I am sure most of us at the EdLab have personal Facebook accounts and while the frequency with which we visit the site varies according to the individual, I came across this NY Times article about how the social networking site, around 500 million strong, is not attracting everyone.
The article follows young people who have shunned Facebook and each offer a variety of reasons for refusing to sign up or leaving. The one consensus in all the stories seem to be a lack of connection to everyday things and how Facebook has essentially disconnected them from the “real world”. Some would only get in touch with their friends through Facebook, see friends’ updates and pictures to see how they were doing and indirectly see that as their way of knowing how their friends were doing rather than keeping in touch with them.
Has Facebook and other social networking sites reached a point where the need to keep personal relationships is no longer necessary? I am interested in knowing the reasons for those without Facebook accounts.