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Look Up - YouTube

'Look Up' - A spoken word film for an online generation. Subscribe for more videos: http://bit.ly/Subscribe_to_Gary_Turk 'Look Up' is a lesson taught to us t...
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This video has a powerful message of looking up from your phone, computer, or other devices and being present in the world around you. Though I found this piece to extremely moving, with many amazing valid points, it is ironic that it’s displayed on a social media network. But why wouldn’t it be, it is the easiest and fastest way to get a message across in todays day and age. The irony of the video proves its point with 44 million people viewing the video, which just further instills the problem that the video is trying to address. Social media is not exactly the enemy, it is the people who chose to abuse it and let it consume their everyday lives. One interesting thing that was mentioned in the video was when he stated, “I have 422 friends yet I’m lonely.” That is precisely the problem, people consume their lives with gaining lots of friends, but how many of those people do you actually know or talk too. Social media is a false community that makes people feel for a short while that they’re being social, until one day they realize they are actually all alone. 

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So Many Screens, So Little Time

So Many Screens, So Little Time | The Impact of Social Media | Scoop.it
It's important to accept the reality that a multi-screen, multi-task world probably means changes in education, the workplace and perhaps even in childhood and parenting....
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“Today's new media platforms make multiple media use easier, faster and no doubt, all the more prevalent in todays society” according to Julie Dobrow. Media multi-tasking involves using TV, Internet, radio, phone, or any other media in conjunction with one another. It is thought that people who media multi-task work less productively and to be somewhat less able to integrate and apply new information in different contexts. With the overwhelming amount of media thrown at us everyday it is no surprise that many people use multiple mediums at a time. I personally catch myself doing this and I agree that it makes me less productive when I do so. But I feel as though we are expected to be able to juggle multiple forms of media at a time. At a job you could be on the phone, while having to be on the computer and so on and so forth. Multi-tasking is apart of everyone’s day it just seems nature to be able to multi-task with different media platforms as well. Research shows that it could be affecting us cognitively, but I do not think there is anyway to get around multi-tasking. Americans today are so busy with life that we try to squeeze everything in we can in order to save time. Do I think media multi-tasking can be negative? I do to a certain degree, it has been said that we as human beings think we can multi-task, but in reality we are far from doing so. So if we cant actually multi-task efficiently then there really is no point to multi-tasking. Even though media multi-tasking for sure has some negative downfalls, I cant see it going anywhere anytime soon, especially not with the ever evolving Internet.

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Global Data Summary

Global Data Summary | The Impact of Social Media | Scoop.it
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It is just extremely interesting to look at these numbers and think about how far we have come in only a matter of years. The sheer about of people who have mobile device is insane to me, but makes perfect sense. This just further proves the grand amount of media people must consume with 1,856,680,860 people active on social media. This just shows the immense power of social media and the sheer quantity of people on it.

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The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Families

The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Families | The Impact of Social Media | Scoop.it
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      Children and teens in our current society have grown up with social media and view it as a norm of everyday life. They’ve never known a world without social media and probably never will. There lives revolve around how many likes they get and how many online friends they have. They do not know how to live in a world without checking their Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram everyday. Though many adults are like this today as well, at least we have had a taste of life without social media or the Internet and we recognize there is a difference.

      There is a new phenomenon called Facebook depression that is defined as a depression that develops when preteens or teens spend a great deal of time on social media sites and then begin to display signs of depression. The impact of social networks is far greater then some realize. When people spend an enormous amount of time online there reality gets distorted and can lead to an negative outcome, such as depression. The more and more time people are spending on social networks is becoming a concerning issue. Teens do not get the same socialization as they would going out with friends vs. hanging out online. If the use of social media keeps increasing like it predicted too, I feel like there might be some detrimental social costs for our teens who are becoming adults. Socialization is a big part of growing up and if you’re constantly online then you are missing out on crucial learning experiences. This could become detrimental for them once in college or with trying to find a job. There is a delicate balance of use when it comes to social media and right now I think that that balance is off.

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Online time now exceeds offline media consumption globally - GlobalWebIndex | Analyst View Blog

Online time now exceeds offline media consumption globally - GlobalWebIndex | Analyst View Blog | The Impact of Social Media | Scoop.it
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Not surprisingly we spend more time with online media then we do with traditional media. Traditional media is slowing being phased out and being placed by their electronic equivalence. What does this say about our society? Well we are just adapting to the times and using what is readily available to us. It makes sense that we do everything online now, its so much more accessible than traditional media such as the newspaper. But are we loosing the quality of media by obtaining it mainly through online sources? I am not really sure but I do not believe so. The major problem with online media though is that you need to make sure what you are consuming is accurate. That might entail going to several different sites before you find one that has the quality of information that you are looking for. So are you really saving time by using the Internet? I honestly do not believe so, because the Internet is full of so much information it is hard weed through the overwhelming abundance of information, to find exactly what you are looking for. Another downfall is it is easy to get distracted by everything else on the different while on the search for the specific topic you are interested in. Obviously there are positives to the Internet, like having all of that information right at your fingertips. But I think that traditional media needs to be appreciated as well because in reality that was the norm for decades and it got the job done. 

