First Post: The things Social Media Can Do To People

Published September 25, 2013 by jewing27

computer-clipart[1] My meaning of Social Media is a website that connects with people over multiple networks. There are plenty of networks out there, such as: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. Facebook is the world’s most popular social networking website, Twitter is a self posting status updates, Tumblr is a well-known blog and Instagram is people sharing photos and videos. All of these websites are all well –known and are growing higher and higher to our social life as of today.

I read an article named “what’s wrong with the modern world” by Jonathan Franzen and he has lots of pros and cons about what social media is doing to our world. One of my cons about his article is that he didn’t really relate to a certain age and the location (where) social media was hitting the most. I am arguing about this because not everyone has a Facebook, Twitter, etc, or even internet. Also, my grandma doesn’t have any accounts related to social media besides e-mail, so Jonathan is a little wrong about that fact. My positive agreement about his article is that I do think social media is sort of ruining our social lives and behavioral issues. Jonathan has great points and views about how he feels, but as again I feel like he over-reacting.

Did you know that Social Media is ruining our lives slowly? Do you agree with this question? I went researching and I found an article that social media can slowly ruin our behavior towards life. The article is called “Is Social media ruining your life?” by Ernest Ward Jr. DVM. This man is my hero, I say this because he actually set rules to his social networking to regular lifestyle. For example, he doesn’t go on Facebook, Twitter, or even texting after 9pm because that’s how he was raised and he doesn’t want to get attached to a computer screen or a phone screen. He actually enjoys talking with friends person to person and doing fun activities instead of reading screens all day about your friends. One thing that he enjoys is eating dinner with his family and not taking out their phones during a meal time. I agree with him because people don’t need to be on phones and networking every minute of their lives. You were born to do things without the computer, and everyone has talents and do it.  

In the world of today, there are people who are addicted to social networking, such as Facebook. I read an article named, Twitter and Facebook ‘addicts’ suffer withdrawal symptoms by Mathew Sparkes. This article is about students doing a study on people being addicted to Twitter and Facebook and then they were asked to stop using the network for four weeks.There is a really good expression about people being addicted to social media and it is called “Cut off from the world” and that means you are isolated from friends and family. There were studies that there was a girl who didn’t even communicate to her family all week because her social media was way more important than spending time with her family. I think that is really sad because you need to get off social media and live your regular life as well. Social media isn’t everything and it can’t do lifestyle things. There was a woman in Germany that didn’t go on Facebook for a week, and she was catching up with her chores, homework, spending time with her daughter and her husband. I think addicts shouldn’t have children or family because it seems that they will forget about their family and this could be some child harassment. I like this study, and I think there should be more out there and help people who are addicts to social media. WE need to learn to live regugarly and not be mesmerized by a technology that can be in our pockets, or two feet away from us. Our world with technology is getting bigger, and so will social media, we need to fix these problems before social media hurts us.

1. http://bnadyn.hubpages.com/hub/Our-Lives-With-Cell-Phones-Pros-and-Cons

hubpages.com: technology. (2012) all rights reserved

2. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/sep/13/jonathan-franzen-wrong-modern-world

“Jonathan Franzen: what’s wrong with the modern world” by Jonathan Franzen , the guardian, ( September Friday 13th, 2013) all rights reserved.

3. http://veterinarybusiness.dvm360.com/vetec/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=822032

“Is social Media ruining your life?” Ernest Ward Jr. DVM : veterinary business.dvm360.com (September 4, 2014) all rights reserved

4. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/social-media/9986950/Twitter-and-Facebook-addicts-suffer-withdrawal-symptoms.html

“Twitter and Facebook ‘addicts’ suffer withdrawal symptoms” by Mathew Sparkes : www.telegraph.com ( april 11, 2013) copyright of telegraph media group limited 2013

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2 comments on “First Post: The things Social Media Can Do To People

  • I agree with the fact that you said social media should not be ruining our lives. I believe that people who are “addicted” to Facebook or Twitter should stop using those sites altogether because if you are neglecting your family over a social media website then you have a serious problem. Not having a real social life is bad for your health because you don’t have interpersonal relationships which makes for a well-rounded individual. I also agree with the fact that Franzen should have been a little bit more specific because I have friends my age (and younger) who does not have Facebook accounts and never had Facebook accounts.

  • It is crazy that someone would care about their social media site more than their own family. That is when you have to sit down and have a talk with your kid because they care about their online identity more than real life one. You should be able to balance out your social media use and be able to interact more in reality

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