Sunday, October 10, 2010
Lab #2: "If it's on Facebook then it has to be real."
As a social experiment, we decided to change my relationship status on Facebook from single to in an open relationship with Isaiah Bindel. Immediately after the alteration to my profile occurred, the change showed up on the live feed of my group member sitting next me. A few hours later, on the way to dinner, I had two people come up to me and ask me about the said relationship. Later, when I logged back on to Facebook, over ten people had "liked" the post and my friend who lives Massachusetts had commented. Over the next two days, over ten people asked me if the relationship was real since they saw it on Facebook. Everyone who mentioned it to me told me people had asked them if it was real also and had been talking out it. I asked around twenty people if they had at least seen the relationship on Facebook and only one person had not viewed it. This obviously shows that we are extremely connected through this website. More people commented and liked the post than came up to me in person and asked me out it. The fact that large groups of people saw the relationship without even being in my close group of friends or even living in the same state as me shows that Facebook is how we get to know about one and others lives. Opposed to talking to each other one on one and learning about each others' current lives we simply log onto Facebook and learn about each other from a screen. Facebook does allow you to keep in touch with those from across the country but it also is stops people from going outside and having a one on one conversation with their friends. This experiment shows how people are connected through Facebook opposed to connecting in person. Facebook is greatly reducing our Social Capitol.