Social Networks provide society with a tool that instantaneously connects one individual, or a group of them, with another. Most people on social networks are comfortable publishing personal, logistical, educational, and commercial information, and often times relaying information to others, via the internet. This is shown in the moves “The Social Network” when Mark Z. adds “relationship status” to the Facebook prior to releasing the network to Harvard. They have grasped inner social circles of high school cliches, to stay at home moms, and even to political movements.
This technological phenomena is most definitely changing culture. Since people are publishing and sharing pictures, videos, posting about opinions, events, and relationships, people now seem to be more reliant on this information. They log on so often and read about peoples lives, that they stalk you in a way. They see what you’re doing, where you’re at, how you felt about, who you went with, and you are with. And then they proceed to get offended whenever one person posts something but doesn’t say it in public. Additionally, it makes people have social anxiety about they responses they receive on social networks. This has most definitely transformed the functions of normal communication to the point that it has even caused some social problems.
Social Media has changed internet usage completely. Allowing people to upload statuses, pictures, info, etc. has made it much easier to communicate with others. The main social media network that changed everything was Facebook. After facebook, many other social media companies such as twitter and instagram, were made based on ideas drawn from facebook.
Social networking now accounts for 22% of all time spent online in the US. Facebook has over 900 million users and that number is still growing. Twitter has about 500 million. Social Media has became a huge part of life in the U.S. and its hard to find someone that doesn’t use it.
Social networking through use of websites such as Facebook on the web has many good aspects. The social experience is one that is complex and is now completely online. These complexities make it flawed though and there are some cons to this social boom on the internet. For example, the ease at which people can spread information is a bit of a double-edged sword. The ease of spreading information has its positive sides such as People can manipulate it through spread of false information easily. Or even bad websites such as the one Zuckerburg makes that compares girl. It spread like wildfire.
Now Facebook is used to interact with others and form networks. Some people mistreat this though and will talk badly of other people or even use it to scam others. People will interact in harsh ways towards each other and (back to the spread of information) post lies about celebrities or even maybe someone they personally know. The internet can give someone a false sense of confidence that they use to take advantage of others. Mark Zuckerburg did just that with Facemash.com. Social networking on the internet still hasn’t been able to capture people for what they are in real life.
The social network is revolutionizing our world today. It not only brings the world together but allows the world to access more information in a short time frame. We are entertained at our own houses, without having to take a step into the real world. This revolutionized how people interact, as well as changed how we were able to create our second identity.
Social network has changed on how we interact. Before, we would interact with people, communicating and sharing great moments of our lives. We would go and set up meetings and appreciate each other’s presence. One would have to know another through time, growing in relations with each person. However, it all changed once social network has become well known. Social network has revolutionized the way people think. It has brought access to other’s information with ease and allowed people to be careless. People started to share secret information online, allowing strangers to gain access to the information. However, all was not lost when privacy was strengthened. However, throughout time, bugs and security breaches were found and the secret information was leaked.
On the other hand, social network has brought people relief. It has connected people together as a whole and unified people’s opinions. Reddit is a social network where people of all sorts of interests gather and talk about things that interest them. Although there are some ‘trolls’, the community stays as one and tries to fix the impeding dangers of that site crashing. Social network has prevented people from suicide, allowing humanity to be not looked down upon. Although social network has revolutionized the way we think, it has changed our ability to communicate and how we are able to provide relief to another.
During the summer of 2012, I had the pleasure of marching with the Cadets2 Drum and Bugle Corps in its inaugural season. In our competitive debut, we placed in the top 5 at the Drum Corps Associate World Championships in Annapolis, Maryland, and have even consistently placed in the top 3 in multiple drum corps competitions and parades on the east coast, even winning one of the shows. In general, the inaugural season was considered a huge success and an excellent start to the corps’ future.
There were many factors that went into ensuring the corps did a great job. This included the staff, the financial support from YEA (Youth Education in the Arts, the group that started Cadets2), and even just the hard work and determination of the marchers. However, I think there was one factor that definitely made the difference between success and failure. I am talking about communication within the corps via social networking, specifically Facebook.
On Facebook, the corps was split into multiple groups. There was the main Cadets2 page, which was the central hub for all the members, and then there were subgroups for horn players, percussionists, and guard. Within those subgroups were other subgroups, for example there was a baritone section subgroup within the subgroup for the horn players, a subgroup for the snare drummers within the percussionist subgroup, and so on. This helped to not only effectively communicate with all the players on any important issues within the corps, but also to address specific issues that applied only to specific sections. For example, if the trumpet section needed to do some kind of music assignment to make sure they knew the music for the show, this would be talked about within the trumpet subgroup. If the entire hornline needed to do an assignment, the hornline subgroup would hear about it.
