Sherry Turkle's new book, Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other, promotes the thesis that "technology offers the illusion of companionship without the demands of intimacy and communication without emotional risk, while actually making people feel lonelier and more overwhelmed." Her point about communication without emotional risk is evidenced by the feedback I've received from some young people on Facebook about gottaFeeling. They are reluctant to share any "negative" emotions they may be experiencing on Facebook. They describe Facebook as "only a place for happy things." Which causes me to believe that many people aren't using social networks for support per se, but instead creating an image of themselves for social purpose.
What do you think?