Twitter: A Modern Form of Madness?

There's no doubt that there's a mad rush of people and investors' money going into social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. But are they actually a form of madness?

Yes, according to MIT professor Sherry Turkle:

“A behaviour that has become typical may still express the problems that once caused us to see it as pathological.”

She explains that people are become isolated from reality due to such social networking sites because technology is dominating our lives and making us "less human".

Under the illusion of allowing us to communicate better, technology is actually isolating us from real human interactions in a cyber-reality that is a poor imitation of the real world, she suggests.

“We have invented inspiring and enhancing technologies, yet we have allowed them to diminish us,” she writes.

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Also, calling yourself an expert in something is 100% meaningless when there's no standard for what an expert is.

I'm an expert in Neatorama, I use it all the time.

Does that make any theories I have on it more trustworthy or expert?
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Scott>> My point being "I'm old, I didn't grow up with the technology, I don't understand it. I'm going to call people who aren't like me nuts."

She was disrespectful first.
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@Barefoot. Too easy, and disrespectful, for blaming this on an over-50 person. Teh internets R making us krazee in more ways than you can see, actually. I am no Luddite and I loves me some tech, but there are some serious changes for the worse that are happening. The list is longggg and it's not worth getting into in a comments thread. Power down_
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I tend to agree with the article. I think technology is fine, but just like video games, to much is a problem.

Someone said they could communicate better onine. Sure, many of us do. However, there are times in life when we need to interact directly. If we can't sit down and have a meal with our children and have a conversation, that is a problem.

So, technlogy is great, but we have to still learn how to live in the real world. When your teenager is sitting down with their friends texting each other instead of talking, I think that it is time to shut the cell phones off.
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