I am currently enrolled in a class on the social consequences of mobile communication, which has really got me thinking. Are social media platforms encouraging the feeling of loneliness by creating superficial connections? For my Capstone Project, I seek to explore this idea further, delving into why in today’s society it is so difficult to “unplug” ourselves from social media technology. Even right now as I write this blog post am I checking my Snapchats, instagram feed, etc. Its completely encompassing!
The idea of being alone together has been studied by Sherry Turkle in her book, Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other. The Vinmeo video –The Innovation of Loneliness – explains the concept really well. With my project I seek to combine both theoretical perspectives on the matter with personal analyses of my own social media usage, hopefully arriving at some sort of conclusion on the effects of social media usage on connectivity satisfaction.
Some overarching questions I have come up with:
- Do social media platforms actually help to solve the problem of isolation or do they simply mask deeper issues?
- How do people feel before, during, and after using social media platforms?
- What trends over the past decades have led to an increase in a feeling of loneliness?