Our survival, as a species, is dependent upon others. Families, small communities, and tribal societies have long depended on cooperation in order to meet the needs of the group. As our population and technology have increased, the need for others has not diminished. The increasingly interconnected global nature of our world has been greatly aided through the use of the internet over the past decade. However, as often happens with technology, we’ve also lost something.
Increased use of e-mail, text messages, internet message boards, and platforms such as My Space, Facebook, and Twitter have connected people at a cost. The personal factor has diminished. Tone and facial/body language are near impossible to convey through quickly written messages. Words are taken out of context and others are said which would never have been said to a person’s face. Hurt feelings and drama abound in a virtual word of coding.
Most people I know are on Facebook and Twitter. I can see benefits to such networking platforms. However, I also see negative aspects to them. That isn’t something I need or want in my life. For me, the blatant drama, negativity, and gossip aren’t worth it to me.