Facebook, the Anti-Social Network, Actually Makes You Sad (via @Slate)

#Depression

Mon, Jan 31st, 2011 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Libby Copeland on Slate, by helping other people look happy with their perfectly curated profile pages, combined with the human habit of overestimating other people's happiness, Facebook is making you miserable.

Facebook is "like being in a play. You make a character," one teenager tells MIT professor Sherry Turkle in her new book on technology, Alone Together. Turkle writes about the exhaustion felt by teenagers as they constantly tweak their Facebook profiles for maximum cool. She calls this "presentation anxiety," and suggests that the site's element of constant performance makes people feel alienated from themselves. (The book's broader theory is that technology, despite its promises of social connectivity, actually makes us lonelier by preventing true intimacy.)

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