SOCIAL NETWORKING EXPLORED
WHAT SORT OF IMPACTS DOES NETWORKING HAVE IN STORE FOR US?
Social networking is part of the social media world which has the power to redefine, revolutionize and have a massive impact on the world. Since social networking apps have been introduced to be on phones and other mobile devices, it has been more convenient, of course there are obvious reasons why this is a great tool for us to use, but for the younger generation is it more likely to be more of a distraction or should this be used in schools throughout the world. In my opinion, social networking will continue to grow and grow no matter what. Already it has been a big impact on education. The Horizon reports states, many colleges are beginning to make their own social networking sites specifically for them. Most social networks school related are closed to the public and are secretive only to the school and student body, most of these social networks created are small names, rather than the big names like Facebook and Twitter etc. In a recent study, this year Experian Hitwise has released some new statistics about the use of social networks around us. It is found in the world, not the U.S. but Brazil and Singapore are the leading countries for overall social networking use, while the U.S. is following behind. Hitwise also measured the length of time of the average user’s social network session around the world. Singapore spends around 38 minutes and 46 seconds per session and surprisingly us as Kiwis use 30 minutes and 31 seconds in one session with Australia trailing behind at 26 minutes and 27 seconds. With all these statistics in our heads what are the possible impacts this might lead to in our lives?
Already social networking and the social media has already affected the way we speak and write. They have had an effect on our written communication and oral communication. Email, SMS and types of social networking have already made irreversible changes to we write but that is not to say we write in the “social” way. Those of us who are used to the “old way” are likely to switch back and forth when appropriate.
The social web has changed the written word in a few key ways:
-Writing is now more concise, brief.
When Twitter had first announced of their 140 character limit, most of thought how to conduct something meaningful and significant in 20-35 words. We now realize Twitter was is encouraging and pushing us to get to the main point of what we are trying to say.’
-Use of different spelling and abbreviations
The younger generation are still speaking English but taking a different approach in spelling. Many parents don’t really understand this foreign language when their teenager sends them a text saying “TTYL” or “BRB”. People who are communicating either in SMS or social networks are not certainly spelling them incorrectly. To young teens it is just something instant and like they grew up with being introduced to pop culture is like a reaction more than a response.
Teenagers are often the ones who adapt to the new, trendy, technology savvy lifestyles easiest. Apparently, social sites are having a great impact on their lives but what is worrying parents, relatives or members of the community are the addiction to these sites teens maybe suffering from. Facebook Addiction Disorder or known as FAD is a growing phenomenon or any addiction disorder to these social sites can be deadly and comes with a price. Teens with this disorder feel they “can’t resist” the urge to check their Facebook/ Twitter messages. Hilarie Cash of the restart internet addiction recovery program in Seattle, US, says we get hooked on Facebook because we want reinforcement that we belong and matter to other people. “When you log onto Facebook, you’re hit with an unpredictable reward of wall posts and messages from your friends that release endorphins (opium like chemicals made in the brain. They contribute to a person’s sense of well being) to the brain and gets you hooked,” she says. Staggering facts like 61% of people under 25 have to check in on Facebook at least once a day or 48% of people update Facebook and/or Twitter after they go to bed definitely alerts how addictive social sites can be to anyone, teens especially.
There warning signs of Facebook Addiction or any online addiction is:
-> Loss of sleep (being woken by messages during the night)
-> Feeling anxious when unable to check your Facebook daily
-> Giving up usual or other activities in favour of logging onto Facebook
-> Schoolwork suffering due to too much time spent on Facebook and not enough time on study
à More online Facebook friends than actual friends
-> Neglecting friends and family
-> Lying to your parents/teachers about how much time you spend on Facebook
-> Spending more time on than you intended online
-> Thinking about Facebook all of the time
-> Anxiety or depression
Social Networks are “platforms for self expression”
MySpace is the social networking site where musical artists today are getting their “big break”. These musicians have access to all their fans on the world without having to go on tour or spend money on recording and selling a demo. Musicians can easily post their music, blogs, information about merchandise and upcoming shows. Posting music on networking sties helps make the musician’s music go “viral”. The number of users of MySpace increase by 250,000 daily, which is a promising number of new music enthusiasts. Purevolume and Stolen Mix tape are other websites for independent musicians, easy and efficient ways to share their information and spreading the word about their music. Both of these websites have different tools which can be useful when needed but both have the same intention, to interact and network with the audience about their music.
Music is not the only one in the spotlight in the entertainment industry, MySpace again has young filmmakers to get their independent videos on the internet while allowing feedback and comments from other filmmakers and the audience. Having the opportunity to communicate with other filmmakers can make it easier for the video off and running. Also, most of the movie previews on the television you see give you a MySpace link to that particular movie, an example is www.myspace.com/2012. Having a link to newly released movies gives Internet users access to movie reviews, soundtracks, plot summaries and trailers. YouTube is another big name, it is widely used, popular social networking website where anyone can share videos with public or users. Statistics say ever minute YouTube uploads 24 hours worth of video, and get more than 2 billion views a day.
From amateurs to professional photographers the social networking world opens with wide arms. From Flickr, iStockphoto and Photobucket are platforms which welcome new photos to be uploaded and get the chance to gain yet again feedback and comments is great help to shape the photographer. These photos then can be shared with other social networking site and may become viral as well.
Last but not least are good-old books. A networking website which is full of recommendations for whatever genre of book you are looking for is goodreads. Goodreads allows people to what their friends and fellow readers are reading, keep up with what you already have read, books you would like to read, find book reviews, and make reading “fun again.” Since the eReader became available in early 2007 it was not known very well but recently it became more popular by already passing traditional book sales. It is a tablet which has been introduced in world as an eReader. The consumer can buy virtual books and read from just the tablet with no fuss or hassle. The world is developing rapidly from already replacing books with computers and the with internet being a large resource in our world today, humanity will definitely have a modern and more sophisticated future ahead.
What has changed and had the most impact in the world is definitely communication. The real impacts of the social world I think is much more revealing than before in businesses and personal communication. Somehow, telling the world personal things and exploring other blogs, Facebook and Twitter is socially acceptable in many inner circles. There is no right or wrong answer about how to speak or not. For better or for worse, with live in a world full of communication and we will eventually learn this new language of speaking.