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How Much is Too Much?

Do you ever feel that as the world invents more and more ways to “stay in-touch” virtually that you are spending less and less time with people literally?

I asked myself this question after reading a blog post by Ben Benson. In his post Benson shared his experience using Twitter – yet another virtual network. After reading his blog post I counted all the ways that I “stay connected”: PR Open Mic, Facebook, MySpace, e-mail, blogging, text messaging. And now that almost everyone today owns a cell phone, never a second goes by that I don’t stay “connected”.

Stephanie McCulley made a great point in a recent blog about the addictive properties of virtual social networks. Not only do they allow us to keep up-to-the-second on gossip and social circles, but they provide us with a way to escape from our daily lives.

At what point does “staying connected” in a virtual sense detract from our ability, or desire, to stay connected in “real” life? Are we trying to avoid actual physical interaction with others, or do we truly prefer to use technology which may be pushing us further apart?


April 24, 2008 - Posted by | social networking


  1. I don’t think that technology is tearing us apart from our need for physical interaction. Not yet, anyway. I think if you ask anyone, physical conversation is preferred over the digital realm. However, it’s easy to become dependent on communication not face-to-face. I could literally not leave my laptop and still maintain perfect connectivity with literally everyone I know. Strange, isn’t it?

    Comment by benson09oregon | April 24, 2008 | Reply

  2. Liz,

    Thank you for this outstanding commentary. I share your feelings that all these ways to stay connected online can leave you with less time to interact in person. One thing I like about it though is the ability to connect with people who are on the other side of the country — people who I would otherwise have little to no interaction with. Thank you for this great discussion.


    Comment by tiffanyderville | April 25, 2008 | Reply

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  4. Liz,

    Great topic! I completely agree with you that social media is addicting. I also find it sometimes distracting, like i will be at the library Facebooking instead of doing my homework and i know many others also do the same. However, i do think that with the help of social media people have an easier time staying in touch with people that they do not get to interact with on a daily basis. I also agree with Tiffany’s post that social media allows us to easily network with those across the country. It’s a “Catch-22” in way!

    Comment by olgawalsh | April 28, 2008 | Reply

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