Facebook Psychoses

by Feb 13, 2012Piety, Tech0 comments

Some great quotes from an insightful and humorous New York Times article on Facebook and other social media:

How is it that activities we wouldn’t in a million years be roped into doing in real life—paging through an acquaintance’s baby album, suffering through a relative’s slide show from Turkey—become strangely alluring online?

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“If the F.B.I. came and ransacked my computer they’d be like, ‘What is your obsession with this person from sixth grade? Why have you looked at her picture a million times?’”

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A study published last month in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking found that the more time people spent on Facebook, the happier they perceived their friends to be and the sadder they felt as a consequence.

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Alas, what strikes us as witty, original and winning often comes across to the rest of the world as sloppily confessional, self-promotional or trite.

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