the effect of Facebook depends on what you bring to it, her conclusion was that’s social network can make people feel worst about themselves, or they can feel motived. Facebook doesn’t destroy friendships but it doesn’t make them either Cacioppo says, he also says the greater the proportion of face to face interactions, the less lonely you are, the greater the proportion of online interaction, the lonelier you are, Facebook is mere a tool he says and like any tool its effectiveness will depend on its user. I agree with this everyone can control the way they use social media and how it effects them. I don’t have Facebook  or twitter or any social media so I don’t know how it really feel to be so addicted to it as some people say , a girl I know back from high school said that  she is so addicted to Facebook is like a drug , she said that sometimes she stays on it for 8 hours . I find that crazy sending 8 hours of your life texting and checking on people you barely know.

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The articles that I have read share extremly similarites. One is writen by Sherry Turkle, its called ”The Flight From Conversation” and the other one is written by Megen Garber and its called “Saving The Lost Art of Conversation” which the athor of “The Flight of Conversation” Sherry Turkle is in. Now both of these article are talking about how theirs less conversations between human because of the rise of technolegy. With the statement that people are having less conversation with each other but talking more in some way may be a fact. From my expirience and use of technolegy with people that I have encounterd with most people would rather text then text then to have an over the phone conversation. Now my persenal opinion on the fact that people would rather text is that a phone conversation is highly similar to a face to face conversation with a much faster paste then a text conversation. Im not sayin that people like slower comunication with one an other Im sayin that in a cell phone conversation and a face to face conversation something unintentionlly could or may be said that could lead to multipley missed comunication or disagrements of any sort. Now the way texting helps that situation is by giving you the ability to know what your going to say before you actually say or give you the time to think of what you should say in a certant conversation, this cannot be done in a cell phone conversation or a face to face conversation because in you dont have that ability to take sometime and think about what your goin to say to what the person your conversating to, I mean you could and it can make the conversation awkard, and thats something most people do not like to be in and thats in a awkard position or situation, now text conversation can avoid that to a high degree depending on the situation or in un ordanary situation becouse its never happend to me and I want to belive that it has not happend to anyone that I know because im not sure. I want to say im not a big technolegy fan but i do use it every day and not just by me but pretty much evry one else for instance i dont like texting I persenoly would rather talk on the phone to get straight to the point but im not going to lie and say I dont like the ability that texting has givin because I have. The fact that i can recive a text in the middle of class in a place that im not allowed to pick up phone calls and finding out that my friend just lost a bet and has to shave his head bold while not being no where near were he is and knowing whats goin just by looking at my phone is very usefull. I the artticle “Saving the lost Art of Conversation”  it talks about how small children in their strollersare playing with ipads insteed of playing and action figure or toy is showing us that technolegy is a really big part of are everyday lives weather its a good thing or bad thing


Hi my name is Vunita Mieres, I was born in the beautiful island of Trinidad and Tobago. At the age of twelve I relocated with my mother in the United States of America. I live in Brooklyn, New York. I am the second to last child for my mother and the last for my father. I am a freshman at New York City College of Technology and my major is hospitality management. My dream job would involve customer/guests services, from working in a five star hotel resort or a front desk at a hospital or maybe if I am successful in my baking/culinary classes I can be an executive chef at a five star restaurant and if all else fails then I can be a flight attendant so that I can travel the world for free.

At the age of fifteen I worked at a dinner where I held the position as a waitress/hostess. I honestly loved the job but it was time consuming and was affecting my schooling. As of January 1st 2014 I started a new job at JFK International Airport where I hold the position as a lobby agent. I really enjoy working at the airport because it gives me the opportunity to meet new people with different nationalities, ethnicities and various cultures.

My goal in life is attain my degree to get my dream job that allows me to have the quality of life to travel the world and to spend time with my friends and family. More specifically ill like to support my current family as well as to provide a solid foundation for my future family.

In my spear time I love to spend time with my family and friends. We have a lot of activity in the house, it doesn’t take much for anything to turn into a party especially since my mother and sister cooks up a storm. My nieces and younger sister are a source of continuous entertainment, my family is very important to me and spending time with them is a big part of my daily routine. I also enjoy dancing, acting, going to the movies, listening to music, sleeping, eating, hanging out and I love to watch movies that show case relevant life lessons.

I have lived in New York City for over five years and I honestly still miss home. New York City has a lot of different things to see and to do but it still doesn’t compare to living back home. I miss the rest of my family since my father and big brother still lives there and they mean so much to me. I just miss the laid back atmosphere and the beautiful weather it has all year around and the monthly holidays that it has to enjoy. I miss going to the beautiful beaches, rivers and something simple as picking juicy, fresh fruits off the trees.

English is one of my favorite classes because it gives me the opportunity to share my thoughts and ideas. However my weakness is I write the way I speak, I will like to enhance my vocabulary and to tighten my grammatical skills. I look forward to this class challenging, my creativity and the quality of the writing I produce.


Hello i am Trevon but everybody calls me Trev for short. My major is accountant.Im from Grenada which is located in the west indies. I lived in Brooklyn for about 15 years of my life. Im the middle child on my mothers side and the oldest on my fathers. My hobbies are shopping , basketball and eating. I choose city tech because i wanted to pursue my dreams as an accountant. I graduated from norman thomas hs in june 2013. While in hs i learned a lot about business management and accountant. To be honest I’m not really into writing about me or talking about my life. But if you do get the chance to know me I’m very kind and outgoing i actually enjoy doing good deeds and helping others out. To sum it all up I’m looking forward to meeting new friends and getting a wonderful learning experience at city tech.