You know the drill, check your e-mails, send a tweet, update your facebook status, write your blog and log onto all the other social networking sites that you use. It’s all about staying in touch and feeling connected.
But, as Facebook launchest its new hub called Peace on Facebook, that hopes to provide a space for dialogue and conflict resolution, and, ultimately, end all human conflict, it is time to ask is all this social netwoking really helping to bring the world together?
According to the site, the feature aims to enable “people from diverse backgrounds to easily connect and share their ideas,” thus mitigating “world conflict in the short and long term.” But can this really work?
At their best social networking sites help us stay in touch with people in an age which is becoming more geographically fragmented. And they can better equip us to deal with a more diverse society and expose us to a wider range of opinions.
We have also heard the reports of suicides linked to malicious gossip circulated on a social network.
This celebrity withdrew from public life claiming that she would lay in her bed all day on the computer on Twitter.
So is social networking helping to bring us together? Are we mising out on important human contact?