This past Sunday I mentioned Facebook and Twitter in my message. I think some people jumped on twitter just because of that. Those are two of the hottest social networks on the web right now. This week I thought I’d take a look at some of the reasons why social networks are so huge right now.
What is driving people to social networks online? Could it have anything to do with the current cultural trend toward isolation? During the Industrial Revolution, urbanization became a big thing. Everyone moved into the big cities for new jobs and opportunities. As a result, people formed all kinds of close-knit communities. People lived their lives with their neighbors.
Today, people are moving away from the big cities. Suburbs are the fastest growing areas in our country. People are looking for bigger houses, bigger lots and more space. With our new houses on bigger lots with garages, we leave the house from the confines of our garage and return to the garage without even saying one word to our neighbors. We are moving toward isolation.
The problem is that God made us in such a way that we need and desire relationships. When God saw Adam all alone, he said it is not good for man to be alone. It’s in our DNA. We are built for a relationship with God and with others.
As a result, I believe people today are reaching out for relationship through the internet. Enter social networks.
Your thoughts on the social network revolution?