Positives vs Negatives

I think it’s safe to say that in today’s world, it is heavily influenced by how we are perceived by our, friends, family, and people we don’t even know from atom; online. The number of likes that we get on a status or picture, of how many times someone views a video we share or post, for a lot of people often times will determine their personal self-worth to themselves given that we live in such a digital age. One of the biggest downfalls to this methodology we have created is the lacking of “face-to-face” communication as well as the act of being connected on a personal level, instead of on a cellphone or through a social media account. Through the social media accounts and text messages we send to each other, I believe that we lose out on one of the biggest things that makes us human and that is plain old human interaction and face-to-face contact. This not only I think takes away from the human experience, but also doesn’t allow people to develop the crucial communication skills that is not only necessary for us, but it is also a skill that future employers look at heavily when going through the hiring process. With all this being said, I do think that despite the negatives I have proposed, there are also some positives. Some of the positives being always staying connected as well as always being staying connected to people that you normally would not stay in-touch with. Social media allows us to always be up to date in regards of what people are doing that we are close with, and also, always staying a part of the group. If you decided to stay in one night then and your best friends went out, chances are if you tuned into snapchat you would be able to follow the whole night, which I think in a lot of ways is extremely positive. Here is a link to see the effects of being on our phones too much as social media, just click here.




Interconnectivity of People

In another blog I wrote a couple years ago in highschool, I proposed the question, Are we as a people more social today than ever before, or is it the total opposite? In our day in age, people cannot go 5 minutes without having there phone out to check social media, text messages, emails, etc. Technologies like these I think help everyday life move in a much quicker direction, but I think we fail as a people to use our “off” switch. Having the personal people to people moments are what human beings thrive on, human interaction. The overwhelming aspect of our technology can affect everyone at some point in their day. I know for me personally, it is very difficult to have my phone on me every second of every day. At some point for me, it puts my in this crazy mentality that I am constantly behind on something and am always playing some sort of game like “catch-up”. A lot of my friends that I sort of observed during the weekend and people that I would pay attention to in passing, seemed to be glued to their phones. This type of feeling that you cannot live without something gets back to initial question of “Are we as a people more social today than ever before, or is it the total opposite?” I think this is a legitimate question that I think could be very useful over a discussion with the class. On one hand we are so social all the time, but in contrast, we aren’t social at all(as a total population I think) in the matter of face to face connectivity. Immersion into another person instead of an IIMG_2295.jpgnstagram account. The “JOMO” (Joy of Missing Out) that was on our class blog 2 page, is awesome and is a really cool concept that I’m sure a lot of people and families buy into to try and regain that interconnectivity with people and that person to person interaction that I feel has left us in way now that we are so technology driven. Here is a really cool article I found that kind of backs up what I’m am saying.

First Impression…

This is my second class with Carol and I can not be more thrilled! To start off, I am taking this course because it is a requirement for my Journalism major and the Journalism track. The class I had last semester with Carol was a social media course in which I learned a lot about the use of social media and how to effectively strategize it to benefit you personally, as well as in the workplace. Anyways, my experience with social media and media in general I like to think is more advanced than the average bear. I use Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat which I feel like is pretty standard. I am an athlete so I try to use it sort of as self-promotion and to create my own “personal brand”. I wouldn’t say that I am glued to my screen, but I feel as if I am on my phone as much as anyone else. I do love technology but I’m also into either reading a good book or having good conversations. I’m a sucker for a good story and a good conversation over almost anything. When it comes to news media, fake media outlets online is probably what frustrates me most and honestly I do not see it going away anytime soon. I think media and journalists who tell the truthful story as well as not carry along their own opinions to influence the truth is good reporting and good media to me. I think that social media can cure this “flow” of “bad news” but I could also see it making the big problem that we already have much worse given the raise of social media users everyday. Honestly, I do not have any experience on the programming side of things. Social media and media in general does a fantastic job of keeping our world so connected and so small. Keeping in touch with people across the world is as easy as a click of a button. Being connected is a very beautiful thing. Another huge plus is being kept informed. Knowledge is always power.