Social Networks: Good or Bad?

There is no question that social networks play a large role in society and have both negative and positive effects.  Some of the positive effects are that it brings people closer together and allows them to share their life with people.  It is especially helpful for keeping touch with friends that not are not necessarily in proximity to the user.  Through social networks friends can stay relatively in touch through social media and see what is going on in their friend’s life.  It is also easier to form relationships and meet new people online.

Even though there are a lot of positive effects of social networks there are also some very negative effects.  Social networks cause people to feel closer but in reality are not close at all.  Despite someone having 1000 friends on facebook they might not be close to them at all in person.  Not to mention people have unsaid competitions about who can get more likes on their Instagram and Facebook photos.  It causes people to very narcissistic and self important.  It brings out very selfish qualities and is a very overlooked issue with social networks.

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Do you have any apps for social network on your phone? How many do you have? How often do you visit them?

Social network takes most of time in people’s daily life. The most two popular one are Facebook and Twitter.

As  Facebook entered the market at 2004, the history of social network is changed. More and more people start creating a Facebook page and adding their friends. Users from different ages with different background decorates the Facebook by diversity. Two years later, the existence of Twitter leads social network to a higher point. Although Facebook are still dominant the social network, but many people have moved from Facebook to Twitter. And here are the reasons:

1. Away from parents. Being in the Internet is anonymous. One of the reasons that Facebook gets popular so quickly is because it creates the webs. It’s a mental thinking that they want to have all their friends in their page which helps Facebook to get popular by convincing their friends. Because of these, most teens are not able to be an anonymity.

2. Simple. As increased using of Facebook, there are more and more apps add into it. Facebook has pages for playing games, asking questions and listening to music while Twitter are much more simpler. For most of the people, they do not really use all the apps that much instead they like to read all the posts and look at the pictures. Comparing to Facebook, Twitter are much straight forward that helps it to gain its own market.

3. Able to @. @ is the symbol that Twitter uses to mention other people or friends by using the symbol with that person’s name. It encourages the interaction between people and convenient the users. Unlike Twitter, Facebook is only used by names. By using the symbol, it is easier for users to find the focus.

 

As today, Facebook are still one of the most important tools to reduce the barrier between people. Although, the existence of new social network will creates different attractions to increase their users, improving  is always going to be an marrow to win the battle. What do you choose, Facebook or Twitter?

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Social Media and Social Interactions

Many in our generation see and appreciate the benefits of social media. Social networks literally allow us to communicate with one another in the privacy of our own home, at a restaurant, on vacation in another country, and just about everywhere else. We can communicate our ideas at lightning speed from distances as far one person being half away across the earth from another. This idea of the web is more interesting when we consider the part of the web dedicated solely to social interaction online. With the ease of communicating through social media, critics have frequently highlighted the costs of something so popular and efficient.

In the picture below, titled by me as “Playdate in the 2010’s”, is a picture of three children all on Mac laptops. Social media and technology overall has impacted the way we live and interact. There have been numerous studies on how social media has impacted our real life human interactions. In the photo below, the children are trapped in cyber space, all sitting next to each other, but all in their own world. A picture of three children half a century ago would probably be of them all physically playing with each other. Even for adults social media has been detrimental in terms of interpersonal communication. One may see the many people are so absorbed by their smartphones in public, that they may ignore obvious things that they commonly would notice. At a party or social events, smartphones sometimes monopolize people’s time more so than actual conversation that the event was intended for.

“Playdate in the 2010’s”

Influence of Information

Information is such an integral form of social networking in our day and age. Where is she? What is she tweeting? What questions is he asking? What type of restaurants does he like? With the social media revolution we’re living through, companies like Gowalla, Twitter, Quora, and FourSquare help spread the message to friends, family, and strangers about what you’re doing, where you are, what you like, what you don’t, and more.  The main conversation of analyzing technology is if all of this plethora of information is actually beneficial to society or detrimental. Most consider is detrimental because one person is putting themselves out there too much, but it can also be considered beneficial due to the fact that it can also provide a backbone for a person even when not in a conversation with a person. To describe over-posting further,  you can always keep in contact with someone and feel as if they’re with you just by the presence of their idiosyncratic tweets or specific music taste, etc.

