More connected, yet less social.

The most interesting topic I found out of all the lectures is how our online self differs from our real life identity. This is something I will look into in more depth, not only because it is a good essay question but because I can somewhat relate to it. I have had some interesting debates related to this topic as a few of my colleagues argued that just because our online profiles are standardised, we all have our individual identities, we have not lost our originality. However, I believe that in the online community, we are trying to follow trends, the online ‘challenges’ in order to fit in with our community. We constantly get happy when people ‘like’ our posts and by doing this, I think we have became a part of the online ‘herd.’ We are all following these trends in a way, which takes away from our online experiences. I believe we have become dividuals, with a dual identity for our online and real life self. We struggle for recognition of others online and we are outside of ourselves in these communities. However, these online communities can also be helpful as we can always find sites such as Tumblr where we can go for support and to generally bond with people from the same interests, which is a good aspect. There is so much to cover and look beyond this topic, we could spend all the lectures on this one single issue, however there are other important topics beside this, I just find this particularly mind-triggering. The idea of disembodiment, leaving our physical self behind, we can be anyone we want online and I believe by this, we are becoming more anti-social, yet we think we are more social. As Rheingold stated, “Mobile phones have become the ‘remote control’ of our lives, they are indispensable for orienting ourselves in our daily lives.” I could not agree more as we find it hard to go a day without checking our ‘online life’ and we often tend to put our online conversations before our real life connections. How many times have you been on your phone while sitting in a pub with friends? This idea of becoming more connected but less social is definitely a debatable issue and definitely worth looking into it in a more critical and deeper manner. 



  1. Your post is a interesting read, to see that you have said the online life or second life starts to make us less social which I completely agree with since in our society today everyone uploads pictures or their opinions without giving it a second thought and if they don’t have a lot of confidence in their own opinion then they start to feel embarrassed about what they posted and feel that everyone is judging them on that post making that person less inclined to go be more social. Your post was a very interesting read.


  2. This is truly a very interesting debate. Although I believe both arguments can be reasonably acknowledged, I am more inclined to agree with my colleague’s view on the standardisation of online behaviour and the suffocation of originality (see ‘More connected, yet less social’).

    The notion of the ‘online herd,’ in my opinion, can be used to summarise a widely spread, accepted and performed exploitation of ‘the second life’ for the creation of a ‘disembodied’ self (see ‘More connected, yet less social’). For its usage, I applause my colleague.

    Without implying that our active participation in online communities, social media platforms or other online services completely destroys human creativity and even the very desire for it, I will argue that the appearance of the ‘herd’ is due to a standardised notion of what a user experience must be, being imposed on a daily basis.

    Originality does not disappear, it is just ‘swallowed’ by the user’s desire to make the most out of Internet services.

    On his pursuit of maximum display of creativity and originality, it often becomes the case that such qualities are lost in the process: unintentionally and unconsciously.

    I don’t know whether being more connected has made us less social, but I definitely think is has made us less cautious of outer influences.

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