Category Archives: Social Network

SOCIAL NETWORKS

Social networks have been booming in the past several years. What started as online sites for people to interact and keep in touch with one another has now evolved into even more. Today, you see companies on social network sites trying to advertise their products and expand their brand through it. Companies will even use social networking sites to get a better understanding of you before they even hire you. New stuff is coming out each day on how social networks can be used.

There have been many social networks that have come and gone in recent years, but where one leaves off, another picks up the slack. The most recent one this happened to is MySpace.  MySpace, I would say, was more geared towards younger teens than adults. On there, people could find one another and become friends, add pictures for the public to see, play games, and pretty much tailor your page to your liking and for a short while it was big.

Then Facebook came and just keeps growing and growing.  There was even a movie recently showing how it got started. It kind of replaced MySpace even though it’s  basically the same thing except for having complete control over your page and the way it looks.

And now of course there is Twitter, where we tweet (post) about things and follow other people so we can see what they’re tweeting about.  There is also Instagram, where you just post pictures so people can view them.

When you look at these websites you might think and say, “oh this is pretty cool I can be myself and say whatever and put up whatever,” but you have to be careful still because even though they have positive sides, there are still a lot of negative things that can come from it. A few pros that social networking brings is that allows us to spread information faster than any other type of media, law enforcement agencies use it to catch criminals and we can improve relationships with people and make friends around the world. Some of the cons are that, even though they process information quicker, that information can be misleading or false, they expose privacy, allow for company and government intrusion (be careful what you post) and there is a tendency for people to waste a lot of time on them. If you go to this website you can see more of the list as it goes on:  http://socialnetworking.procon.org/

SOCIAL NETWORK

America is a postmodern society, a technologically sophisticated pluralistic, interconnected, globalized society (Witt122). One of the key elements of a postmodern society is networks. One of the major networks is the social network. A social network is a group or organization that allows people to have a broad outreach of other people, groups, or organizations and indirectly connect with them. “There are over 200 well known social network sites, with over 1.43 billion users. As of February 2013 Facebook is leading and Twitter is a close second for being the biggest social networking sites,” says Christian Arno writer of the article Worldwide Social Media Trends for 2012. The social network is growing three times faster than the overall growth of the internet. To help with better understanding of what social networking is, here a video on social network.

Now that you have seen that short clip on social network I would like to show, how social network affects the norms of our life. A norm is something we do or rules that we just embody as part of everyday life. I believe that the social network has become a norm for many people’s lives today.  Every day, multiple times a day, people are checking their Facebook news feed or reading a status on Twitter. According to the website, Mashable, “In 2006 people on average were spending about 2.7 hours a month on social networking sites. The average time spent now on social networking sites is about 7 hours a month.”. Therefore, I feel like social networking is becoming a norm in the average Americans life.

Many of these social networking sites require you to create a profile, just a few things about yourself. Once you have done this, for example on Facebook you can post a status or comment on a picture someone posted. These profiles allow people to view your values, a collective conception of what is considered good, desirable, or proper to yourself (Witt57).  On Facebook and Twitter, companies have their own page that people go to like or support or read about. A company may post a sale that it is having, and it is for everyone who follows them to see. Furthermore, you can make that page part of your in-group, a group or category to which people feel they belong (Witt108). Your personal in-group pages that you value are seen and can be liked by anybody with the same interests. By having the same interest in something as somebody else does, you two now have a connection through that page, thus making your friends and their friends able to see that page, indirectly connecting everyone in a social network.

 

With social networks being so large, there are good and bad things that come from them. That’s why I believe that their needs to be more social control on social networking sites. Facebook has led to some of the most deviant cases of cyber bullying on the social network. In 2012, I took writing 121, in which I wrote a research paper on cyber bullying. Being the twenty- first century, America is a postmodern society and “90% of teens are online” (Billitteri). Many of these teens are being tormented for what they consider to be the norms of their lives and their values attacked, because the abuser wishes to label them with a stigma, devaluing the person whom they view as different (Witt137).

Social networks have today, in some way, affected everybody  They help us find a job, are a dating service or aid in sharing music illegally. Social networks are growing every day, and growth is healthy for this economy. Growth just means we are moving forward as a society, and social networks are substantial elements for future growth.

Work Cited

Arno, Christian. “Worldwide Social Media Usage Trends in 2012” December 26, 2012 Article February 2013

Billitteri, T.J. “Are Laws Needed to Curb Online Aggression?” Cyberbulling (02 May 2008): 1-36 Article.22 Mar 2012. http://library.cqpress.com/cqresearcher

Mashable, “this is how much time you spend on facbook, twitter, tumblr”. 1-8 Article 11/28/2012 February 2013

Wikipedia. Online encyclopedia/social network/definitions/pictures. February 2013

Witt, John. SOC 2012.1-450 Text Book/ 2012 February 2013

Wikipedia. Online encyclopedia/social network/definitions/pictures. February 2013

Youtube. Videos/ “what is social networking”/ February 2013