The Sunday Times Style magazine has given the latest social networking craze a psychoanalysis, exploring the reasons for its growing fan base.
The rather one sided argument puts forward the following:
Twittering stems from a lack of identity. It’s a constant update of who you are, what you are, where you are. Nobody would Twitter if they had a strong sense of identity.
Philosophist Alain de Botton describes it as:
a way of making sure you are permanently connected to somebody and somebody is permanently connected to you, proving that you are alive…
Deep. But while this may give some of us food for thought, what the piece lacks to acknowledge, or appears to miss is that Twitter can and has also be used as a vehicle for breaking news, such as the Boeing 737 plane crash, and the Mumbai attacks, from ordinary people on the ground.
While some of you twitterers (I’m yet to join) may need your existence recognised by cyber world, and also talk of its addictiveness, I believe it’s more a case of techno savvy people wanting to be in the global loop across a whole range of issues. A more balanced article by The Times published a few days earlier, discusses this and the socio-historical idea behind it here.