As one of the final assignment for MCO435 I had to read and analyzed two books on social media. The book I chose werePersonal Connection in The Digital AgeandThe Young & The Digital.The first book was about the progression of technology in social media and the second was about social media and how it is involved with the young generations and how it is affecting them as well. Both of these books are interesting because they book gave me a better understanding of how social media evolved and how it is taking over our lives.
As I read these books it showed me the effects that social media has on everyone but mostly the younger generations. My parents grew up from not know what a computer is to myself growing up not only knowing what a computer is but to know how to operate one pretty well. Now with the new generations we know all about social media likeFacebookandTwitterand it is very uncommon to see some one not have a social media account. Social media is so involved in our lives that we cannot live a day without it. We cannot go on a day without checking ourFacebookand tweeting our activities out there for others to see. This is normal in our lives and it is in our daily activities like eating, sleeping, working, playing video games, etc…This is how we communicate to our friends and families but the same time we do not see how much time we are wasting using social media. Before the social media movement we make friends through meeting people in the outside world and hanging out with them. Now everything is social media so we talk to our friends online most of the time and that is only way of communication. We go on each others pages and comment on pictures and reply back to what they wrote on their wall. We don’t make an effort into hanging out but to play online games with each others.
Face-to-face interaction is how we create interpersonal relationships with the people around us but with social media it create barriers so we cannot develop them. You cannot tell how a person is feeling over a monitor screen and text. These are the things that Baym and Watkins mentioned in their books. After reading these two books I realized that you should not put so much time into social media because it will only become a bigger phenomenon. Facebook will eventually die out but something new will take over and everyone will be on it. Sometimes it is easier to follow the crowd and join in then rebel but following trends and keeping up with the crowds will only lead to wasting your time. You can use those time to get things done and setting times to actually hanging out with the people you talk to online.
In a this article I have found it’s about social media is very interesting. It is said that throughout the world we have lost the touch of actually communicating with each other. Since there is so many social networking sites out there it makes it easier to have conversation with each other. It avoids that awkwardness of a certain conversation to just avoiding facing that person. To know that six out of ten people are using social networking sites and forums show that daily conversation is transforming and changing at a rapid rate.
The article surveyed people from Argentina to South Korea and it showed that there are so many people using these website. Throughout the world things are being changed and it’s changing rapidly. In Hungary it showed that 94 percent of the population are using emails to communicate with each other. That is such a high percentage if you look at it. This means that almost all of the country are on their computers chatting with each other; than calling them.
Personally this article has shown that its a slap in society face. We are losing the personal feeling to conversation. Remember the days where you actually had to call someone on the phone and actually listen to their voice. Now all you have to do is shoot a text to that person and that’s it. I feel that has our technology grows and we depend more and more on technology we are going to lose how to communicate with each other.
The future of this increase will show that people are not going to be able to handle certain conversation since communication through social networking does not help show the emotion of the conversation. The other day I was watching a show and the grandfather was saying he was asking his grandson what he was doing on the computer and the grandson said that he was talking to this girlfriend. The grandfather was flabbergasted when the girlfriend lived two blocks down. The grandfather said why wouldn’t you go down the street to talk to her in person she’s not that far. This right here shows us that the kids of today are losing real conversation skills.
Viral videos are videos that have been uploaded onto the internet and been watched by millions of people around the world. Video like “Kony 2012” has been seen over 78 million people and counting. The video created a sensation but not in a good way, the creator made the video for the intention of delivering a message to the people of the world to stop Joseph Kony, who is a warlord that has been kidnapping children for his war army in Uganda for many years. This video was intent to make Joseph Kony famous but not to idolize him, but to make everyone aware of him and stopping him. The video was in a form of a powerful message but will it work?
Viral videos are famous because they are usually funny, original, and deliver a deep meaning or message. Viral videos are normally seen by the millions of people around the world and eventually everyone knows about it and has seen it. If a person has not seen it then would hear about it from friends or from television talking about it. With the internet and Youtube anyone can upload a video and hope that their turns into a viral video. To let people know your message you would film yourself giving a speech and hope for the best that people will listen. Without the internet important messages about awareness or educated lessons could never happen. Do you think that without online videos people would care about important subjects like Joseph Kony and that people will try to make a difference without know the facts about him?
