I was just cruising by Mother Jones, and they had this tiny little article on Twitter and Facebook addicts. Apparently, people are doing studies on Tweeters and FaceBookers, and finding them to lack compassion and important gray matter.
Hmmmmm. I don’t know about that. I’ve seen a pretty wide cross-section of people on these social-media outlets, and while FaceBook does seem to come with a certain amount of hedonistic narcissim (I speak of people displaying no less than 1 million happy party pictures for the entire world to see, not just their own personal network), I’ve found Twitter to be a place of idea exchange. There’s been less of an emphasis on self, and more of an emphasis of sharing ideas, knowledge, and encouragement. Or maybe I’m just hanging out with a special sub-group of Twitterers. Then again, I am no social media expert, and in all likelihood I’ll be agreeing with these researchers in a few year’s time.
On the other hand, I did read some time back that blogging seems to increases one’s happiness.