In this module we have looked at how people are connected to the internet in many aspects of their lives. A lot of people are skeptical about whether the growing reliance on technology and the internet is actually a good thing or not. They claim that we are too reliant on technology to do basic tasks and that the networked society is making us less sociable. I would argue against this.
It’s not true that before the emergence of the internet and smartphones people were much more sociable. You’ll often here people say that millennials should put their phones down and talk to someone on the train, like in the good old days!
Having access to unbelievable amounts of information on a mobile phone through the magic of wifi and mobile data is an incredible luxury and people need to take full advantage of it. There is a stigma attached to making friends on Twitter/Tumblr but it’s often those friends with whom people form the most genuine connections through a common interest. Social media gives people a platform to share thoughts they might not want to in a face to face conversation. There are flaws, but living in a networked society is predominantly positive.