This helped communicating with the entire corps and specific sections of the corps relatively easy and efficient , thus more work was done fast, any concerns were addressed quickly, and as a result the inaugural season was a success.
Facebook has become very popular in a short amount of time. It has become a craze where everyone but that “one person” has a Facebook page. There are a number of reasons for why it is so popular mainly because of the many uses it provides in a setting that puts all your friends and community members together. Facebook allows users to post things they are doing or thinking about, upload pictures, message friends, and create groups and events. The whole idea of Facebook is that it helps users socialize, but at the same time, it creates a worry that people are losing face-to-face social skills. In a way, this has become a major paradox in our society: how Facebook is helping people connect with others, and how it is diminishing our actual interactions with one another.
There are many things I really like about Facebook. Even with friends and family located all over the place, I can still keep in contact with them. Facebook is often less personal than texting or calling someone, so it is easier to message someone you haven’t seen in a while or just comment on a picture that shows up on your page. I also like seeing what other people post. Some posts are annoying or are just people complaining about things, but some people have very interesting posts. The other day, one of my friends on Facebook posted a Kurt Vonnegut quote which really made me think. There is still a major distinction between being actual friends and being “friends on Facebook.” As long as people spend more time with their friends in real life than on Facebook, I think people will be fine socially though I am curious to know how Facebook will affect the future with so many people communicating indirectly. Either way, there are many reasons why I stay on Facebook, and I like being able to communicate with friends online.
Social networks have been studied in some form since the 1800s. Why are they suddenly the biggest thing since the Internet? Why was The Social Network even made into a movie? Well, unless you want to call it a fad, I would argue that it’s a combination of technology, timing, and a bit of human nature.
While indeed kinds of social network have been studied since the 1800s, only recently have we had the technology to gather enough data to study them meaningfully. On one end, we have mass communication devices finally reaching a large number of consumers at reasonable prices; laptops, smartphones, even gaming consoles. In addition, reasonably-fast Internet connections are now ubiquitous in most first-world countries. The combination of these two things gives researchers lots and lots of data. However, equally as important, since about the 1970s, mathematical research in the field of graph theory has picked up, though it too has been studied since nearly the 1700s. Graph theory, and especially graph-related algorithms, allow us to analyze large data sets. Previously, it was somewhat difficult to actually find a use-case for graphs; with all these new technologies, it’s hard to not find one.
The human side of why social networks have exploded is essentially that we are social beings. Humans have evolved to actively seek out social interaction, and gain positive feedback when we do. It is nice, in other words, to have friends. We like having friends. So when it’s as easy as clicking a few buttons on a touchscreen, we do it a lot, as you can imagine. It’s why people often say they’re “addicted” to facebook. I don’t know if anyone has actually studied it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the brain chemistry of a really big “facebook addict” and, say, an obsessive gambler, were somewhat similar.
Social media has become more popular than the concept of using a computer in the first place. So many users are using social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, and often they are they only reason they are “on line” not caring for the news, games, and other activities made available to them by having internet access. Why is this?
The primary people use when explaining their social networking habits is the ability to “keep in touch”. The network creates a way of communication on the internet, consolidating features of blogs, instant messaging and email. Before, many of these things would be mind boggling to those that were not quite tech savvy. Now, everybody and their grandmother has a Facebook.
Many would lose contact with the myriad of people they had relationships with in their lives. With the advent of social networking, you can easily find schoolmates relatives, and even simple aquantances. You can organise events to meet up, and invite all these friends. you can start up a conversation, swap photos, or play games.
In last class, we saw the movie Social Network, which introduces the development of Facebook and the story of Mark Zuckerberg. And also it points out the key point of the difference between Facebook and MySpace initially.
Gradually, social network services have become necessities for people’s daily life, even we might feel uncomfortable or cannot live without social network. From the surveys we did in previous class, they indicate that most people spend at least one hour each day on social network, such as Facebook, twitter and so on. And social network have is not solely used by daily social but for politics and many other areas because of its particular features enabling users have the possibility to make friends with people all over the world no matter where they are in only they are “citizens” of Facebook. Besides the Facebook, Twitter is another crucial social network service changing our way of using Internet or social dramatically. It is considered as a micro-blog basically and by definition. However, I think it could be a record of people’s daily lives. Let us suppose that if Albert Einstein or Thomas Edison had Twitter, which can help them to record immediate idea at that time, our world might be a lot different today.