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.

Presenting The Social Network

The Social Network is a movie that was release on October 1, 2010 and feature young actor Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius who created the social network site known as Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg is approach by two brothers (Winklevoss tins) who ask Mark to help them in developing a website for Harvard staff and students but Mark realize the potential that this website had. Mark continues to work on the website with the help of his once best friend Eduardo Savarin, who provided money for the company, and Sean Parker, the founder of Napster. Together they were able to make Facebook the most popular social network with over millions of users. Mark Zuckerberg became the youngest billionaire in history but was sued by the two brothers who claim Mark stole their idea and by Eduardo Savarin who was removed from the names of the creators on Facebook and who became furious when his shares with the company dropped from 30% to .5%.

The Social Network uses flashbacks to explain events that had occurred prior to the law suit. The movie gave its viewer the knowledge of the formation of Facebook and how it became popular among everyone, not just college students. The movie also won 3 Oscars and inspired many people to create a Facebook page. In just a short time Facebook had over millions of users and after a couple of years it now has over billions of users. Facebook plays a major role in allowing users to interact with anyone they know like family/relatives or meet people who have similar interest. Facebook gave its users the ability to share videos, photos, and thoughts instantly to all of one’s Facebook friends. With technology advancing, users are now capable of going on Facebook with their smartphones at almost any location. Watch this fantastic movie if you haven’t already and explore the wonders of social network.

Social Networks

Social networks have created a whole new online world. Not only can we communicate easier, but can also voice our opinions and feelings instantaneously. Although social networks have been around for quite some time, only recently have networks like MySpace, Facebook and Twitter really engaged people in online communication.

People have definitely used social networks to its full potential. Social networks function as means of meeting friends, long lost relatives and even spouses. It has come to my attention that the older people are, the more skeptical they are about this new mode of communication. Older generations are less willing to put their trust into an online database for connecting with people all around the world. I believe as the generations move forward, social networks will become a second nature, if they have not already been for people of my generation and younger.

On another note, social networks have an irony within. They are used to be “social” and keep in contact with your friends and family, yet people use it to avoid real life socializing. I think part of the reason why people have resorted to finding a partner through the internet has to do with people lacking the skill in real life. In addition, people no longer meet the old fashioned way like accidentally bumping into someone on the bus or train. Instead, people have lost the confidence to make eye contact with people in public places. Social networks have many helpful tools, but until people stop hiding behind their phones, this socializing problem will continue to occur.

Facebook Friends(?)

Facebook.  One of many social media networks that people use now a days.  Back when it first became popular, I was very reluctant to join the crowd and create my own Facebook.  However, as time passed, I realized it was essential to group work in school since I was restricted to only 1000 texts a month.  This became the start of my social life.  As a little kid, I always kept my circle of friends small, but after joining Facebook, a lot of my classmates started adding me.  I don’t know how many of them realized I existed before this social media platform existed, but I accepted their friend requests anyway.  Why not right?  My news feed bled of updates of their daily lives, status updates and pictures that ranged from changes in relationship to hangouts with their friends.  What I realized was, I didn’t care about these things.  I was “friends” with these people now though.  I was expected to know what was going on in their lives now because everything was being blasted on Facebook.  I just didn’t understand why I had to intervene in their personal lives when I wasn’t even that close to them.  Yes, I understand that she was mean to you, but attacking her on social media won’t solve anything.   Any how, I adapted and soon joined them in their dramatic ways for a short time until I grew tired and weary of the same old things bothering the same old people.  Now my Facebook is purely used to keep in touch with my high school robotics team as well as some far away friends.  Just because we are friends on Facebook, doesn’t mean we are friends in real life.  That’s the reality of it.  A push of a button doesn’t automatically make us friends.  We need to actually talk to each other face to face first.

The Next step (Web 2.0)

The popularity of the internet, gave billions of people the ability of accessing a wide variety of information as well as the capabilities of interacting with others who are also able to access the internet be it via computer, smartphone, gaming system, etc. People are currently running on Web 2.0, an upgraded version of Web 1.0, which allows people to interact with not just one but billions of other users using  websites such as Facebook or Reddit. Instantly people are able to share, tag, and comment on photos, videos, and ideas in a matter of seconds.  People take advantage of Web 2.0 to spread news and information about current events faster than the news on the television or on the radio. We also acquire an interactive online map which allows us to pinpoint locations and view satellite images of the world.

As a child, I only use the web to watch videos and play games but as time progress many of my friends and I began to use social networks to interact outside and inside of school. Chatting with friends on Facebook became a norm and people who didn’t have the ability to access the internet were confused in this new technological period. There are computers and Wi-Fi available at almost everywhere including stores, libraries, schools, and universities so people can have access to the web anywhere they go. As the Web continues to evolve, we find our world becoming technologically dependent on it, which makes me wonder how long can it continue to support us in satisfying our needs?

Web 2.0: Friend or Foe?

Ever since Web 2.0 has been at our disposal, human interactions have changed as we know it. The use of features like interacting with friends, family, and even total strangers through social networks, video sharing, texting, and blogging have gradually increased in being part of our daily lives. For example, Facebook & Twitter have turned into mediums in which people send and receive information on a daily basis. Since anyone who has a computer or mobile device with access to the Internet can share information, Web 2.0 can be as harmless as it can be harmful.

Personally, Web 2.0’s services offer are a great way to facilitate our ability to send and receive vital and/or meaningless information at a quicker pace. I believe it’s features have affected me greatly in a positive way. However, it has affected my life in a negative way as well. The ability to find things like the closest shopping center, restaurant or contact a relative who’s in another country in a matter of minutes is greatly beneficial for anyone. By contrast, these same services that have allowed us to communicate instantly have made some people acquire a false sense of connection to others. This due to the fact that when one focuses on less meaningful relationships online, the relationships one fosters in the real world may weaken. Also, these social networks cause people like myself to lack focus and in turn be less productive when it comes to working.

