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Facebook and loneliness article & [POLL]

Discussion in 'The Atrium' started by 12theTruth, Sep 21, 2013.

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Thoughts on facebook?

  1. I wish more people would still send e-mails!

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  2. Love it, easy and efficient method of communicating with friends & family

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  3. Not a fan -- privacy concerns

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  4. Occasional user - not a fan of the drama on facebook

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  5. Candy Crush!!!

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  6. Facebook is my homepage and is my primary source for news

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  7. Twitter is more my thing

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  1. 12theTruth
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    I know we want to use the forum as an escape and have some fun. This thread is of a more reflective nature.

    An interesting article by Stephen Marche of The Atlantic

    Even though this article is a year and a half old it is still very relevant today
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    Yvette Vickers, a former Playboy playmate and B-movie star, best known for her role in Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, would have been 83 last August, but nobody knows exactly how old she was when she died. According to the Los Angeles coroner’s report, she lay dead for the better part of a year before a neighbor and fellow actress, a woman named Susan Savage, noticed cobwebs and yellowing letters in her mailbox, reached through a broken window to unlock the door, and pushed her way through the piles of junk mail and mounds of clothing that barricaded the house. Upstairs, she found Vickers’s body, mummified, near a heater that was still running. Her computer was on too, its glow permeating the empty space.

    The Los Angeles Times posted a story headlined “Mummified Body of Former Playboy Playmate Yvette Vickers Found in Her Benedict Canyon Home,” which quickly went viral. Within two weeks, by Technorati’s count, Vickers’s lonesome death was already the subject of 16,057 Facebook posts and 881 tweets. She had long been a horror-movie icon, a symbol of Hollywood’s capacity to exploit our most basic fears in the silliest ways; now she was an icon of a new and different kind of horror: our growing fear of loneliness. Certainly she received much more attention in death than she did in the final years of her life. With no children, no religious group, and no immediate social circle of any kind, she had begun, as an elderly woman, to look elsewhere for companionship. Savage later told Los Angeles magazine that she had searched Vickers’s phone bills for clues about the life that led to such an end. In the months before her grotesque death, Vickers had made calls not to friends or family but to distant fans who had found her through fan conventions and Internet sites.

    Vickers’s web of connections had grown broader but shallower, as has happened for many of us. We are living in an isolation that would have been unimaginable to our ancestors, and yet we have never been more accessible. Over the past three decades, technology has delivered to us a world in which we need not be out of contact for a fraction of a moment. In 2010, at a cost of $300 million, 800 miles of fiber-optic cable was laid between the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange to shave three milliseconds off trading times. Yet within this world of instant and absolute communication, unbounded by limits of time or space, we suffer from unprecedented alienation. We have never been more detached from one another, or lonelier. In a world consumed by ever more novel modes of socializing, we have less and less actual society. We live in an accelerating contradiction: the more connected we become, the lonelier we are. We were promised a global village; instead we inhabit the drab cul-de-sacs and endless freeways of a vast suburb of information.

    rest of the article here
    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/05/is-facebook-making-us-lonely/308930/
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    I actually HATE facebook with a passion !! It has caused nothing but trouble at work. I cancelled my membership and never looked back. Now I have all NEW friends.....:D
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    I agree! I used to have facebook but found the more friends you added, the more you'd be disgusted with what you'd read. The names that my nieces would call each other through facebook were quite unsettling. I'm sure they were just horsing around but to some of the other hundred and some friends it may be actually quite appalling.
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