Information Systems

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------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------- Is the increasing digitisation of our lives making people more isolated? Is the increasing digitisation of our lives making people more isolated? Word Count: 2086 Word Count: 2086 CIS11 Information Methods Assignment 1 CIS11 Information Methods Assignment 1 Abstract This report outlines the degree to which the increasing digitisation on society is enabling a rise in connectivity amongst peoples, community and society as has never before been seen in any other era. The below argument focuses on the use of social media and online communities as a growing form of interconnectedness and the shift in the traditional form of…show more content…
Statistical data in relation to the digitisation of our lives, also starts to elude to the benefits of the connectivity it creates. In Australia 67.89% of the population (calculated at 22,905,450 January 2013) (Friedleib, 2013) is connected to the internet. According to the below graph, 51.45% of the population is connected to Facebook, this in relation to internet users means that 75.78% of Australians with the internet have Facebook. (http://www.adcorp.com.au/Social-Media-Statistics-January-2013-Aust-NZ) With such a high percentage, conclusions can be drawn that social media is in fact a new, beneficial and accepted form of communication. Social media is a prime paradigm of how people are able to become more connected today. MIT professor Sherry Turkle argues that social media and text messaging are creating distance between relationships, lack of real communication and a decrease in involvement in civil and religious discussions. We live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating. And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection (Turkle, 21/04/2012) In reality though, quite the opposite is happening. Sociologist and professor at Pennsylvania University, Keith Hampton found that 9 per cent of Americans aged 18 to 22 years old had closer relationships due to social media and from this 9 per cent, 43 per cent were more involved in political discussion (Hampton, 2012). This can be seen in reference to only13

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