Are we afraid to speak our mind on Facebook?

Helen Walne, Columnist for the Cape Argus wrote a thought provoking piece on Tuesday titled "Facebook, the killer of opinions".

Speaking to CapeTalk's Africa Melane, Walne questioned the kind of conversations friends have on Facebook and when they meet up in person. She says conversations between friends become altered on Facebook.

The difference with Facebook is that it is a strange and sort of artificial space to be in perhaps that's why these conversation don't happen. Our interactions become altered on Facebook

Helen Walne, Columnist for the Cape Argus

One of the reasons conversation are altered is that the written word can be misinterpreted much easier than the spoken word, according to Walne.

She says Facebook somehow encourages the impression of positivity and happiness, given the number of happy moments pictures that are posted daily.

She says we tend to self-censor on Facebook and avoid having good opinion of what is happening around us.

I think its such a powerful tool to be used to debate and have really diverse discussions other that the single-track conversations.

Helen Walne, Columnist for the Cape Argus

Listen to the full conversation below:


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