Are You a Facebook Hermit?

Is Facebook isolating its users socially? Or does the popular social networking website actually enhance social interaction?

Those are the questions that Lisa Selin Davis of TIME magazine is asking:

Jenny has not returned my calls in roughly a year. She has, however, sent me a poinsettia, poked me, and placed a gift beneath my Christmas tree. She's done all this virtually, courtesy of Facebook.com, the online social networking site where users create profiles, gather "friends," and join common interest groups, not to mention send digital gifts.

Though Jenny has three children, ages 4 to 14, and rarely finds time for visits, phone calls or even e-mail, the full-time mom in upstate New York regularly updates her status on Facebook ("Jenny is fixing a birthday dinner," "Jenny took the kids sledding") and uploads photos (her son in the school play).

After 24 years, our friendship is now filtered through Facebook, relegated to the online world. Call it Facebook Recluse Syndrome, and Jenny is far from the site's only social hermit.

I don't use facebook so I have to maintain my social hermitude the old fashioned way! Link


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i believe it is because truly facebook is for antisocial people .. who need time to get used to the idea of seeking out long lost friends in person.. .. if it is meant to happen it will happen ... get used to the worl wide web... there are online dating sights aswell you know... if you dont like it dont use it>>>>
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Facebook I use only to keep in contact with folks I don't need to send an email to like family. With them I can easily call them on my phone or just go ahead and drop a note on FB.
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I think Facebook, Twitter, Neatorama, 4Love4Live or any other website on the internet are taking our time away from the traditional ways of living. After all we only have certain free time that we use for online activities, be it reading news, blogs, active on Facebook, whatever... at the end of the day, we get to choose our methods of satisfying our desire... some like to sit with friends in pub/cafe, others may prefer online chat, instead of reading newspapers, some like to read blogs (or write blogs :D) Isn't this great - we have CHOICES!
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It sounds awful, but I like Facebook because it organizes friends and family. If not, they just sometimes fall in the cracks of life, and by the time you ask "hey what is Bob doing these days?" 3 years has passed...
Anyway, with Neatorama I don't have time anymore ;D
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