Sunday, January 30, 2011

Another Facebook Article in the Sunday Styles Section of the New York Times

Let me discuss the article "Does Facebook Make Someone Social Offline?" by just analyzing the title.  My quick answer is no.  Very often people post things on Facebook that they would never say to someone's face.  I have many Facebook friends who also work at NJIT but I can pass them by on campus and nothing is said.  A few months ago there was the 5th Annual Meet and Greet of Oldies Fans.  A large percentage of the people were Facebook friends, but how many did I speak with that day?  Only a few.

There were two publications cited in this article:

Got Facebook? Investigating What’s Social About Social Media,” by S. Craig Watkins and H. Erin Lee, the University of Texas, Austin. Click on the link and the publication is available.  I just looked at it very quickly and observed a detailed statistical study.

Turkle, Sherry. Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. New York: Basic Books, 2011. Print.
This book looks promising.  I just noticed that it is available for the Amazon Kindle.  I'll have to read it when I get the time.

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