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Media Consumption: How Much Is Too Much? - YouTube

DNews Audience Survey http://dne.ws/1dLMDtq Today, we've got more than just TV to watch. Our phones, tablets, computers all supply a seemingly endless amount...
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When comparing myself to the average American that consumes 13.5 hours of digital media a day, I thought to myself there is no way I do that. But when I actually tried to calculate a rough number of how much time I spend glued to my T.V, computer, or phone a day, 13.5 hours actually wasn't far off. With the Internet being the fastest form of growing media today I can completely understand why this number is growing daily. According to the video only 5 years ago we were consuming only 11 hours of media per day, though 13.5 hours in 2013 doesn't seem that much more it really is if you think about it! That is 2.5 hours more you are spending consuming media a day, rather than perhaps doing something more productive with your time. Since the Internet was introduced to the world it has grown immensely and has changed our lives unlike another media source. It is scary to think that there are 24 hours in a day, 8 of which we are sleeping for and we spend 13.5 hours a day attached to some sort of device. There have been so many great things that have come from the introduction of the Internet and other mass media inventions but there comes a point where you have to detach your self from that life and take a look at the world around you.

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Social Media and News Consumption

Social Media and News Consumption | The Impact of Social Media | Scoop.it

The study explored how the popularity of social media and other user generated content venues have impacted the way in which news is consumed and distributed. The study examined the way in which individuals use social media to share and consume news stories and if they feel more informed as a result. The study was conducted using an online survey. 

 

Jonna Howe

http://search.proquest.com.gate.lib.buffalo.edu/docview/920121262?pq-origsite=summon

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News consumption has become a social act with the introduction of social media. Individuals now receive their news through friends and family by viewing posts that were shared or liked. Social media allows individuals to easily take part in discussions with friends, family, and larger networks. Never before have you been able to be such an active participant in the news. One main issue with this is that mainstream news could become fragmented because issues that draw people in on social media are far different then traditional news outlets. I think people trust people they know more for the news then any other outlet, so that might be a reason social media news has increased so much. I do however believe that this could lead to false information and gossip floating around rather than the actual facts. With our media slowly combining into one entity it is no wonder that the news is now online and on social media. The growth of social media has changed so many aspects of our everyday lives that it is hard to imagine living without it. People feel attached to their lives on social networks and they become reality for a lot of people. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Only time can tell, but I think eventually the extreme use of social media networks will catch up too us in some way shape or form.

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Look Up - YouTube

'Look Up' - A spoken word film for an online generation. Subscribe for more videos: http://bit.ly/Subscribe_to_Gary_Turk 'Look Up' is a lesson taught to us t...
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This video has a powerful message of looking up from your phone, computer, or other devices and being present in the world around you. Though I found this piece to extremely moving, with many amazing valid points, it is ironic that it’s displayed on a social media network. But why wouldn’t it be, it is the easiest and fastest way to get a message across in todays day and age. The irony of the video proves its point with 44 million people viewing the video, which just further instills the problem that the video is trying to address. Social media is not exactly the enemy, it is the people who chose to abuse it and let it consume their everyday lives. One interesting thing that was mentioned in the video was when he stated, “I have 422 friends yet I’m lonely.” That is precisely the problem, people consume their lives with gaining lots of friends, but how many of those people do you actually know or talk too. Social media is a false community that makes people feel for a short while that they’re being social, until one day they realize they are actually all alone. 

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TVTechnology: Social media has growing effect on TV consumption

TVTechnology: Social media has growing effect on TV consumption | The Impact of Social Media | Scoop.it
TVTechnology The Ericsson TV & Video Consumer Trend Report 2011 finds people are spending less time watching scheduled broadcast TV but are willing to pay for fresh content.
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Twitter Song by Ingrid Michaelson - YouTube

Twitter Song by Ingrid Michaelson - YouTube | The Impact of Social Media | Scoop.it
A song about every single life who loves Twitter!
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This song depicts what a lot of people feel like when they use social media. People treat it like a reality, but in reality most of your friends on Twitter or Facebook you have no idea who they are. We fill a void in our life called loneliness with fake friends to make us feel adequate in our society. 

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Media-Use-Over-Time

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From looking at the chart it is easy to see that media use over time has grown at a rapid rate since 1999. But why all of a sudden did the consumption of media start rising? In my opinion the invention of the Internet but especially Facebook sparked the rise of our media consumption. I believe Facebook is one of the key components that set off our over consumption of media unlike anything before. According to the chart in 1999 computer use was only 27 minutes per day, which seems crazy to think that people only used their computers for that short of time per day. But fast forward 5 years to 2004 people are starting to use their computers for a little over an hour per day. So what might have changed between 1999 and 2004 you may ask? Well Facebook was invented in 2004. Though Facebook wasn’t extremely well known in 2004 by 2009 it was a well-known entity on the Internet with over 300 million users. Never before had we had the ability to actually participate hands on with our media consumption adding in our own thoughts and concerns. Facebook opened the door to a whole new way of using the Internet. It transformed it from a bystander sport to a fully hands on experience that people felt like they personally could participate in. Yeah, there were blogs and Wikipedia was created before 2004, but for most people those could seem intimidating and not as user friendly as a social media network. Facebook made even the most Internet literate person a chance to use and participate in the Internet. So what this boils down too is that the invention of these easily accessible and understandable social networks on the Internet really jump started our incredible consumption of media today.

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