28
Feb
12

Social networks are dehumanizing

I strongly believe this. I wouldn’t leap to this conclusion on the basis of this one study, but it’s fascinating to me. I think solitude and time to be with oneself is critical to making ethical choices.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022103111001958

Someone I once interviewed made their most courageous moral decision after going to an abbey for three days taking a temporary vow of silence. Not talking to anyone.

Also, whether you agree with or not, take a moment to appreciate what it would mean if social networks were dehumanizing. We are entering into the greatest “sociality” experiment in human history, where EVERYTHING is made social. Things could get quite bad.

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