What is the connection between Social Networks and Being Lonely?
Published by 1622Shimi
“Always watch and follow Nature.”~ Egyptian Proverb, The Temple of Luxor
The award-winning video, The Innovation of Loneliness by Shimi Cohen, describes in simple words and animation the problem with today’s technocratic culture as it relates to what might be called real social connections.
In a nutshell, Cohen’s argument is this: we have engineered a whole new approach to loneliness.
Yes, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pintrest and even business networking sites like LinkedIn have increased human connectivity and social networking on a quantifiable scale not fathomable even a few decades ago, but there’s a reason for that, Cohen argues…humans simply can’t handle it.
Cohen explains for monkeys grow in numbers until the size of the social group is no longer viable, then they splinter into two social groups and go their separate ways. Once upon a time, families, villages, tribes, etc. also likely followed a similar dynamic.
Even in empirical, hierarchical structures, large numbers of individuals must be broken down into manageable-sized “units.”
• Countries > Provinces > Cities > Neighbourhoods
• Armies > Divisions > Companies > Units
This is just plain common sense when you think about it. Seriously, how many real, meaningful relationships can you maintain? People have always organized themselves in such ways because of the natural limits imposed by our necessity for authentic social interactions.
We need social nets that work, not social networks. What comfort can we take from scrolling through endless portraits of all our Facebook “friends?”
A single Rainforest Ecosystem from PeapodLife contains more living organisms than all the “friends” on Facebook combined, ever. The difference is, PeapodLife friends are not measured in quantity, nor are they organized by cold algorithms and crude databases.
PeapodLife follows the laws of nature in its highest expression. A community of organisms impossible to comprehend—let alone organize—by means of the human intellect, miraculously woven into a beautiful, self-organizing web focused on the success of every last inhabitant: including you.
No other technology comes close.
Here’s a vivid example of how nature shows us what a real relationship is; and what beauty emerges when we watch how the original “social net” works, even after 20 years.
Not a new story but worth watching again and again!
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