It’s the same old worry that has been getting societal attention and will continue to be discussed by people who worry about the potential problems associated with the advance of technology. In this article specifically, the author discusses the impact of Facebook on human relationships. The article draws theory and example from an essay written by Zadie Smith, which you can read here. The article presented the question, not to find a defined answer, but gives the reader a certain insight on how Facebook might shape us in terms of creating or connecting relationships with people. I find many aspects in the article to be alarming and insightful, while statistics and findings provided in the article also reveals some kind of truth. In one paragraph, the author mentioned that an average Facebook user has approximately 110 friends but only six of them are in close contact with the user. “In other words, nothing has really changed; even the most fervent Facebook users still maintain only a limited circle of intimates.” I think this is a very good topic for everyone to ponder upon. Whether you like the social networking platform or not, it does generate many questions about the modern society and the evolution of relationships among people.
original article by Jonah Lehrer.