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A study made by University Michigan social psychologist Ethan Kross confirms that Facebook use predicts decline in happiness. Ethan Kross says: “On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfilling the basic human need for social connection. But rather than enhance well-being, we found that Facebook use predicts the opposite result—it undermines it.”
One of the most common arguments against the Internet and computers in general is that young people spend too much time in isolated from social contacts and neglecting their friendships in real life.
This explanation might be right for young people who really have problems creating relationships. Others are actually finding more opportunities for creating friendships through web sites such as MySpace and Facebook. The problem with these sites is they tend to be exclusive communities within the larger space of the Internet.
These incredibly popular social networking sites seem to be an inevitable long-term development of the Web. Google is answering this development with a new product called Friend Connect. This new product promises to change the way young people use social networking on the Internet.
For example, if you want to meet fans of a particular band, you currently might head over to the bands MySpace page. Now with Friend Connect fans can meet each other without having to leave the website of their favorite band. The product is intended to be integrated with existing web sites.
There’s no doubt the Internet is continuing to grow as place for friendships and mutual sharing of interests. With Friend Connect, social networking as we know it may never be the same.