How Social Networks Are Making Us Lonely?

We’ve got hundreds of friends and followers on social networks like Facebook and Twitter? We can share our thoughts to so many people at the click of a button. It looks like we’ve got a plenty of folks who care about us. But do they truly care about us? There have been several research findings which suggest that the social networks are making us lonely, in reality.

But none of them have beautifully executed the thought as done by the following animated clip titled “The Innovation of Loneliness”. This video, with the use of excellent visual graphics and motion design, illustrates how the social networks are affecting us negatively, i.e. they’re making us lonely.

The video was created by motion designer Shimi Cohen as his final project at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design and draws inspiration from Sherry Turkle’s book Alone Together. The major points from the video are:

  • The maximum number for a group of monkeys to function well and maintain the social order is 50. For human beings, the number is 150.
  • We may have hundreds of friends on Facebook, but they aren’t necessarily the true ones.
  • In social networks, the focus is more on the quantity of our interactions rather than on their quality.
  • Our social pact is increasing excessively through social networks, and beyond our control.
  • Expectations are more from technology, less from people.
  • We are hurrying to share our experiences even before we are actually having them.
  • The focus has grown more on show-off of things than having quality experience.
  • With the acts like choosing pictures in which we look the best and promoting them on social media and expecting likes and comments on them, we’re ditching our real shelf for the online shelf.

Do you agree with the fact that the social networks are making us lonely? If the social networks are making us lonely indeed, what might be the major reason behind it? Feel free to leave your thoughts as comments below.

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