Social Capital

Social capital is defined by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development as “networks together with shared norms, values and understandings that facilitate co-operation within or among groups.”

In Robert Putnam’s, “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community.” he argues that our social capital is in decline.

I agree, and yet due to globalization, you could argue that we are more connected than ever before.

There are over two hundred million active Instagram users.

There are over five hundred million Facebook users.

This picture alone describes how crazy social media is. Look at these guys sitting next to each other and rather than enjoying the company of each other they are worried who is going to see their lunch. Social media is about creating a persona of yourself. Sometimes that persona is not even close to who we really are.

I think we need to get back to interacting with each other and forming real relationships rather than weak-tie relationships between your @instagramname and someone else’s@instagramname.

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