Is Social Media Making Us Not So Social?

It is a complaint from many ‘old skool’ people: social media makes that people are only looking at their screens, they are not in a ‘normal conversation’ anymore. You are hearing these remarks more and more often, and if you look around you, you will indeed see many people staring at their phones. But is it true? Is Social Media really making us less social? What do you think?

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Bas van den Beld

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Bas van den Beld is an award winning Digital Marketing consultant, trainer and speaker. He is the founder of State of Digital and helps companies develop solid marketing strategies.

  • Hi Bas Van Den Beld,
    Thanks for sharing this great post!
    This is really a debatable topic that “are social sites really making us social?”
    People are getting so much social network dependent ,that their real social life is really getting hampered.
    Thanks again
    Regards

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  • MichaelMyers Girl

    Old post,I know. My opinion of social media,is that even it itself,is not even truly that social very much,anymore. Social media,not only gets rid of most real human interaction,but it also is’nt even used much for actual conversation anymore. It seems to be mostly about posting whatever words/images will get likes,upvotes,retweets,follows&such. Very little actual conversing,goes on. IMHO,that’s not exactly being ‘social’. It’s pretty hard to find anyone who will have an actual conversation,anymore. If you’re lucky,you might get one or 2 replies from someone,but rarely anything that might qualify as a real conversation. That’s rather pathetic…