Gilliard1Tyra GilliardENG 101Professor BoltonSociety and Social NetworksHal Niedzviecki’s essay, “Facebook in a Crowd,” emphasizes the difference between acquiringsocial network friends and acquiring real friends. When Niedzviecki logged on to Facebook, he realizedhe was close to having 700 online “friends” (958). But being that he didn’t know them personally like heknew his previous friends, he decided to have a Facebook party. After tabulating the responses, 15people said they were attending, 60 people said maybe, a few hundred said not, and the rest ignoredthe invitation (958-59). However, on the day of the party one person showed up. According to him, “Forchipping away at past friendships and blocking honest new efforts, you really have to blame the modernworld. People want to hang out with you, I assured myself. They just don’t have the time” (Niedzviecki960). Niedzviecki acquired 700 online friends, but spent the rest of his night drinking alone. He insiststhat society relies on social networks entirely too much to meet or interact with people. I agree thatsociety is becoming too reliant on social networks to meet people because my experience on a socialnetwork confirms it.First of all, I agree that society relies on social networks too much because social networking ismuch easier to communicate or meet people. Online communication allows you to communicate withpeople freely and openly. Also, you can be yourself with not much hesitation and if you choose not tointeract with people you can simply leave the site. Yet, you meet a bigger variety of people online andcan interact with them without certain hindrances people would experience when communicating inreal life. In Niedzviecki’s essay, he states “I logged on to Facebook and realized that I was very close tohaving 700 online friends.”Niedzviecki managed to acquire that many friends online better than he
Gilliard2would have attempted to acquire real friends. To give emphasis onwhy social networks are easier tocommunicate, I relied on Facebook various times to contact my best friend because it was the easiestyet quickest way to reach them. Not only does society rely on social networks to communicate easier,they also rely on social networks because they are afraid of real life communication.Second, I also agree that society relies on social networks entirely too much because they arescared or timid to speak to people in person.When people are behind computer screens they can do orsay anything without being judged. Also when you’re online, it may be easier to say things you may notbe able to say in person. According to the text, Niedzviecki states that Paula insisted that the peoplewhom he invited probably felt shy about making a new friend, so they didn’t come to the party. I’ve alsoexperienced a situation regarding to my best friend being scared or timid. My best friend insisted ontelling me the truth about what really happened via Facebook because she was too afraid of how Iwould react in person or how she was going to explain the truth to me in personally.In conclusion, social networks has become too relying for society to communicate or meetpeople. Like Niedzviecki stated “you really have to blame the entire modern world,” I strongly agreewith what he states. Society is replacing the traditional means of communication with social networks.Before the internet consisted of social networks, the original way to meet or communicate with peoplewas through gathering or meetings, workforce and through mutual friends. If the society continues torely on social networks, then social networks will continue to define our generation as well as theinternet ensured the terms of communication today.