Over a week ago, 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). Near the end of the article after much analysis and after reviewing several studies, Marche summarizes the issue of Facebook and loneliness:
“Loneliness is certainly not something that Facebook or Twitter or any of the lesser forms of social media is doing to us. We are doing it to ourselves.” (p. 68)
I appreciate the fact that Marche puts the personal responsibility back where it belongs–on the user. Yes, Facebook is a major entity in the online world and in the business world. Nevertheless, Facebook’s size, success, and influence do not absolve you and me from our personal responsibility to run our lives.
Perhaps more people need to assume responsibility for running their lives instead of blaming Facebook for their loneliness. Oh, but of course. I almost forgot–Running your life demands work.
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