At first, the affects of social networks all seem positive and important for the future of humankind. However, at further glance, social networks have many negative influences on people. The internet is nice for getting a person’s opinions out, but many people start taking it to the extreme and abuse the system by saying mean things to other, intentionally or on accident. The problem with talking to people on the internet is that it is hard to show one’s emotions. Yes, one can use emojis to try and show their feelings. However, a simple sentence can be treated as either sarcastic, realistic, mean or nice. Someone may mean one thing when they write about something, while someone else may interpret that writing in a completely different way. This is why facial expressions are so important in face-to-face talking. You cannot, or will usually choose not to, speak to others face to face on social networks. Another problem is that if something happens to a person who found a facebook message or a tweet offensive, the person who put up that message will get in legal trouble. Even if the message is supposedly deleted by the “criminal”, there are still ways to view that message again, it is permanent.
Social networks have made people forget how to talk to people in person. This is important because no matter how long you spend next to a computer, you still need to see people face to face whether it is to make love, play games with friends, or go to the store. As mentioned before, if you want to get your emotions out, it is much easier to just talk to a person face to face. Social networks have fixed the problem of reaching people far away, but it had also made a problem with the way we talk to people physically close to us. We are now more awkward in thinking of topics to talk about, can’t express our ideas as well and have trouble meeting new people in the outside world. Social networks have only made social interactions worse.
The abundance of information in today’s society is one of the most important changes that has occurred to humans since the stone age. Information allows people to be educated and know how the world works. This is important because as people discover new things, they add to that information and as years go by society becomes smarter. Thinking about how the world works is one of the most important characteristics of humans. As we learn more, we can discover new technologies, which can then make our lives easier and more efficient. Information also allows people to see what is going on in other cities and even other countries. Before the invention of cars and trains, people would not know what’s going on in their neighbor city let alone their capital or their own country. Now not only do people know everything that’s going on in every corner of their country, they also know what is going around the world. This is important because non-informed individuals cannot vote reasonably for politicians or laws.
Since information is spread and created by other people, it may not always be truthful. This is the biggest downside of the Internet today. People can post anything they want on the Internet and if it sound realistic enough, people will believe them. If your information is fake, you may as well not have any information at all because, as said before, with false information you will make unreasonable decisions. This premise is also evident when people spread rumors. Rumors are often exaggerated, misleading statements that when they describe a person, cause that person to be associated with unwanted, untrue stereotypes. A downside of too much information is that when people have too much information at their disposal, they may forget all of what they have learned. They may also focus on pointless information having to do with entertainment, like sports, movies and games. However, information is good when used correctly and should not be avoided just because some of it is untrue or that there is too much of it.
The Internet now, referred to as Web 2.0, is focused not on just viewing information but also input and interaction between people through social networks, blogs, video websites and wikipedias. I was introduced to the Internet by my parents but I did not start to really use it until I started to receive research projects in 6th grade. At first, I only knew and used the Internet to read educational articles. Then, I started watching YouTube. That first introduced me to Web 2.0. I spent hours each day watching gameplay videos, comedy shorts and vlogs. I still do that but much less. School projects made me use wikipedias, look at news websites and read blogs. Soon I got into Facebook and I was all of a sudden emerged into the new custom of actively viewing content on the Internet.
Web 2.0 is one of the greatest ideas society came up with. The ability to interact with information and other people on the Internet is really beneficial for humanity. By seeing what other people say, one can see what is popular and what different opinions people have. The Internet has become a type of communication that has never been achieved before. It connects people all over the world through a few clicks of the mouse. People who oppose this say that Web 2.0 makes for a lot of false information. This is misleading. One can always find truthful government and universities articles. Furthermore, media has always been untruthful so saying that the Internet started this trend is untrue in itself. Web 2.0 allows me to organize parties with my friends, express to a big audience how unhappy I am with current government and share a funny video from my childhood.