This article, particularly point two, suggests that social media, in effect, magnifies already existing behavior. That does make me wonder, because it seems social media has, perhaps, created some new types of behaviors.
It does make sense to me that if you’re socially active, social media can serve to solidify and amplify those connections. When I think about those that tend to be socially isolated or disconnected, however, I’m not sure the same can be said. It seems, maybe to have the opposite effect. It amplifies the social disconnectedness by providing a false sense of connectedness, perhaps?
I’ve seen behavior on Facebook that I don’t believe would have existed outside the social media sphere. When an individual is posting things to 100-200 people over a social space that they would never say to that many people in a group, it seems that’s a new type of behavior. Is it a new type of socializing? There should be a name for this. I saw a quote the other day that said something about wondering if people’s lives are as good as they portray on social media. “fakebooking?”
When it comes to the socially isolated, I have a vision of a lonely soul setting in the dark, illuminated by a computer screen, reading and posting on Facebook, thinking that they’re somehow socializing, when really the opposite is true, the act of thinking they are connected through social media is false and they’re actually creating a larger separation through the act of being by themselves and not seeking out actual socializing experiences.
Well, there’s good and bad in everything.