The Social Network and its influence

Social networking has had positive and negative influences on our society, that is certain. As far the negative goes, it has made the more current generations much less talkative and approachable than the older ones. The art of simply making small talk has been turned into more of an awkward encounter than it should be. And the social network era is to blame for this change in public interaction. It’s hard to say that everyone has this new subconscious, but it is definitely able to be seen.

But we cannot forget about the positives that the social network has done for our lives. First and foremost, it is way of plugging oneself into groups and being part of a “community” (whether it is Facebook, Instagram, etc.). For example, through Facebook I was able to join the Rutgers Class of 2018 page, and that has answered countless questions of mine that dealt with Rutgers. Or it can even be used to plan huge events such as sports games, tailgates, parties etc. Without social networking, it would be much more difficult to make these connections that so many people have made through these social networking sites and apps. Social networking has the potential to change our lives for the better, or for the worse.

Affected by Web 2.0

The Web 2.0 has had an enormous impact on my life and unto other people who are of my generation. I practically grew up with having unrestricted access to the internet through computers, phones, and tablets. I feel as if I have been spoiled. For example, if I were to go on vacation where there was no wifi then I would feel disconnected from the outside world. I’ve become so accustomed to having information available to me at any time, all it takes is looking at my phone and opening any app that has what I’m looking for.

An example of how fast the information online travels is actually similar to something we discussed in class the first day. Personally, I found out most of my news from either twitter or Facebook, and sometimes word of mouth. It’s rare that I’ll be watching CNN at 6 o’clock and discover news for the first time. Instead, it will be through the power of the Web that I learn of things that are going in the world. The Web has significantly changed my life, and it will continue to do so for the rest of my life.