Ultimately, I feel like it may be hurting us as a whole moreover. Do you ever feel like it gives off the illusion of "closeness" and "connectivity" to those around us? In actuality, we only have so many people we really talk to on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. These people who are actually in those three categories are quite possibly the same people you mainly interact with on Social Media but what about the rest? In one years time, have we even messaged or got a message from a quarter of our "friends/followers/etc" in our Participatory Media? To think, if you have 400 friends on facebook, that would be 100 people to put it in perspective.
But I digress...maybe we are still in a time where participatory media is "still" finding use as a platform to rally for reform. Either that, or we are all slowly becoming Hyper Desensitized to the world around us, whether its Digital or reality.