Social Networks as a Weapon

Most teenagers currently are obsessed with social media, whether it be on a computer or smart phone. With multiple, and a growing amount, of social network platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat, teenagers are spending a huge amount of time constantly updating and checking these platforms. However, while social media is mostly used for communication between friends, family, or updates on celebrity lives, many people use it as a weapon as well. Some people put threats on social networks, and strangers can get one’s information much easier with people putting personal information on their profiles. If one is careful they can avoid this, but many people still are being attacked and threatened with social media, leading to social networking being both beneficial and detrimental.

With the younger generation constantly on social networks, many people have taken to cyber bullying as a way to hurt people and make them feel harmed. For example, instead of students getting in trouble for physical bullying at school, some students will personally offend others online. This has become a serious issue with the rise of social media, and is still constantly happening today. Another harm that social networks bring are threats to specific people, schools, businesses, or even general cities. For example, with the clown sightings recently, there have been multiple “clown” accounts threatening people and schools, saying that they will attack a specific institution at a specific time. Ordinary people are feeling scared and threatened due to these accounts, whether they be real or not. Another example can be ISIS threatening and showing violence on social network platforms. Some predators also use social networks to receive personal information, which can be very easy to access if one does not make their accounts private. While sharing information can lead to communication with regular people, others use this as a tool for violence and can be harmful in a much easier way.

If one is not safe and shares too much personal information on social networks, that person can be in serious danger. Many people lurk social networks waiting for people to be vulnerable to attack, and thus those people could be in serious danger. Social networks should not be a place for violence, but unfortunately some people are not safe with what they share on these platforms, and start to be in danger with others. Unfortunately, the social media companies can not necessarily change these settings to make people’s information much more private; it is the user’s responsibility to make sure that they know who they are friends with online, and how much information they share to the public. Social networks can be used as a serious tool for violence, and with the constant evolution and rise of different platforms for sharing information, one has to make sure they are extremely safe and invulnerable to attack.

One way in Which Depression is Caused by Social Media

In modern times, the rise of social media has lent a hand in starting a new type of depression, called F.O.M.O, or the Fear of Missing Out. The fear of missing out is quite self-explanatory. It is defined by Google as, “anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.” F.O.M.O may seem like something that happens to very few people or on rare occasion, but shockingly it happens to millions of people multiple times per day. For example, a teenager gets home from school and they are watching a bit of TV. The F.O.M.O unconsciously occurs in their mind and so they are prompted to check social media. Once on social media they see pictures and posts of all these people doing fun things which they are not a part of. This causes the teen to think negative thoughts about their own life and how they are missing out on all these things. Unfortunately, there will always be someone or something out there more interesting, and so F.O.M.O can easily happen over and over again.

Recently a study was conducted by experts from the Australian Psychological Society to measure the levels of stress, anxiety, and/or depression that teenagers experienced as a result of F.O.M.O created by social media. The study included questions about F.O.M.O asked to teens 13 to 17 years old. Here are some of the results:

Of all the teenagers involved in the survey 24% percent said that they connect to social media while eating breakfast and lunch every day. More than 40% used social media a minimum of 10 minutes before bed every night, and an astounding 50% of the teens in the report said they felt the fear of missing out on their friends’ inside jokes and events, as well as the chance to show everyone that they’re having fun on social media. (Rahamathulla)

From this data we know without question that so many teenagers are affected negatively in these ways. Especially from the last line, “as well as the chance to show everyone that they’re having fun on social media” shows that the teens also felt left out because they were unable to share any experiences that they were having. Why would this be? Well if likes and follower’s equal popularity, then the way to achieve it would be to post things that causes others to have F.O.M.O. So social media platforms are all essentially one big vicious cycle, whereby all users, to a degree, have F.OM.O and so are forced by themselves check their social media. Then once they do, they are somewhat forced into feeling anxiety or depression for seeing that they are being left out and so are urged to post exiting things of their own. This then is seen by other users who have gone through the same process and now are feeling left out by that person. In the end, people are hurting both each-other and themselves through F.O.M.O, and it is all the fault of our social media culture.

 

Works Cited

Google. “FO-MO.” Google.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 May 2016. <https://www.google.com/search?q=fomo&oq=foMO&aqs=chrome.0.0l6.947j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8>.

Rahamathulla, Mubarak, Dr. “#FOMO Leads to Depression and Anxiety in Teen Social Media Users.” techtimes.com. N.p., 9 Nov. 2015. Web. 24 May 2016.

