For those of us who were born into the technological revolution it’s odd to think of life without endless information available at our fingertips or digital cameras just a button away. Everything is mini, portable, and a week away from being obsolete. Ken Griffin is unsure how these advances in technology will continue to affect our society in the future, but there is no doubt that our efficiency has increased and global communication has been revolutionized as a result. Many who were born pre-smartphone are concerned that all of these quasi-magical devices are advancing society at the steep price of crippling our social skills.
Most of these worries are conveniently embodied by Facebook. When online, I always wonder about those who have 900 friends or more and how they could possibly keep in touch with them all. There is a definite sense of “popularity” that is associated with how many “likes” your posts get or how many “friends” you maintain, but is such an attachment to your online persona really healthy? When I read about how negative interactions with your acquaintances can be detrimental to your health it makes me question how having vague relationships with hundreds of people will impact you later on.
I am definitely a believer that true, deep relationships can be fostered online but the social pissing contest that Facebook encourages is an entirely different monster.