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TheEnd of Solitude

Thekey concepts in the article “The End of Solitude” written byWilliam Deresiewicz are Solitude, Connectivity, Technology, Socialnetworking, Loosing abilities, Contemporary self, Society, andpeople. The author of the article discusses the main issues happeningin the lives of modern society. Deresiewicz further discusses why theInternet and television are a problem in the modern times. How socialnetworking affects the human behavior, how they affect the ability tobeing alone, and what transpires when an individual loses the abilityto being alone. Theend of solitude and is what the contemporary self wants. Does it wantto be recognized, does it want to be connected and visible or is thisjust an invasion of a person right to privacy?

Theauthor’s main point is that people are replacing solitude to beingin continuous communication with people. This article is mainly abouthow people are throwing themselves in the social world begging to thepublic to notice them. Moreover, the author points out thattelevision was designed to eliminate boredom, accordingly, when aperson is bored, he or she decides to turn on the television.Furthermore, the author argues that the Internet does not permitsolitude since a person is constantly communicating with otherpeople. As a result, people are allowing technology take away theirattentiveness to privacy and the ability to be alone – solitude(Deresiewicz 4).

Thisessay argues that technology is making it hard for people to enjoysolitude. Nevertheless, it tweaks it to &quoteasier way for socialpeople to enjoy solitude&quot. Persons who prefer solitude are noton the phone they are not conversing with others, and they are notpublishing their thoughts on the internet. The modern society hasacknowledged that the right to privacy is barley private any longer.In addition, those who prefer to stay private do not have a choice.However, people will put the personal information about themselves onsocial media not caring who will read it.

Incase an individual wants to share an interesting thought on socialmedia such as Facebook, within a short period, his/her post canreceive many dislikes attracting attention for wrong content thataffronted others. Therefore, the individual has two options: deletehis/her post and apologize or back it up and stand firm for his/herperspectives despite the fact that it has attracted hostility fromthe Internet community. Either decision, it comes about that theindividual is, no doubt influenced by social media and not theindividuals own thoughts and will. This depicts that it is hard tomutually enjoy solitude and practice social networking at the sametime. A person cannot enjoy both since random strangers who happen tocome across his/her post can influence the way they live (Anson 63).

Twitterrecorded an increase of 241 million accounts as indicated This shows that the number of people joiningTwitter is growing with time. On the other hand, Facebook posted thatit reached the mark of 1 billion accounts in October 2012. As socialnetworking industry grows, so does its impact on people`s lives.Accordingly, people should not be surprised by how the impact ofthese two social networking sites contributes to the end of solitude(Anson 52).

Awrong Facebook post or tweet can jeopardize an organization`sintegrity or an individual’s reputation. Numerous renownedindividuals fall victim to submitting hostile tweets or offensiveposts onto their respective Facebook profiles or Tweeter accounts.For instance, Pat Sajak, the Wheel of Fortune’s host, announced hisheterosexuality through Twitter. His tweet was a trending topicreceiving over 800 favorites and 700 re-tweets (Fergusson 315). Itmay be seen as a farce of celebrities and famous actors coming outwith their homosexuality. On the other hand, such a possibly unsafetweet could threaten his career. Furthermore, his tweet triggered gayrights activists to protest against a tweet by the CEO of Chick-fil-ADan Cathy after he retweeted an anti-gay tweet, propelling gay rightsdissidents (Anson 81).

Havingsimple access to social networking should worry people into beinghesitant and have second thoughts about what they post. There oughtto be a thought on what people impart particularly on the off chancethat they are representatives of a reputable organization (Saulson154). Unfortunately, Dan Cathy did not think through what he tweetedand in this case, he suffered the outcomes. Perhaps he thought thatthe social media was a place to post information. However, the way toremove that information was challenging since the “not so good”message was already published on the Internet causing irreversibledamage.

Eventually,social media have now turned into a vital piece of people`spersonality and should therefore inspire people to be careful aboutwhat they share on such platforms. The days of people sharingthoughts have now been imperiled by the view of one post, one tweetor Instagram picture that can destroy the credibility and reputationof a person. Whether a person has heard the maxim: `once a though isshared on the Internet, it is there to stay` or not, the personshould know that he/she cannot alter or deny it.

Therefore,a person should be aware of what he/she is posting on the Internet.Regardless of the fact that he/she does not see it as offensive,people on the other end may have a contradicting interpretationconcerning the post. As a result, they may dislike it, and influenceadditional people to consider it as politically wrong (Fergusson387).