Social networking making people less social

As mobile technology advanced and became more of a necessity, this idea of social networking was born. Virtually, it was thought that since people were on their phones or computers and then would step away in order to interact with others, why not have both interactions at the same place? Where one could be working on homework or playing a game while at the same time being able to talk to their friends and meet new people. It started with small chat rooms and evolved into one of the most common uses for technology. Nowadays, their are thousands of apps that one could download that would allow them to meet new people or connect with old ones which is truly the appeal of social networks.

The only problem though is that instead of it being originally something one would do in the background while they are doing something else, our culture is engulfed in just being on social media. People have gotten famous off of social media, when the application Vine was first starting to get popular, dozens of people were receiving large sums of money just to be on the app and endorse other products. This fixation on being social online has created a nonsocial environment offline. Now, it seems more common for someone to say “What’s your snapchat?” opposed to how years ago it was “Where do you want to meet?” or “What’s your phone number?”. We use social networks as a substitute for actual social practices thus resulting in people becoming more anti-social. This is because due to the easy access of a camera or smartphone it seems that the somewhat difficult process of talking to another human being have become lost in cyber space.

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Importance of Social Networking

Social Networking today is one of the biggest methods of communication. With sites such as Facebook and Instagram, individuals can catch up with old friends and on some occasions can even make great new friends. However, making friends and connections is not the only use of social networking. In fact, it is utilized in a vast variety of ways that can be considered to be of even more importance.

In this era, if companies do not have some form of a social media account, then they would be considered defunct. Social media offers companies an easy way to market their product and keep in touch with their customers wants and needs. Additionally, social media can be used for social change campaigns. For example, I always see fliers on Facebook and Instagram trying to spur social change.

Overall, my point is that social media can be very easily considered to be on of the most important and significant facet of society today. The amount of things that social media can be used to do are immense and important to human survival.  In conclusion, social media will allow human society to advance further and further into an age with groundbreaking scientific and social advances.

Too much of anything is bad

As the axiom usually goes, too much of anything is not good. Social media and its effects have not been undocumented. From the rise in phones in schools, to more people on phones will driving we can clearly see how social media has taken a toll on us. As a society we try to figure out different ways to connect, re-invent, and socialize, but when does enough become enough. I believe that soon social media will do more harm than good, as more people are inclined to join these new social medias.
For example, the advent of snapchat has led to more people recording the moment rather than actually enjoying it. Often times people are asked to repeat their actions for social media. When did we lose the moments where we can really just connect with the people around us and not involve our phones. It’s important to remember how this one application used to connect people has distanced many.
Lastly, many of these applications have been used for bullying and negative impacts. The important connections are now being severed for the image on social media. People must achieve the highest amount of likes to stay relevant. The whole world of competitive likes, and social status has produced a new generation where filters and comments and captions mean more than the people in the photo.

The Web 2.0 and The Impact on the World and Myself

In 2015, it was recorded that 3.2 billion people are currently using the web. That’s close to 50% of the entire population. In 2006, there were 1 billion people and it’s widely agreed in this year the web transformed into the “web 2.0”. Websites have become more reliable, complex, and social media arrived. Today, we witness 1.7 billion people using Facebook. Google and Wikipedia are typical references of daily information. Personally, I believe the web 2.0 is something extraordinary. Being able to enjoy YouTube, social media, and online games are all pleasures of mine that wouldn’t be possible without the web 2.0 and it’s advancements from the early web. Furthermore, I believe YouTube and social media have had the biggest impact on me.

Aside from google and other search engines alike, YouTube is a fascinating tool that helps me educate myself, entertain myself and communicate with others. It’s capabilities are really groundbreaking. Aside from YouTube, social media keeps me and my peers glued to the web. Facebook allows us all to interact with each other, cherish each other’s photos and it keeps us informed educationally with intellectual articles and videos. Social media has made my life better in a plethora of facets by informing, entertaining me and helping maintain my relationships with other people. Nothing has ever been so in depth like the web 2.0, and I’m thrilled to say I have the privilege of using it.

The New Media Culture of Web 2.0

 

In the 21st century, massive online social networks have sprung up such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and many others. These companies have attracted millions upon millions of users, and so the more and more momentum they gain, the greater they impact our society. These social platforms have great potential: they can communicated masses of information instantly form anywhere in the world. They can enable people to meet who otherwise would have remained strangers forever, and they enable friends to talk all hours of the day.

