How to Comodify Loneliness

Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Pinterest… social networks are as ubiquitous as they are different. Yet they all state that their purpose is to connect people across common interests or purposes, and to increase our ability to share our lives with others. Whether they are successful is still a matter of debate, as loneliness is one of the top complaints of modern human beings.

This video, from Shimi Cohen, discusses how our social networks make us less connected to the people around us because we collate and creatively edit the things that we show to people on our profiles. Maybe we can solve the problems of our own loneliness, but it won’t ever be due to more followers or likes.

What Sparks Our Fire: While we love social media, it’s important to contemplate the value of both virtual and physical relationships.

Does this video hit home for you and your social media use in the modern world?


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