What’s Worse: Complete Solitude or Technology Overload?

For one of Really Leila’s social media class assignments, we had to compare a movie about complete isolation to one about technology overload. I enjoyed this assignment for many reasons; probably mostly because it required me watching movies for homework. But, it was also very interesting to see the similarities between the two very different situations.

The Social Network was a movie about how Facebook began and all of the trials and tribulations the creators went through. This movie also touched on how Facebook evolved from its original purpose, and how it altered the way our world communicates. Cast Away is about a man who is stranded alone on an island for years, and the loneliness he feels in this seclusion.

Two very different themes; with some similar concepts. While The Social Network was about connecting with a virtual community; it also showed undertones of the loneliness the creator felt losing his friends, even after he had created this virtual community full of ways to connect with the world. This type of loneliness, although different than the kind experienced by Tom Hanks in Cast Away, is still significant… and at times it was hard for me to decide which was worse.

Both films were captivating and moving in their own way and definitely got me thinking about the world of technology we live in. While I think there are definitely some negatives to our technology-crazed society; I still love the idea of evolving technology and social networks. I find it fascinating how people find jobs, make friends, and find their future husband/wife via the Internet. Social Media has helped me keep in touch with friends, it has connected me to new communities and it is a way for me to express myself. I encourage you to do your homework about the power of technology before you develop an opinion about it; and for once, this homework is actually fun!

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About Carol On the Run

Hello everyone! Welcome to Carol_ontherun. I am a fitness and health enthusiast striving for happiness in everyday life. I am a Graduate student at Southern New Hampshire University in the Sport Management department. I work as a Research Assistant for the department and for the School of Business Dean’s Office. I have a background in Nutrition and Wellness from the University of New Hampshire. I created this blog to cover some topics in the health industry that I find interesting, influential and potentially controversial. In a country with growing health concerns, it is important to understand that while there is a lot of great health and fitness information available, there is also a lot of misinformation. In this blog I will be covering topics related to fitness, health and wellness and how the media’s influence in our society affects how this information is distributed to consumers. Read on to find out more about social media and it’s influence, and my passion for the health and fitness industry. I promise to deliver factual information in what I hope to be an interesting and potentially humorous manner! "I enjoy running, and spend most of my time running around"
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