Web 2.0

With the ability to add user-created content, the web evolved. Web 2.0 is a means to communicate with family, friends, and strangers from anywhere in the world. On average, this more recent development tremendously increased web use and has allowed it to become a prominent source of information. Social networking continues to grow in popularity as more and more users take advantage of the efficient and effective web 2.0. Sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Tumblr see millions of visitors each day–and the numbers are only going up. This advance in technology is not one that can be overlooked; it has become one of the most innovative and useful platforms to date, and will continue to play a large role in modern science.

To me, Web 2.0 is a means of information and communication. Social networking has made keeping in touch with friends and family easily accessible and efficient. With the help of the web, I have access to almost any information at any time–whether it be about someone I know, school work, or even what movies are playing. Like many others, this technology has become a constant in my life. Rarely do you find someone without any means of online interaction. The web can be used to reach huge amounts of people in short periods of time, affecting millions of individuals almost instantly. More than anything, the web is an incredibly omnipresent and useful tool, and it would be foolish to not take advantage of it.

Web 2.0 and it’s Effect On Society

From my perspective, Web 2.0 demonstrates the new type of society that has emerged, in which collaboration and active communication are greatly valued. Instead of accessing content online, individuals are now creating, sharing and editing content themselves which paves way for more creativity and innovation in terms of ideas and expression. I think Web 2.0 has also created a more interactive virtual space for individuals to communicate; with the rise of social networking platforms, global news or personal statements/ideologies can be shared through a photo, status or text post in a fast, efficient way. The ability to connect users from all over the world and allow them to blog, tweet, or comment through any platform changes the nature of information; instead of accepting it, individuals have learned to challenge, criticize and expand upon ideas or topics which adds to our wealth of knowledge.

As a student, sites such as RateMyProfessor or StudyRoom allow me to interact with students across campus who have taken the same class or studying the same subject, enabling me to make better academic decisions. I am also involved with various social media sites such as Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram which is where I first receive updates about recent news events. When a major crisis occurs, both in America and elsewhere, the users I follow share articles and live news feeds so we can discuss and comment upon events while they are occurring. This instant connection eliminates the reliance on newspapers or broadcast channels and instead, gives value to individual voices with an online presence who are either at the scene or connected to the event firsthand. This can possibly also eliminate the bias news channels or journalists might have, because the sources are not filtered.

In my opinion, one of the most significant effects from Web 2.0 is the rise of ‘YouTube celebrities’, a phenomenon that has never existed before. These individuals share online content on YouTube through the form of video blogs, tutorials, musical talent or short films and in turn, have gained immense popularity. The ability for individuals to create and upload weekly videos to a fan base that not only watches, but creates their own responses and reactions shows how alive and attentive the online world has become. Individuals, such as author and vlogger John Green have also adapted to the changing web and created Art Assignments, a video series where art is discussed and the audience is engaged in challenges to create their own take on the piece. Just this week, Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind the Humans of New York Instagram page worked with an underfunded public school in Brooklyn to raise money for school field trips; within a week, one millions dollars were raised by Instagram followers and hundreds were aware of the cause. In this way, I think the collaboration that is taking place online has allowed us to relate to people who are virtually strangers and provide a community-like feel, regardless of geographic location. From a societal perspective, the Web 2.0 has, in many ways expanded our wealth of information; however, due to sites such as Wikipedia, that allow users to add, edit or delete, we have learned to become more critical and skeptical of our sources and speakers.

 

The Allure of Social Networks

Social Networks have changed the way individuals interact with one another and produced a more socially entangled society. Through their simple interfaces and ease of access, nearly every person with a computer or smart phone has been attracted to a social network. Facebook in particular has been effective in attracting all sorts of demographics ranging from pre-teens to grandparents to even babies (no I am not kidding you).

The success of Facebook spawned from the wishes of college students to become better acquainted with one another on a digital platform. Its demographic quickly spun off into other directions as anyone who wanted to keep in touch with peers or relatives was able to sign on to the site and see immediately posts and updates posted by other users. The attraction that Facebook had on its users was likely due to its ability to allow someone thousands of miles away to keep in touch with their friends, family and peers instantly with a mouse click. Although some demographics that Facebook retained have dissipated, it still holds onto the majority of many communities with over a billion registered users.

Infatuation With Posts

As we get closer to 2015, it is quite obvious that more and more people are upgrading to higher technology and buying better technology to stay updated with societal tech standards. Years prior to today, there were no tech standards, but today society requires you to own smartphones, laptops, tablet computers, and even wearable tech items. As more years pass, we’re getting closer to ultimate enveloping of our beings into technological worlds.  This new trend is only possible with the millions of people willing to get more involved with the new wave. If people refused to get better technology such as resorting to old technology or technology having longer shelf life, our innovation and creativity would be barred or slowed down.

Along with our new trend of infatuation with new technology, we also have a love for posts and tweets and updates. Facebook was a trend for nearly eight years but many who moved from Facebook to Twitter said that they moved because Facebook didn’t accommodate for high activity of posts. Twitter, on the other hand, is great for high activity of posts and simplicity. Twitter is great because its simplicity allows for simple posting, profiles, and favorites/retweets. Facebook, on the other hand, gets too complicated with Events, Groups, and Stickers. As our tech advances, we can all expect that our activity towards Twitter, Facebook will grow exponentially and have greater features.