Daily English Discussion–Aug. 3, 09–Are Myspace and Facebook antisocial?

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Hi everyone,

Archbishop Vincent Nichols said MySpace and Facebook led young people to seek “transient” friendships, with quantity becoming more important than quality.

He said society was losing some of its ability to build communities through inter-personal communication, as the result of excessive use of texts and e-mails rather than face-to-face meetings or telephone conversations.

He said skills such as reading a person’s mood and body language were in decline, and that exclusive use of electronic information had a “dehumanising” effect on community life.

Do you agree with that?

Have a great day!

Hoanh

Một suy nghĩ 5 thoughts on “Daily English Discussion–Aug. 3, 09–Are Myspace and Facebook antisocial?”

  1. Good afternoon, Uncle Hoanh!

    About your test, I think I agree with that.
    But…in my opinion, Facebook and MySpace are really good, if we use it in good way.
    “He said society was losing some of its ability to build communities through inter-personal communication, as the result of excessive use of texts and e-mails rather than face-to-face meetings or telephone conversations.”
    I think maybe it’s not right. Facebook (or MySpace) connect people all over the world. Not except Viet Nam, so…there are some problems around the “face-to-face meetings or telephone conversations.” We don’t have condition to do that, especially students!
    They want to make friends with people all over the world, but they can not talk on the phone. It’s too expensive!…………..That’s my opinion…!
    “MySpace and Facebook led young people to seek “transient” friendships, with quantity becoming more important than quality.”
    I agree! … More people have many friends on Facebook or MySpace and so on. But they don’t care about their friendship and their goal that why we make friends?
    I was so sad when I thought about this. It’s not good!
    ________
    That’s all. Thank you, Uncle Hoanh!

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  2. We at CitySocialising.com wholeheartedly agree with this along with the Archbishop’s comments yesterday in The Sunday Telegraph that Facebook and MySpace are leading young people to seek “transient” friendships, with quantity becoming more important than quality.

    CitySocialising is refreshingly all about “real friends in the real world” and was created to enable people out from behind their computer screens and into the face to face social fire. We know that real world friendships are far more valuable than online friendships and that interacting face-to-face with others is essential for a person’s emotional wellbeing.

    Whilst the internet is a great tool to find like minded others and initiate new friend connections, it’s the offline meeting and socialising with these people and a shared history of experiences through which genuine friendships are forged. http://www.citysocialising.com

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  3. Hi Mr, Clown, I agree with you that MySpace and Facebook help people have friends in many places around the world. That is a blessing. Otherwise there is no way to have friends like that.

    People do tend to think about quantity more than quality on these social communities. But I wouldn’t worry about that. After awhile everyone will realize that nothing can replace a real friend who can hang out in the kitchen or in the coffeeshop. But it is fun to have friends around the world just to chat a bit too. 🙂

    But NOTHING can replace the personal touch of two persons sitting together in one place. 🙂

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  4. Thank you, Uncle Hoanh!
    I aslo think that!
    You right! “Nothing can replace the personal touch of two persons sitting together in one place.”
    But if we don’t have condition, can we chat a bit?
    I have 12 friends on Facebook, most of them are foreigners. So I am trying my best in learning English!
    (Miss Hue is teaching me! I’m not good student in her class, but I am proud of it!) 😀 😀 😀 😀
    ….Thank for all, Uncle Hoanh!
    Have a great day!

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  5. I have my own FB. To tell the truth, I don’t like it in the beginning, “messy and too public”, it connect friends of friends of friends – the whole world, lots of people I don’t know. But now, I feel better on it. Thanks to FB, I can update info of friends when we hardly meet in summer break, and give me chance to know some interesting people, organizations and communities. Dotchuoinon.com is a great example. It’s rare for me to participate in an online forum, because I think 4rum is just chit and chat and nothing. Now I find my similar thoughts here and decide to become a regular guest :).

    Facebook and My Space is good or bad due to the way we use it, not itself.

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