Happy Birthdays and Human Connection
My name is Darryl Thomas and I am a Year 1 at BHSEC Queens. You are coming to visit our Internet and Society class in a few days, and I would like to ask you some questions regarding one of the articles you posted on Opinionator.
Happy birthday!! With two exclamation points, as we do it on Facebook. It's your birthday today, right? I send you many…opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com
[T]he Facebook [birthday] greeting still carries something like eye contact, recognition and a smile — humanness.
You say that Facebook has the ability to offer “humanness” when it comes to wishing somebody a happy birthday. However, I think that using the Internet to communicate, even if it’s wishing someone a happy birthday, inhibits people from feeling a human connection. I would feel happier knowing that one of my close friends actually remembers my birthday than them and a couple of strangers getting a notification from Facebook. What does Facebook have to offer that humans can’t?