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Does Facebook Deprived = Socially deprived

As we approach lent and I think about what I want to sacrifice this year, Facebook crosses my mind. Last year for lent I gave up using Facebook I survived and I did not log into Facebook once, but I did feel like I was being shunned from the social world. I was not aware of the latest gossip from school, from my family or from friends. At the beginning it felt as if no one cared about me because I no longer was receiving comments on pictures, likes on my posts or pokes.  I felt that I was no longer part of the social world, but now I realize that perhaps it is not the fact that we are being shunned from the social world but rather there is no longer that medium that helps us soothe our loneliness, our need for compliments, and our need to see that someone wants to chat with us.  Without Facebook I had to be more on top of things, at afterschool meetings I always had to write down when the next meeting was I could no longer rely on getting notifications from Facebook. In a sense Facebook is a social capital, but it is also a medium in which we create an idenity and soothe our social needs. Im intrested to see how we use Facebook, do we truly use it as a tool to network, as a bridging social capital or as a Bonding social capital?

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