Are we constantly fixated with social media, (Facebook, Google+, etc), is this just something that we have to accept as part of our daily existence? Is this a passing fad? Has Facebook had its time?* Are we finally getting fed up of having to feel that we need to keep all of these up-to-date and do we really need to know what happens to our so called 'friends'? Just a few of the questions that are bugging me. Are we simply just too overloaded with tech??
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120703-tackling-technology-overload (Prof Turkle argues that the social media we encounter on a daily basis are making us emotionally lazy and insensitive to fellow human beings).
After reading this and watching the video above, have a think about it and some of the questions below to help you with your response.
What are your thoughts about our fixation with social media? What do you use, why do you use it, how often do you use it? Do you use it too much or too little? Do you approach your 'friends' differently using social media? How do your parents approach social media with you, do they restrict you in any way, why might they set boundaries? Is social media making us lazy, are we losing our ability to interact with each other personally?
(*Facebook: According to GlobalWebIndex Q4 2012, it suggests that local social media sites are in decline and Facebook may have gotten over its 'fatigue', while Google+ is now the 2nd largest social platform)