A city bar owner was tell me about a conversation he had with his friend, a fellow bar owner. They agreed business is down. The bar owner’s friend blamed social media. “Everyone is on Twitter and Facebook. They don’t have to come out to find out what’s going on in each other’s lives. They know everything already.”
I have certainly spent a few Friday nights home playing on Facebook and Twitter, but the reasons had more to do with being tired or broke than not wanting to see my friends in person. A good snowstorm will force a night of Words With Friends, too.
Social media tends to be a mechanism for people to make plans to go out, not the opposite.
I asked people on Twitter their thoughts.