Social media is a fantastic enabling technology, allowing us to communicate and share like never before. But as we (the human race) become more and more used to communicating in 140 characters and skim-reading blogs, and as our children spend more and more time online, we may be in danger of creating a society that knows lots about little, but little about lots.
Well, that’s my opinion. And I’m taking on the challenge of The Big Tweet Off this week to at least try and make people think about the possibility that social media has negative impacts as well as positive. I can’t at present reveal very much in this post about WHY I feel this way, as that’ll give away my arguments to my opponent in advance of the fight. But I do fear that my 16 month old daughter could grow up in a world where interaction in the real world takes second place to interaction on Facebook. And much as I will encourage her to by tech-literate as early as she needs to be, that’s not a thought I relish. I will blog about this after the debate.
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