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Social networking and loneliness

August 14th, 2010 by Graham Attwell
Interesting article Facebook and social networks focusing on problems of loneliness amongst young people. Looks also at what people post – as it quote below.
clipped from www.guardian.co.uk
In fact, Vernon cites research carried out by David Holmes, a psychologist at Manchester Metropolitan university, who estimates that up to 40% of the information posted on social networking sites could be fabricated. This is partly, Vernon suggests, to protect privacy online, but there is also a desire to “present a side of ourselves rather than our whole selves”. In this status-update culture, “we don’t really live experiences, we live them to report them. We’re editing ourselves rather than actually being ourselves.” This alienates you not only from yourself but, ultimately, from those around you. “Rather than having a genuine encounter, your friends become your audience, and you are someone else’s audience. The exchange is thwarted in both directions.”
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