25 Jan '11, 6am

Social networking sites are a 'modern form of madness'

Social networking websites are making us "less human" by isolating people from reality, a United States academic has claimed. The way in which people frantically communicate online via social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook can be seen as a modern form of madness, according to sociologist Sherry Turkle, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in her new book. She explains that people become isolated from reality due to such social networking sites because technology is dominating our lives and making us "less human". Under the illusion of allowing us to communicate better, technology is actually isolating us from real human interactions in a cyber-reality that is a poor imitation of the real world, she suggests.

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/Worldinbrief/EDC110125-0...

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