Stephen Marche's Article: Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?

1385 Words 6 Pages
In the article “Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?”, Stephen Marche asked, “Does the Internet make people lonely, or are lonely people more attracted to the Internet?” His general conclusion described Facebook as a tool, and loneliness results from how people use it. People use social media to open themselves up to the world. Positive consequences of this include developing and strengthening relationships between people separated by distance. On the other hand, loneliness and mental health issues have risen, both of which are discussed in Marche’s article and in “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” by Jean M. Twenge. After reading the two articles for class, I would have liked an expansion on the superficial attraction between the lonely and social media.
Lonely people use social media as a last attempt for relationships. Jolene Zywica and James Danowski studied Facebook popularity and self-esteem, and their results supported the Social Compensation hypothesis. The hypothesis states that people use their online social networks to compensate for their lacking offline connections. In the study, users who “are less sociable, have lower self-esteem, and are less popular offline”
…show more content…
This can lead to the illusion of popularity. A cycle begins when those excluded post pictures of their own to keep up with other sociable friends. This competition of who appears most popular backfires because the documentation makes those not invited feel left out. The feeling of being left out has risen, with girls, frequent users of social media, feeling excluded by friends who hang out without them (Twenge). Stephen Marche used the term “lonely sulking” in “Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?” to describe scrolling through Facebook and feeling depressed at everyone’s seemingly perfect lives. In an ironic twist, social media has given more loneliness to those wishing to avoid

Related Documents