Above, Shimi Cohen's animated short film, "The Innovation of Loneliness."
What is the connection between Social Networks and Being Lonely?
Anas Coburn's insight:
Just as the commoditzation of entertainment through media like the phonograph and television taught us to be bored, the commoditization of social interaction through social media is teaching us to be lonely. That is to say, by accustoming us to being able to "connect" with someone instantly, day or night -- we gradually lose the capacity for solitude and the immense benefits it brings.
John Suler, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Science and Technology Center, Rider University, outlined some concepts of internet psychology in an online text titled, The Psychology of Cyberspace. In the article is a section ...
Those who spend much time on the internet would do well to read John Suler's longish piece on the Disinhibition effect. Begin to notice the portions of your personality that are disproportionately emphasized in your online life.
Twitter is an unsocial network. Fifty-nine percent of people check email from the bathroom. Online daters do lie, but only a little.
These are just a few of the psychological insights revealed in more than 50 Internet psychology studies. Read on for more on how people's behavior has adapted (or not) to the demands of the online society.
Study of who uses what tech and what that says about them is part of the story... but the real meat is beginning to understand how the tech you use is affecting you -- even your concept of who you are.
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