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The Innovation of Loneliness: A Video

"While our focus is shifting towards individual achievements over community, more and more people are feeling lonely... Bits and pieces of tweets, posts and chats aren’t allowing people either to open up or understand others... Could this social media activity be chipping away at your quiet time as well, when you could think and reflect?"

Stashed in: #TED, Awesome, Conan, @louisck, The Internet is my religion., Friends!, Forever Alone, SOCIAL, People

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"We're collecting friends like stamps, not distincting [sic] quantity versus quality and converting the deep meaning and intimacy of friendship with exchanging photos and chat conversations."

"Instead of building true friendships we're obsessed with endless personal promotion: investing hours on end building our profile; pursuing the optimal order of words in our next message; choosing the pictures in which we look our best."

"We're faking experiences so we'll have something to share."

"I share therefore I am."

"If we are not able to be alone, we're only going to know how to be lonely."

Sherry Turkle's TED talk is worth watching -- I believe a lot of that karma tube video comes from it:

The short answer is yes, social media takes away from our ability to truly connect.

The longer answer is that it's complicated. Social media has its role but not as a substitute.

Completely agree. Reminds me also of this - more humorous - diatribe from Louis CK:

He's right -- staring at a phone prevents a kid from developing empathy.

"You need to develop the ability to just be yourself without doing something."

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