Social Media or Social Substitute?

Today as part of the Zero to Hero blogging challenge we’ve been asked to link blogs to one or more of these sites. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Path etc but I won’t do it. I’m not a Luddite, I have a Facebook account (but I access it only when my family tell me they have posted a photo for me to look at) and did have a Twitter account 5 years ago.

I don’t like either. I don’t think Facebook encourages good communication, instead I think people usually substitute numerous trivial texts for a meaningful conversation. While people are logging into Facebook they are not actually out doing anything likely to promote real dialogue. For the many people who become hooked on Facebook the only topic they can possibly discuss is what’s been said on Facebook so it goes around in a never ending loop. I have seen the viciousness and harm that can result amongst teenage girls.

Anyone who has been out eating in public recently will have seen groups of people ostensibly “socialising” but how many heads are down looking at a screen rather than at the other faces? Maybe they are actually updating their Facebook page telling all their “friends” they are out to dinner when really they would be just as social sitting at home cuddling their computer, or tablet, or phone!

So, big deal, this has nothing to do with linking my blog. Well yes, to me it does. I’m not looking for heaps of traffic to my blog, I’d be happy to have a few genuine readers who think about my posts. If I’m lucky I’ll get some comments that will make me think some more too.

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