These were some crazy statistics. Even though it seems like everyone is connected, it's important for me to remember that there are people who will go hungry, die of war, and won't see the internet because of their government.
Text, text, text, that's all they think about: but are all those hours on the phone and Facebook turning teenagers into screen-enslaved social inadequates?
Teenagers use their cell phones a lot. There is no denying it. What this article argues is that by using cell phones and social networking sites, it is in fact promoting better ways of communicating. By using the Internet, it is adding another form of communication. Adolescence is a time when we are learning how to ‘find our way’ in the world. Social networking allows such a thing by having teens create profiles and link to other teens. The researchers in this article claim that by having this extra form of communication, teenagers still manage to have normal and even better face-to-face communication among each other. By claiming that social networking adds ‘another layer’, this article provides concrete evidence to my argument.
I don't know if I would go that far to save my phone now, but when I was younger, this may have been the case. After growing up a little bit I have outgrown the need to have my phone on me 24 hours a day. That being said, I do feel very lost if I leave my phone at home by accident, and scared if it is about to die. I start to think, "What if I am in an emergency and I'm not able to call anyone!?".
"Communication tools focused on the written word could be leaving younger people adrift when faced with body language."
Through the use of social media, this article claimed that Generation Y is losing their ability to act appropriately in a social, face-to-face setting. The author explained that this generation of digital natives are expressing themselves with smiley faces via text message and Facebook chatting. Since the person they are talking to is in some other location, the digital native is usually slumped and staring at a screen. The author is trying to prove that Generation Y needs to be taking cues from older generations from now on. Since the previous generations did not grow up with texting and the Internet, teens today should be learning how to properly compose themselves when talking to someone face-to-face. I thought this article was interesting because it brought in the perspective of employers and what they see when interviewing and talking to grown students who are trying to assimilate into the ‘adult’ world.
This makes sense to me. I rememeber when i was a teenager and AIM was all the rage. When I liked a boy and was too nervous to talk to him, it was much easier to instant message him. We pride ourselves on being technologically savy, but maybe it will be harming us more than we realize in the long-term.
ACCURACAST - July 1 - Generator Research predict that the total revenue of the global social network market will reach $1.8 billion by the end of the year and that we will see an increase of 38% by 2017.
Katie Maguire's insight:
It's crazy to think about how much Social Networks are worth, since they aren't a concrete object that one could buy. It wasn't until I watched the movie "The Social Network" that I even realized they were making money.
Social networking sites could be harming people's health by reducing levels of face-to-face contact, an expert claims.
Social networking has become the biggest area of growth on the internet. This article explains that teens and people of other ages are spending more time on the Internet’s social networking sites more than interacting with people face-to-face. I find that this article is especially interesting because it is discussing the evolutionary effects the Internet and social networking has on us. Dr. Sigman explains that it is a biological need to interact with another human being. Being with another human has many benefits such as bettering immune systems, releasing certain hormones, and other such responses. Yet, as we spend less and less time with humans, it is inevitable that the evolution of human beings will change over time. We will go from needing constant communication in order to better the human race into creating a population driven by singular, personal needs.
I can relate to this in my life. When I am sick, and can't see my friends or other people I know, I will spend a lot of the day on facebook, and it makes me feel more connected than before, but I still feel a strong desire to interact with people.
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