We changed information, however. During the first revolution of web companies, we were only giving information to AskJeeves, MapQuest, and AltaVista. Today, we give companies all of our information because of two reasons: 1) easiness, and 2) trust. One, the web has made things as private as financial transactions and handling tax information so seamless that people have begun to resort to using them without feeling suspicious. With success rates of working for reputable friends or even reviews online, people find no reason to hold back from using these services. As well, information has changed us. With these methods, research has been made easier and uncomplicated which helps further our development in solving real-world problems.

Altering Information

The way people and information interact are dependent on each other.  Information is all over the place and especially thanks to the internet, any information is accessible globally and instantly. However that doesn’t necessarily mean that all information that is available on the internet is always correct or even widely known. Information depends on the people to spread it and depending on how it’s spread, it can change. It’s why sensationalist news sites are always so popular. They slightly alter the stories and exaggerate their headlines, somewhat modifying the information being spread. Because of this, the information that they spread and make well known can be somewhat untrue, thus changing the information.

Altering information is not only limited to one party or even the internet. Spread and change of information happens all the time in real life. Someone tells a friend about something, they interpret it and tell it to someone else. This information can get constantly passed and altered until it is something completely different.

The Information Age

The current age we as human beings live in allows for the streamlining of all available information into a readily available feed of constant media. Broadcast media and journalism have changed drastically due to the changing nature of information and have evolved from past methods of coverage into online websites and 24/7 news coverage around the world. This streamlining of information enables for optimal coverage of news events occurring live with updates to the situation made nearly instantaneously as they happen.

Modern events like the Ebola epidemic in Africa receive 24/7 news coverage on all mediums of information outlets. Twitter, a social networking site, has become a platform for news organizations to provide reports to, posting short tidbits of information on the matter and usually linking readers to the extended story itself. Sites not even meant for news coverage find themselves engulfed in current events around the world as the average user of the internet is not able to escape what is happening in the world around them. Never before has the average individual been so aware of what is going on in the world around them before this age of information.

The Information Revolution

Information is an important aspect in our life. We are living in the Information Revolution where we can access information anytime we want. The downside to this is that anyone can upload the information that can be false information. A story can be altered to change the entire meaning of the story. A popular website called the Onion that makes up fake headlines regarding popular events and many people believe it.

 

Even though there is a lot of false information available there is even more useful information that can be used for a plethora of reasons. Websites like Khan Academy, Codecademy and others that offer educational information. People can post and access information to get in touch with anyone. You can find out everything going around you or anywhere in the world whenever you want. Easy access to information allows people to be smarter and makes it easier for people to educate themselves on subjects instead of having to rely on biased sources.

Informational Paragraphs on Information

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.

Web 2.0 – The Mutual Trade Off

Web 2.0 is the word used to describe the current “version” of the internet. Web 2.0 and Web 1.0 are not technically different versions, but rather shifts in how we use the internet. Web 1.0 was more about having static pages and delivering content to the users without receiving anything in return. Web 2.0 is when internet users start becoming much more interactive. Anytime you submit any content online such as a tweet, a blog post, a comment on a Youtube video, etc is contributing to the idea of Web 2.0.

Without the Web 2.0 coming into play, the internet would obviously be much different. There would not be any online communities for one, which is a huge aspect of the internet today. Forums, Youtube channels, and Twitch.tv streams are all sources of information and entertainment. Online communities have come together to do great things and without the Web 2.0 none of it would have ever happened.

To me, Web 2.0 will open many doors for simply creating. I can submit anything I create online whether it be a blog post, a video, a tutorial, or a website. If we remained with the one-sided Web 1.0 none of that would be feasible. This allows for so much learning and interaction that you could never replicate in another way.

Social Network

The movie the social network was interesting in the sense that it gave insight on the human element behind what it takes to bring together media as large as Facebook. In all honesty it puts doubts in my mind that all other types of media and internet facilities did not go through the same issues and dilemmas while being produced. While it is possible that a company be set up with ease- I do believe that any successful business goes through difficulties at one point which help shape the course of its success.

With Facebook, the issue was ownership and responsibility. Mark Zuckerberg was young when he put together the bases for Facebook. With this thought in mind it is difficult to pinpoint his exact intentions for this social media site. Whatever they were however, there is no doubt that he could have ever imagined it to be what it is today.