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Social Media, A Force for Connection or Not?


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#1    Lilly

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 03:01 PM

I just happened across this: http://startempathy....-and-loneliness

So, what do you think? I tend to see social media as distancing people from putting effort into face to face contact...but it does make it easier to communicate (at least on one level).

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 03:08 PM

But the communication is very shallow and two dimensional. It's worrying that people have nothing better to do with their time and energy than FB and twit.


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Posted 01 May 2014 - 03:53 PM

Its a good thing to think about for sure.

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 04:00 PM

I agree with Border that electronic communication promotes the illusion of intimacy. People, especially youth, may use it to "connect," but all bets are off when the 'off' button is pushed or the power goes out. Interpersonal skills that necessitate face-to-face contact are underused or, worse yet, never developed at all.

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 04:09 PM

You can empathise with a person when you've had a similar experience to what they are having , but you cant possibly be thinking the same thoughts.Empathy can be good when its used wisely, but I think that today people are using the internet to communicate rather than having face to face discussion.Everyone seems to have a cell phone glued to their ear instead of waiting until they actually see the person to have a chat.

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 04:36 PM

It's like I posted back a while ago, that I was bugged with Facebook because half of the kids I went to high school with but didn't know on a personal level, didn't hang out with at all, were asking to be my friend just so they could get there status up

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 04:40 PM

Social media is a tool, neither inherently good nor bad. What's critical, I think, is how it's used.


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Posted 10 May 2014 - 08:17 AM

For friends and family i see in person. We just talk on the cell phone or in person.

For friends I have in other states social media is great!

Overall spending to much time on social networks can make you lose time with your loved ones in person.

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 08:59 AM

For the last year I've been housebound for health reasons, and can do the work my former employer sends me (and generously keeps paying me my salary for) in half an hour.  My family and neighbors visit, but they have their own lives so I have to be careful not to demand too much attention.

That leaves the internet and TV.  Thanks but I'll take the internet.  Still, one can only spend so much time reading the news and interesting articles, and I'm a fast reader.  I suppose I could take up some course of study, and did but finished the courses and didn't learn much I didn't already know.

These web chats sites give me a chance to not just talk to people but to be entertained other ways (such as how off the wall some people are whom I would never meet in my ordinary life).  Besides, I can't argue with friends over politics and religion.  It isn't done in polite circles, but internet is not polite (necessarily -- I try to be).


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Posted 21 May 2014 - 11:58 AM

View PostBeany, on 01 May 2014 - 04:40 PM, said:

Social media is a tool, neither inherently good nor bad. What's critical, I think, is how it's used.

   ^yes.   Any sort of communication can unite or divide.

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 12:06 PM

I strongly doubt these chat sites or the comments we are invited to attach to various stories and articles have much if any effect and are even read my more than a handful of people.

It is probable that some nefarious and some not-so-nefarious groups collect data from them to get an idea of public opinion or whatever, but I doubt they get anything very useful.

Historians years from now may also comb them to get an idea of the culture, and will be similarly mislead.


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Posted 21 May 2014 - 12:59 PM

"Social" media as redefined "social activity" as being something one can engage in while physically isolated from any other human being. In the sense it reinforces the perception of 'person' as the intellectual being, rather than the physical being, it may be seen as being a positive. In the sense that it also reinforces physical isolation and facilitates the development of social anxieties through the person becoming accustomed to physical isolation, it may be seen as being a negative.

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 01:05 PM

View PostLeonardo, on 21 May 2014 - 12:59 PM, said:

"Social" media as redefined "social activity" as being something one can engage in while physically isolated from any other human being. In the sense it reinforces the perception of 'person' as the intellectual being, rather than the physical being, it may be seen as being a positive. In the sense that it also reinforces physical isolation and facilitates the development of social anxieties through the person becoming accustomed to physical isolation, it may be seen as being a negative.
I guess maybe so.


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Posted 22 May 2014 - 02:39 AM

I think Social Media is awesome when it's used properly. I credit Facebook for getting me back out in the world and being social with real people far more than I EVER have. I can be out and about and cast out a WIDE message on Facebook stating I'm near XYZ restaurant and I'm going to have lunch, is anyone in the area interested in meeting me? One post and done, and there's usually a taker or two out there. Previous to social media, I'd have most likely been eating alone.

Then there's the calendar aspect of tools like Facebook as well. I can sign up to receive notifications at places like museums, or parks, or clubs or bars and at any given moment know what's going on that I might be interested in doing, I can share that event and see if any one of my 400 friends (who are really friends) want to go too. With one click of a mouse, it's on my calendar. No fuss, no muss.

Of course, like with all tools, especially tools which rely on social skills, I have seen Facebook go very wrong. Mostly, I ignore that junk. To have a positive experience with a tool like Facebook, you have to use your brain with it.

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 05:32 AM

It's a handier way of getting in contact with people and you get to avoid the annoyance of prolonged conversation and voices. You want someone to stop talking? Log out or block them.

That being said, many people like to misinterpret soulless text and as such, can get all SNIP about it. So make sure to use your emoticons lest you SNIP off their loyal followers on *Twitter*.

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