Sunday Story 11
In our discussion, we talked about the idea of real friendship as opposed to a virtual one and how Facebook has blurred the lines between the two.
In MS-6, we can see the reason for the budding of online friendships. It very easily bridges a gap when it comes to human interaction when stripped down. Technology just makes everything undeniably more conveniant. This could be in terms of how quickly we can reach someone while putting in minimal physical effort or be extended to how easily it becomes to break bad news or breach awkward conversations. While making things more convenient, it removes the humanity in friendships. This is clear in RC-5, when it speaks to the isolation that accompanies technology. When the excerpt mentions the positives of such an interaction over text,. i.e. a record of arguments, the ability to clearly think out statements before they’re said, a possibility to revise, it potentially removes the true emotion that the words being said might hold. It also eliminates tone from the conversation. Human friendship becomes less and less human. This is also aided by the introduction of Facebook. By using the term “friend” to describe a follower on Facebook, it plays into the human desire for friends but manipulates in. While Facebook friends can be real friends, the two are not always synonymous. In AT-4, we discussed the differences between the two because of the feelings that arise from “Facebook stalking”. It is telling that you may not actually be friends with a person if looking deeply into their page makes you uncomfortable. You’re looking into a life that you normally would not have access to as you are only Facebook friends and possibly not even acquaintances in real life.