I did not know who this Joseph Kony was until I saw the video and probably the same goes with most of everyone who saw the video and now all of a sudden everyone cares about it and is trying to make a difference. Celebrities especially are trying to raise awareness about Kony and his actions in Uganda but their just like the rest of us before this video, clueless and did not care to bother about foreign affairs. After seen the video celebrities tweeted saying to share the message and to make Kony famous, but do they really mean it? Or are they just doing it to act like they care. That goes for the rest us, are we passing the message around because we do care or we just pretending like we are so that people who are actually suffering don’t judge us.
My point for this whole blog is to make people realize that there are ongoing struggles around the world everyday way before there were viral videos and the internet and just because you seen some video about some guy don’t mean that all of a sudden you care and pretending like you want to do something to stop it. If people knew who Kony was from the very beginning he would have been stop and children would of been saved. There will always going to be bad things happening in the world everyday and we do not know about it because we simply do not care until it is a viral video. So in order to make a difference in something we need to learn information through news, papers, and through research rather than waiting until someone post up a video for us because it is convenient for us. We should not pretend to care on issues we do not fully understand about because other people tell us to and that it will make a difference, instead we should learn about it first and decide on our own that what we are going to do will be a good cause and that it will make a difference. Take the time and research the subject or the matter before we tweet and facebook the video to the public letting people know that we care and we understand the problem. Remember a little time spend goes a long way.
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Is Facebook Turning Us Into Psychotics?
- Who takes a photo of every meal they eat to show to everyone they meet?
- Who offers up their newborn babies to strangers they’ve never met?
- Who drags their cats and their dogs around with them everywhere they go?
Well, a person afflicted with psychosis (a psychotic) certainly does…
And, thanks to Facebook, so do you….
In fact, thanks to the wonderful world of social media and networking sites, (the primary culprit being the omnipresent social gorilla known as Facebook), we’re only paying attention to the things we want to pay attention to. And that leaves us increasingly disconnected from our friends, family and co-workers as we simply turn to our devices when a conversation no longer interests us.
And that, apparently can be the cause of psychosis which, according to the American Heritage Science dictionary, is “a mental state characterized by the loss of contact with reality and the ability to think rationally.”
This mental state (a psychotic person often behaves inappropriately and is incapable of normal social functioning) has been attributed to frequent Facebook usage.
Case in point. Dr. Larry Rosen, a professor of psychology at California State University, distributed surveys to 1,000 urban adolescents and his own 15-minute observations of 300 teenagers that were studying.
Among his findings were;
- Teenagers who use Facebook more often show narcissistic tendencies while young adults who have a strong Facebook presence show more signs of other psychological disorders, including antisocial behaviors, mania, and aggressive tendencies.
- Daily overuse of media and technology has a negative effect on the health of all children, preteens, and teenagers by making them more prone to anxiety, depression, and other psychological disorders, as well as by making them more susceptible to future health problems.
- Facebook can be distracting and can negatively impact learning. Studies found that middle school, high school, and college students who checked Facebook at least once during a 15-minute study period achieved lower grades.
There’s certainly plenty of data that supports Dr. Rosen’s findings. Surveys showing that we’re increasingly suffering from a variety of psychiatric ilnesses directly linked to the use and over-use of social media have become commonplace.
So, what’s to be done about it? Well, obviously it’s long overdue for us to actively pursue a more self-aware and well-adjusted relationship with technology, the internet and social media.
Or, you could just go on adding more photos to your collection of idiotic cat pictures on Facebook…
I never thought how Facebook is like in real life scenarios but this picture shows it all and it is very true. People tend to post random and useless statuses and pictures and they always think that others will react positively but in reality it drives people crazy! Facebook has become so diluted with useless junk that it has transformed into a place for people to brag and share what they “think” is important but really it is not. If only people can restraint from posting nonsense and daily bullshit then Facebook will come back to an informative source networking place.