Technologyhas changed the way modern people socialize. It sets people amidst aninterconnected, globalized world, and subsequently, peopleprogressively find themselves connected to others. Throughinterpersonal interaction, people can converse with individuals asfar as possible and at any time of the day. Submerged in a universeof broad socialization, people can speak with more individuals thanany era in the past, yet how has this constant association andsocialization influenced people? Deresiewicz`s article &quotThe Endof Solitude&quot answers that question, arguing that socializationdenies people their capability of being alone. Parts of Deresiewicz`sproposition have valid claims about the modern society (Deresiewicz5).

Solitude,in its customary sense, does appear to be vanishing, or beingdegraded in the reality where people understand that &quotsocialinteraction&quot is smooth. Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and textmessaging have become consistent background employments of people whopractice them. Such manifestations of social networking areadvantageous in the ever-occupied and quick-paced world. It might bedifficult to facilitate timetables to arrange an outing with acompanion. However, it is never hard to tweet a message as a requestin the person`s Tweeter account (Anson 62).

Thepresent day social environment has the probability of beingunfathomably extensive. In such an enormous social environment, it isnot surprise that as Deresiewicz puts it the contemporary self-needsto be perceived, wants to be connected and wants to be noticeable(Deresiewicz 6). It is such a huge world that people fear beingunnoticed amongst the crowd. Undoubtedly, visibility has turned intoa strategy for sustaining one`s self-esteem and for some visibilityon social platforms is a substitute for real socialization. Time thatshould be used creating real friendships is nawardays misused postingstatus updates or pictures on Facebook.

Nevertheless,I believe that Deresiewicz is too harsh on the modern era of socialnetworking. Deresiewicz generalizes about persons using social media.He argues that it seems every person’s motive is essentially tomake his/herself into a celebrity. Moreover, he kept referencingpeople trying to get as many Twitter followers, Facebook friends orblog readers as possible. From my experience, this case is anexaggeration. That is not what the majority are after in the modernday type of socialization. Quantity may be important however, thequality of social connection is still paramount (Anson 94).

Mostindividuals are aware that a friend on Facebook rarely becomes a truefriend in real life. There is a likelihood that few exceptionalpeople utilize the Internet to make themselves celebrities, to becomeas &quotnoticeable&quot or as &quotvisible&quot as possible.Presently, the larger part uses the Internet as a manifestation ofconnecting with others and expressing their thoughts. Although thereare negative elements of this new consistent manifestation ofsocialization, there are also benefits. When the Internet is usedappropriately, social networking sites like Twitter or Facebook andtext messages can help people to construct and keep up friendships.For instance, some people depend on Facebook to be in contact withclose friends and family across different parts of the world(Fergusson 345).

Inany case, constant communication of people has abandoned them in theworld of being reliant upon the approval of others. When a person isalways connected to another person, and they start chatting ormessaging on a routine, it becomes disturbing when he/she stops. Inthe expressions of Deresiewicz, &quotIf six hours watching a TVmakes the aptitude for boredom and the incapability to sit still, ahundred text messages a day makes the aptitude for loneliness&quot(Deresiewicz 4).

Inthe modern world, being distant from everyone has unjustifiablesocial stigma. Solitude gives a chance to thoughtfulness andexploration of one`s passions and feelings. A sense of oneself isvital to mental and social wellbeing, and a community is only ashealthy or as weak as the people who make it. In a universe of thedisappearing solitude, society gets lost in a culture ofsocialization, so immersed in the lives of others that peopledisregard to have time with their inner selves and discover theirreal identities (Saulson 184).

Themore an individual uses his/her time socializing, the more popularthey grow into (Fergusson 339). This happens because people areanxious or afraid of being isolated. Solitude is essential since itis the moment when people can disconnect from a world where theirchoices and actions are influenced by what other people think. Truly,it is when people can have a reflection about everything and have aconnection with their personality. This helps a person to discoverhis or character.


Iuse Twitter, text messages, and Facebook In the same way as otherpeople do and regardless, I still enjoy solitude. There is nothinglike the significant serenity I get from being distant from everyoneelse with my thoughts, enjoying a reprieve from the world. Innovativesocialization and a feeling of self are not mutually exclusive, asDeresiewicz appears to suggest. I do see signs of his claims in a fewpeople, yet not all. Any Technology can be positive or negative,depending on the individual utilizing it and depending on his or herenvironment.


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