The Internet has no boundaries and it has revolutionised the way we communicate. Castells raises an interesting point and one society often tries to ignore, it is that networks are becoming the forefront of social practice, taking over and controlling our social life. Our generation has grown up accustomed to this lifestyle so it is hard for me to argue and understand anything different. By all means if I was able to abandon the Internet for a week I would. However in society today this would just be impossible as the Internet is embedded in our daily lives and I’m sure I would be diagnosed with the social disorder named the fear of missing out. The fear that I may not know what my friend ate for lunch because I didn’t see their Instagram post or the fear that I missed the change of relationship status of a Facebook friend who I meet 5 years ago for a whole 5 minutes.
Networks have permeate all domains of social life and Sherry Turkle’s Ted Talk , Connected But Alone, suggests that there is a dependency in technology which has lead to the demise of conversation and social interaction. Networks have structured globalisation in such as way that we now find companionship in technology and society has redefined the term friendship, which is now virtual and defined by a friend request.
Castells, Manuel. “Afterword: Why networks matter.” Demos Collection (2004): 219-225.