John Brier believes that “social networking doesn’t necessarily make us feel worse, but it can. Understanding how it can can teach us to behave so it doesn’t”.
A while back there was a study that showed Facebook makes us less satisfied. The authors theorized this was because of social comparison: We see friends sharing great experiences and imagine our lives aren’t as great as theirs.
I’m not normally one to say “it depends,” or “it goes both ways” but here is a place where I will. Social networking doesn’t necessarily make us feel worse, but it can. Understanding how it can, can teach us how to behave so it doesn’t. To that end, this video offers a much more nuanced view of how that process can work, and since it’s a more complete view, it’s a more damning exposition of how problematic social networking can be.
What is the connection between Social Networks and Being Lonely?
Inspired and Based on the wonderful book by Sherry Turkle—Alone Together.
Also Based on Dr. Yair Amichai-Hamburgers hebrew article—The Invention of Being Lonely.
Script, Design & Animation: Shimi Cohen
Final Project at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design.