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Networked Individualism

  1. 1. NETWORKED INDIVIDUALISM:Connected or Isolated?Image  by  ebayink  (Flickr)  By  Kelsey  Ra6e  
  2. 2. “We are experiencing a ‘triple revolution’wrought by the advent of broadbandInternet access, social networks, andmobile technologies.” Image  by  ebayink  (Flickr)  -­‐  Lee  Rainie  &  Barry  Wellman,  Networked:  The  New  Social  OperaGng  System  
  3. 3. “The mutually reinforcing and accelerating nature of thesetechnologies is shifting the center of gravity in how weorganize as a society.” Image  by  Capt  Gorgeous  (Flickr)  -­‐  Lee  Rainie  &  Barry  Wellman,  Networked:  The  New  Social  OperaGng  System  
  4. 4. Institutions—both formal, such as schools, and informal, such as families—were once at the center of our societies. Image  by  shannonrossalbers  (Flickr)  -­‐  Lee  Rainie  &  Barry  Wellman,  Networked:  The  New  Social  OperaGng  System  
  5. 5. Now each of us, with our smartphones, is connecting across and withininstitutional boundaries. Image  by  woohoo_megoo  (flickr)  -­‐  Lee  Rainie  &  Barry  Wellman,  Networked:  The  New  Social  OperaGng  System  
  6. 6. Image  by  niallkennedy  (Flickr)  Internet users continue to spendmore time with social media sitesthan any other type of site. – Nielson, TheSocial Media Report 2012
  7. 7. “Where we once organized our communities, work, family,educational, and governance systems around institutions…Image  by  afagen  (Flickr)  
  8. 8. …we are increasingly navigating the world as connectedindividuals.”Image  by  lestaylorphoto  (Flickr)  -­‐  Lee  Rainie  &  Barry  Wellman,  Networked:  The  New  Social  OperaGng  System  
  9. 9. Not near your lovedones?Image  by  lanier67  (Flickr)  
  10. 10. It is no longer difficult to call home.Image  from  hQp://­‐100-­‐movie-­‐quotes/2/  
  11. 11. They’re only aclick away…Image  by  mastrobiggo  (Flickr)  
  12. 12. It’s child’s play.“Momma”  Image  by  themaxsons  (Flickr)  
  13. 13. Thirty-two percent of online adults age 65+ use socialnetworking sites, presumably to stay in touch with their friends,children and grandchildren. -­‐  PEW  Internet:  Social  Networking  Image  by  spieri_sf  (Flickr)  
  14. 14. While socialnetworking canexpand andstrengthen thesocial ties thatpeople maintain inthe offline world, itcannot replacethem.-­‐  Cheryl  Coyle  &Heather  Vaughn,    Networking:  CommunicaGon  RevoluGon  or  EvoluGon?    Image  by  Daniel  CJ  Lee  (Flickr)  
  15. 15. ‘Social networks’ existed long before the age of the Internet. Image  by  EFullman  (Flickr)  
  16. 16. The need to bond emotionally with others in ‘social networks’ was studied by Harlow in 1958.Image  by  sixintheworld(Flickr)  -­‐  Harry  Harlow,  The  Nature  of  Love  
  17. 17. Image  by  WinterMuteCreaGons  (Flickr)  Today, there is much speculation about themeaningfulness of human interactions created by social media.
  18. 18. “We live in an accelerating contradiction: the more connected we become, the lonelier we are.Image  hQp://­‐away-­‐wilson-­‐volleyball1.jpg  -­‐  Stephen  Marche,  Is  Facebook  Making  Us  Lonely?  ”
  19. 19. “It is clear that social interaction matters. Loneliness and being alone arenot the same thing, but both are on the rise…Image  by  arjayempee    (Flickr)  
  20. 20. We meet fewerpeople. We gatherless. And when wegather, our bonds areless meaningful andless easy.”-­‐  Stephen  Marche,  Is  Facebook  Making  Us  Lonely?  Image  by  DaveOnFlickr  
  21. 21. The question of the future is this: Is Social Networking part of CONNECTING or ISOLATING?Image  by  Daniel_Iversen  (Flickr)  
  22. 22. The answer will dependImage  by  Royal  Sapien  (Flickr)    on how we usethesetechnologies.  
  23. 23. “Facebook is merely a tool and like any tool, its effectiveness willdepend on its user.” -­‐  John  Cacioppo,  as  cited  in  Stephen  Marche,  Is  Facebook  Making  Us  Lonely?  Photo  by  felishumanus  (Flickr)  
  24. 24. Technology sure has come a long way…
  25. 25. “…but the very MAGIC of the new machines, the efficiency and elegance withwhich they serve us, obscures what isn’t being served: everything thatmatters.” -­‐  Stephen  Marche,  Is  Facebook  Making  Us  Lonely?  
  26. 26. “What Facebook hasrevealed about humannature—and this is not aminor revelation—is that aCONNECTION is not thesame thing as a BOND.”Image  by  gem  fountain  (Flickr)  -­‐  Stephen  Marche,  Is  Facebook  Making  Us  Lonely?  
  27. 27. Image  by  javiervb  (Flickr)  CONNECTED or ISOLATED? In this age of networked individualism, it is our choice. Wisely used, onlineconnections can strengthen bonds we already have…but used alone, canlead us on an isolated path.Photo  By  Kelsey  Ra6e  
  28. 28. References  Stephen  Marche,  Is  Facebook  Making  Us  Lonely?  hQp://­‐facebook-­‐making-­‐us-­‐lonely/308930/      Lee  Rainie  &  Barry  Wellman,  Networked:  The  New  Social  OperaGng  System,  Reviewed  By  Lucy  Bernholz,  Fall  2012  hQp://        Harry  Harlow,  1958.  The  Nature  of  Love    hQp://          hQp://­‐Internet-­‐Social-­‐Networking-­‐full-­‐detail.aspx      Cheryl  L.  Coyle  and  Heather  Vaughn,  Social  Networking:  CommunicaGon  RevoluGon  or  EvoluGon?  Bell  Labs  Technical  Journal  13(2),  13–18  (2008)  ©  2008  Alcatel-­‐Lucent.  Published  by  Wiley  Periodicals,  Inc.  Published  online  in  Wiley  InterScience  (  hQp://      hQp://­‐downloads/2012-­‐Reports/The-­‐Social-­‐Media-­‐Report-­‐2012.pdf