Social Networking Leading to Identity Crisis

The very idea of having one’s private space to oneself is soon turning into a myth. Most of us share more about our lives on virtual ‘private’ spaces, than doing so in the real scenario. We have our sets of school friends, college friends, neighborhood acquaintances, Facebook friends, Twitter followers, and the list goes on. The order mentioned in the previous line may draw some smirks, but also a realization that our lives are moving on to the social space that the likes of Facebook, Twitter and the others are carving out. 

Identity crisis (Image credit: Getty Images)

Identity crisis (Image credit: Getty Images)



Now, if the claims of a certain Oxford University professor are to be believed, then we might just about be suffering from an identity crisis, and wish for more online attention. Baroness Greenfield, professor of pharmacology at Oxford University believes that a lot of one’s life was being shared on social networks, leading to identity crisis. 


Adding to her understanding of the topic, she stated that people found the need to update their social networks about every detail of their life. Quoting her, “What concerns me is the banality of so much that goes out on Twitter. Why should someone be interested in what someone else has had for breakfast? It reminds me of a small child (saying): “Look at me Mummy, I'm doing this”, “Look at me Mummy I'm doing that.”


This phenomena, she believes affects the daily dispositions of individuals, including the fact that they find difficulty in maintaining eye contact and have poor non-verbal skills, among others. 

Published Date: Aug 04, 2011 06:52 pm | Updated Date: Aug 04, 2011 06:52 pm