NETWORKED INDIVIDUALISM:Connected or Isolated?Image by ebayink (Flickr) By Kelsey Ra6e
“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
“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
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
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
Image by niallkennedy (Flickr) Internet users continue to spendmore time with social media sitesthan any other type of site. – Nielson, TheSocial Media Report 2012
“Where we once organized our communities, work, family,educational, and governance systems around institutions…Image by afagen (Flickr)
…we are increasingly navigating the world as connectedindividuals.”Image by lestaylorphoto (Flickr) -‐ Lee Rainie & Barry Wellman, Networked: The New Social OperaGng System
Not near your lovedones?Image by lanier67 (Flickr)
It is no longer difficult to call home.Image from hQp://www.quotesworthrepeaGng.com/top-‐100-‐movie-‐quotes/2/
They’re only aclick away…Image by mastrobiggo (Flickr)
It’s child’s play.“Momma” Image by themaxsons (Flickr)
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)
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)
‘Social networks’ existed long before the age of the Internet. Image by EFullman (Flickr)
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
Image by WinterMuteCreaGons (Flickr) Today, there is much speculation about themeaningfulness of human interactions created by social media.
“We live in an accelerating contradiction: the more connected we become, the lonelier we are.Image hQp://aﬁshoutofgrimsby.ﬁles.wordpress.com/2012/05/cast-‐away-‐wilson-‐volleyball1.jpg -‐ Stephen Marche, Is Facebook Making Us Lonely? ”
“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)
We meet fewerpeople. We gatherless. And when wegather, our bonds areless meaningful andless easy.”-‐ Stephen Marche, Is Facebook Making Us Lonely? Image by DaveOnFlickr
The question of the future is this: Is Social Networking part of CONNECTING or ISOLATING?Image by Daniel_Iversen (Flickr)
The answer will dependImage by Royal Sapien (Flickr) on how we usethesetechnologies.
“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)
Technology sure has come a long way…
“…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?
“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?
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