Without Facebook, We'd Have No Sense of Self: Agree or Disagree?

By Molly Oswaks on at

I was talking with a good friend today about, among much else, Facebook and introspection and self-image. I'm on Facebook, my friend never has been. (No, really, never.) He said he doesn't think about himself or reflect on his life nearly as much as other people (myself included) seem to. And he wondered if, maybe, his disinterest in analysing the minutiae of his life has anything to do with not having a Facebook account.

Think about it: no timeline, no friend lists, no documentation of his every waking moment. Facebook, and even Twitter, enforces self reflection. It demands that we keep up and curate this very public, almost packaged version of our life. Last night's party, today's good hair day, your graduation. Everything, really.

I'm not quite sure what I think about this yet. But I can't stop thinking about it, conceptually. What about you? Do you agree? Disagree? Discuss...

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