The Social Web
INF 103 Computer Literacy
The Social Web has become successful in its efforts on connecting people from all around the world. “The Social Web is a set of social relations that link people through the World Wide Web. It encompasses how websites and software are designed and developed in order to support and foster social interaction. These online social interactions form the basis of much online activity including online shopping, education, gaming and social networking websites” (4). However, these interactions within the Social Web and its success are drastically overshadowed by an abundance of negativity. The Social Web has ...view middle of the document...
Then there are the times where I’m actually interacting with my friends via messaging, emailing, instant messaging, or wall posting. I’ve attempted to limit my usage, but my efforts only resulted in spending more time on the sites. I went a whole week without being on Facebook. I didn’t log on to check a status, respond to a message, literally anything involving the site. It was so hard and such a battle in my mind, that I don’t ever want to have to go through it again. I survived, but nowadays, I do not go one single day without checking my page. I’m personally attesting that the Social Web has created a new genre of addiction. It’s nothing that I can control and I know I’m not setting a good example because of this. My children even notice my addiction, and every time I am on my phone, my oldest son will say, “Mom you’re on Facebook aren’t you?”
I know that I am not the only one struggling with this addiction, and having to start my day out on one of the many interactions of the Social Web. “Half of social media users are so involved with Facebook and Twitter that they check the sites first thing in the morning — 16% say this is how they get their morning “news”. More evidence that social media can be habit-forming: 56% of social media users say they need to check Facebook at least once a day, and 12% check in every couple of hours just to see what’s happening. (1).
Another negative attribute of the Social Web is the increase in bullying. The Social Web has also caused an increase in bullying, particularly cyber-bulling. 88% of teenagers claim that they have witnessed people being mean and cruel on the social web, and 15% of teenagers claim that they have been the target of bad behavior on social media sites (3). The reason behind this is simple; the Social Web has made it easier to spread rumors and slander amongst peers. It is not cool at all to be a participant of this. People have committed suicide behind this. The death of Megan Meier is a testimony to this. She committed suicide by hanging three weeks before her fourteenth birthday. After an investigation into her death was prompted, it was discovered that the matter of her suicide was attributed to cyber-bullying through the social networking website MySpace (3). What about fifteen year old Phoebe Prince? She hung herself, after nearly three months of routine torment by students at South Hadley High School via text message, and through the social networking site, Facebook (2). Young lives at that are being lost behind the Social Web.
One thing I’ve learned behind the cyber-bullying that is occurring, is that people will talk about you. We can’t stop people from talking about us, but we can stop how they talk about us. The slander that occurs on these sites should be grounds for prosecution. People will even talk about you for no reason. I have a friend that was hurt behind this. She and her ex-boyfriend were talking bad about each other on Facebook and saying...