The Paradox of Connectivity in the Worldwide Web: An Analysis of Social Alienation in the Social Media and the Response of the Church to Genuine Dialogue

Abstract

The increasing number of individuals who are using and spending most of their time on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and other social media platforms has sparked interest amongst politicians, educators, parents, and clinicians due to how it impacts their lives, fellowships, and welfare in general. One of the implications of using social networking sites is that they encourage individuals to cherish and be more focused on the bonds they create online than the friendships that they have in the real world. Moreover, when the word “friend” is used on social media, it lacks the familiarity associated with conventional and long-established friendships where individuals genuinely and personally know each other, speak to each other, have an intimate connection, and communicate face to face. Contrary to what is often assumed, the constant rise in the use of the worldwide web results to the decreasing number of social engagements present in numerous communities. The findings imply that the creation of technology and social media has not really helped people connect with each other but has only spurred people to divide themselves, alienate in social gatherings, and completely become misfits.

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Canete, J.J.O., Pandey, D. The Paradox of Connectivity in the Worldwide Web: An Analysis of Social Alienation in the Social Media and the Response of the Church to Genuine Dialogue. Hu Arenas (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s42087-021-00192-4

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Keywords

  • Social media
  • Social alienation
  • Genuine dialogue
  • Paradox
  • Connectivity