A strictly ‘need to know’ basis.

So we’ve established that the internet is fast becoming a must in modern life, but to what extent are we dependent on this cyber social hub?

Very, apparently.

Facebook claims:

“There are more than 65 million active users currently accessing Facebook through their mobile devices.
People that use Facebook on their mobile devices are almost 50% more active on Facebook than non-mobile users.
There are more than 180 mobile operators in 60 countries working to deploy and promote Facebook mobile products”

Many of us who are Facebook addicts in disguise will convince ourselves that we’re merely logging on when we’re at home, at the office, and at a loose end in general.
But being able to log-in the likes of Facebook and Twitter via our mobiles, brings about the need for a whole lot more excuses.

Again, we see celebrities updating their status’ here there and everywhere, giving us our own personal look into a world to which we would otherwise have no access. In itself, this is interesting. People want to know who got drunk at what awards.

Your average bear’s life, however, is significantly less exciting.

Is it imperative to let everyone know that the man sat next to me on the bus smells like a urinal? Well, apparently so.

Facebook mobile has become as much a guilty pleasure as gossiping over the photocopier or eating several hundred chocolate coins for breakfast on Christmas morning, even when you’re 35.

The demand to be up to date with our chosen social networks is getting so large, that we just can’t live without it, it seems.

In theory it seems sad, pointless, and basically just a gargantuan waste of time (unless you’re a student, in which case you’ve almost definitely got nothing more productive to do).
In reality, this is also true. But yet we can’t stay away.

So what is it about these kinds of sites that draws us in – and more importantly, keeps us there?

The strange thing is that I wouldn’t dream of texting my Mum telling her how ridiculous my hangover is this morning, just as you would probably not feel the need to inform your best mate that you’re going to get a shower then watch Jeremy Kyle.
Yet, I have no qualms about updating all 231 of my friends (of which I am in regular contact with about 30) on the progress of my morning-after-the-night-before.

Is it some kind of weird release that we get from the idea that we can broadcast the boring monotonous tasks of everyday life, and in that, make them seem less soul-destroying and thus, feel better about said mundane monotony?

Some claim that sites such as Facebook are the dawn of the death of good, old fashioned conversation. Others, however, argue that they are a portal into the rest of the world, with infinite prospects. That it a common interest that can somehow bring people who would be otherwise culturally cut off, together.

Whatever the opinion, the fact that the internet is less and less becoming separate from our everyday lives is one that is for the most part, undeniable. The lovely little bubble of escapism that we could sit in so as to procrastinate from ‘real’ life is not so much burst, as growing to accommodate us in the strangest of places, in any situation we choose.

Have a click on the poll below, and let’s see the damage.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s