In both Nao and Ruth’s stories technology is used very differently than how we see it today in America.
Nao repeatedly says that cyberspace is the saddest thing. It is a conversation with yourself. She started a blog when she moved to Japan, as her teacher from Sunnyvale suggested. She only wrote positive things, or negative things with a positive spin, which all was very different than what was actually happening in her life. Later, she learns that less than twenty people have ever read her post and for a while no one has read it at all. This is sad for a couple of reasons. One, she has been speaking to no one and has been completely alone in cyberspace, as she is in real life. Two, she put on a facade for her readers and that facade was unnecessary and only made her real life seem more depressing. I think that is why she decided to write her diary. It is more personal, more honest, and will only be seen by one person. Additionally, she is confident that one person will read it, unlike all of her former classmates with her blog posts.
Ruth continues to say that nothing can stay a secret on the island. The island can be a metaphor for the Internet. Now, nothing is kept a secret. Everyone shares everything with everyone else. On the Internet, more specifically social media, it is the norm to share your life with the world. People do it because everyone else is doing it. However, Ruth does not want her life to be shared. She uses the Internet as a resource not as a platform. She only tells one person about Nao’s diary, but the entire island finds out because that one person told two other people who told who knows who. Information is spread on the island just as it is spread on the Internet.
Both of their situations contradict the ways of the Internet and the Social Media Age. They both prefer prior forms of privacy and communication.