However these positives come at even greater drawbacks. Due to the great possibles of these services, the world has mutated them into two currency generating devices. In first one, is that social media has enabled companies to gain an all new unprecedented to their consumers lives. Not only do people now view more ads than ever, companies are also able to track their customers online habits and searches, and they use that data to subconsciously entice them into buying more of their products. The second is that the web 2.0 has created something called social currency. In the world of social media, posting on Facebook, tweeting on twitter, uploading a photo on Instagram or video on YouTube, gains the creator social currency. Others are able to like and comment on one users content, and thus people are able to gain renown and in a way, fame. Then they are able to become more popular in their own social circles, at school, work, and abroad.

This is a situation about modern society which affects me because in I find social media to be quite shallow. Lots of people only post things on social media to impress others and make them jealous. They exaggerate and do stupid things just “for the ‘gram”, as in insta-gram. However while social media is shallow and full of mindless noise, it is so hard to function socially in the real world without a social media presence. People without social media accounts are even viewed as weird, and those without accounts miss out on so many interactions that everyone else is having with each other. Thus, it is a system people don’t really have a choice to take part in, including myself.

Why does Web 2.0 matter?

Web 2.0 is something that we are still experiencing the evolution of. The way that the ushering in of Web 2.0 changed our world was unprecedented by all definitions. Web 2.0 allowed for millions of users to create their own content in this new digital frontier. Concepts like social media, crowdsourcing, the collection and analysis of data, and so much more became a possibility with Web 2.0.

One concept regarding Web 2.0 that I found particularly interesting was O’Reilly’s principles of Web 2.0. The idea of this intelligent web being at the center of everything, harnessing and collecting intelligence from us and redistributing it in many different ways. The first was web as a platform. This meant that business could go to the web as a place to do work. The second was the idea that data is the intel inside, this concept meant that we could get large amounts of data from user contribution. The Third was the death of the software release cycle, where software would get annual updates, and what came out of that was the idea of iterative and constantly improving software. The fourth was the idea of light weight programming models that could be implemented over the web, ultimately allowing the use of web apps to catch on. The fifth was the concept of software running above a single device, this would allow companies like Facebook to produce their software on all platforms and devices through the web. And finally, the idea of a graphical interface on the internet, that thanks to advancements in infrastructure and computing power, websites could be much more media rich than before, when text would dominate.

Web 2.0 matters for these reasons and many more that are still being realized to this day.

Network Effects

The essence of Web 2.0 is inversion of control of content production
from large organizations to individuals. With Web 2.0, people can create
content with only a very small initial investment of effort. The
revolution comes in the fact that these small productions are able to
garner real audiences through the web. A television program must have
hundreds of thousands of people viewing it to be profitable. But for a
blogger, or a YouTube video producer, the audience need not be so large
for it to be a worthwhile pursuit. More and more, the media that we
consumed is not produced to be viewed by large audiences, but instead by
small viewerships who are able to feel more connected to their content
creators.

This is valuable because it allows content creators to specialize to a
degree that was impractical before Web 2.0. The sorts of niche content
that might interest a potential audience of only a few thousand or even
a few hundred would be practically unpublishable in the past, to say
nothing of the uber-context-specific content on sites like Facebook.
There are surely downsides to this: the lack of exposure to different
persepectives can create communities who are hostile towards anything
different from their own cultural norms. But compare the development of
the Web to an analogous cultural shift, the invention of the printing
press. Certainly the printing press allowed hateful ideologies to more
easily convince many far and wide of their views. But it also gave rise
to a revolution in science; cells of natural philosophers in different
countries and situations all working on a vast array of issues and
collaborating on understanding their results. At its best, Web 2.0 can
do even better.

The Significance of Web 2.0

Today’s modern world revolves around the Web and the Internet. It is an essential item for every individual to survive in the 21st century. It allows us to do anything we want and more: communicate, entertain, publish, share, and many other actions. For most people, the Internet plays a large role in our daily routine, whether it deals with work, school, or for leisure. With the majority of schools and universities incorporating the Web and the Internet into their studies, the evolution of the Web never ceases to astound people at its significance, compared to what it used to be. Between college and my hobbies, I am constantly associated with the Web and the Internet, and all that it has to offer. It has changed my perspective on how the world functions, and it has impacted my life greatly.

I started using the Web and the Internet on a regular basis towards the end of middle school, when I received my first “smartphone.” I started learning about all of the useful applications that would help me with school and my studies in computer science when I went to high school. As more applications that were designated towards social media and entertainment purposes started to come out, more and more people began to spend more time on the Web and the Internet, myself included. As I got more accustomed to my time on the Internet, I started encouraging my friends and family to start using it, as it was something that had gained popularity. It has always been a major part of my life since I first started using it, and I am positive it is something that will stay important to me for a very long time, until something overtakes the Web — possibly Web 3.0.