Facebook: are our friends robots?
With half the world’s population on Facebook it’s amazing how we ever managed to live without it. I, myself, use it to keep in touch with people, set up professional networks and pages, keep up to date with latest news, see what the world is up to, upload photos and video multimedia, watch videos, join in discussions and see who has eaten roast beef for their dinners or who has started the next fight. It is a wonderful platform!
On the other hand, I often ask myself the question ‘how many of these people do I even know’? On a personal scale – face to face, have met before, friends from school or university, who I can genuinely say I ‘know’ – I’d approximate around 55-60%. I do not personally know every single one of my friends on Facebook… some are recommended, others friends of friends, the remainder through social networks, professional contacts and people I’ve met through interests and the media.
I’m sure you can all ask the same question, and come up with fluctuating statistics. Perhaps you know 70 or even 80 percent of those who connect with you, or less than 50%. What this indicates is that our world is becoming gradually contaminated and interconnected, perhaps even based around, social networking. We interact moreso than ever through electronic means, be it Facebook, Twitter or email. Along the way, you meet interesting people who are added to your ever-growing network, although you never really talk to them face to face.
I wonder how long it will be before we become isolated electronic drones who rely on social interaction. Probably a long way off, and the majority of people connected on Facebook stir up some kind of mutual friendship. In a world dominated by electronic media, surely it does not count as to how you meet and connect with people, but it sure does cast a comparison on our state of interaction and connectivity in a modern world.