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Is Facebook a substitue for basic physiological needs ? [VIDEO] [INFOGRAPHIC]

Why do we use social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin, or blogs? One approach to this question is to look a Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. The following video is the narrative for a theoretical paper dealing with the question “Is Facebook Threating Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs?” The paper will review Facebook and social networking as a threat to human basic needs as described by Abraham Maslow. I wasn‘t able to find a source of the paper. If you know if it is published and where to find it please let me know in the comments.


In addition to the video you find an infographic on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and the social media that fulfil them.


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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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