From Pine View Farm

Facebook Frolics 2

At Psychology Today, Steve Baskin agonizes over “What hath Zuckerberg wrought”? A nugget:

. . . learning how to connect with other humans requires experience with the multitudinous aspects of non-verbal communication. Communicating well is actually an acquired skill that requires practice.

Tweeting, texting and emailing do not provide such practice. Not only are they devoid of the tone and body language necessary for clear communication, but they also lead (I fear) to the pruning of these skills.

As my two or three regular readers know, I am not a fan of Facebook or Twitter. They turn their users into commodities for sale to marketers, while propagating useless idiocy with the same ease with which they propagate useful idiocy–er, information.

Nevertheless, I cannot shake the feeling that, 600 years ago, Baskin would have been agonizing over “What hath Gutenberg wrought.”



  1. cassandra m

    January 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I do use Facebook for limited reasons and Twitter can actually be very useful, depending upon who you follow.  That said, I heard a truly insightful description of social media on NPR during an interview with the screenwriter Diablo Cody not too long ago:

    I feel like I’m part of a generation of people who are stuck in the past and are really self-absorbed. I mean, we’re actually taking pictures of ourselves and posting them on Facebook, and keeping in touch with people that should have been out of our lives 15 years ago. Obsessing over who’s getting married, who’s having kids, who’s more successful. It’s like we’re recreating high school every single day using social media. And it’s weird.”

  2. Frank

    January 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I also use Facebook on a limited basis.  Without Facebook, I wouldn’t be in Virginia Beach.  But even so . . . .