Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Can online social networks ever satisfy the need for real interaction?

Does a poke on facebook, or instant messages, or chat sessions, or any other online social network interaction satisfy the real need for real interaction? Humans are social animals and have a real need to interact with others.

An example of this is a Fast Company article linked below is a trend in Japan for "cat cafe's". These cafe's give patrons time to interact with animals. The cafe's cite research that pet owners live longer because of the interaction with other living creatures.

There is a trend in the US and generally with the rise of gizmos and social networks interceding in our social connections. That trend of electronically mediated interactions clearly isn't about real human interaction with living creatures.

What will this trend mean to our society as more and more social stuff happens via gizmos and Internet services? What changes does it make to people who lack social interaction? What will that mean to our society as a whole?


Cat Stroking, Not Facebook Poking, Satisfies Needs For Real Interaction

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  1. The cafe's cite research that pet buy real instagram followers owners live longer because of the interaction with other living creatures.

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