"The on-demand world isn't about sharing at all. It's about being served. This is an economy of shut-ins."

-- Lauren Smiley, Matter Magazine

#Internet

Tue, Mar 31st, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The problem with the on-demand economy is that it is creating a society of shut-in individuals which puts to question the social in social media. There is also the issue of a whole new social class system being created as a result.

In 1998, Carnegie Mellon researchers warned that the internet could make us into hermits. They released a study monitoring the social behavior of 169 people making their first forays online. The web-surfers started talking less with family and friends, and grew more isolated and depressed. “We were surprised to find that what is a social technology has such anti-social consequences,” said one of the researchers at the time. “And these are the same people who, when asked, describe the Internet as a positive thing.”

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