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.

[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?

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