THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG?

 

In last Tuesday’’s post, I introduced the cover story in the current edition of The Atlantic by Stephen Marche entitled, “”Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?”” (May 2012, pp. 60-–69).

 

In his highly detailed analysis of Facebook’’s effects upon us, Marche includes tackling the question from the proverbial chicken or egg stance:

 

“”Does the Internet make people lonely, or are lonely people more attracted to the Internet?”” (p. 66)

 

Although some would say the Internet makes people lonely, I don’’t see it that way.  I believe the Internet experience is driven primarily by the user.  Marche reports additional supporting research and then shares a key finding:

 

““Lonely people are inclined to spend more time on Facebook.”” (p. 66)

 

This makes sense.  A lonely person tends to look for avenues of human connection wherever they may be found.  The Internet provides a constant promise of some type of human contact.  Therefore, a lonely person will tend to gravitate to the Internet.

 

Again we see it isn’’t all Facebook’’s fault.  What we bring to the table, as with anything in life, greatly influences the outcomes.  If you are a lonely person, then you will tend to spend more time on Facebook.  Nevertheless, Facebook does not have intrinsic power to make you lonely.

 

That one, my friend, is on you.

 

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/05/is-facebook-making-us-lonely/8930/



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About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Tyco Integrated Security at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger.

I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.


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