BY: Sarah Rhima
By: Christina Fares
A newly released study by the oldest and most prestigious ethics research entity in the United States, The Ethics Resource Center has reached some interesting conclusions.
Amongst them is that frequent social media users may be less ethical, and that they certainly see more “ethical gray” than traditional American workers.
The difference in attitudes about ethics in the workplace between active social media networkers, and other U.S. workers is appreciable if not alarming.
The Ethics Resource Center’s (ERC) study is the first to make a possible correlation between ethics and social media. One of the most fascinating conclusions made by the ERC is that “active social networkers show a higher tolerance for activities that could be considered unethical.”
Jay Shepard, an author of “Firing at will-a managers job”, says not so fast with the connection of unethical behavior and active social media networking. “The idea that social networkers are more apt to be unethical is absurd,” said Shepard. “In my experience social networkers are more likely to be advanced in terms of relationships and thoughtfulness-not less.”
For purposes of disclosure it should be noted that “active social networkers” as defined in the study were workers that spent 30 percent or more of their work time pursuing social networking, to which Shepard responded, “Seriously, that’s a ridiculously long time, those employees aren’t even working, who cares what they think?”
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Wherever you stand on the question of the connection of ethics and social media, there can be no doubt that workers should be held accountable when necessary concerning the expectations of social media usage in the office.
Soldiers that are 7,000 miles away from home are having less homesickness due to the advent and
proliferation of social media in American society. The use of Twitter, Instagram, messenger services,
email et al., are being used on a regular basis by American Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and
Airmen stationed in the Afghanistan war zone, diplomatic stations, embassies, and even in some
cases the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Steve Turnboo witnessed his little boy take his first steps on Facebook. This is now a common
occurrence for American military personnel due to the mass of social media outlets around the
world. If a satellite signal can reach it, then communication can be sent from that area. Steve
Turnboo didn’t feel like he was half way around the world like servicemen of old, that had to write
a letter, and then wait for six weeks for a reply. Turnboo and his wife, Dawn Turnboo actually
Skyped, Facebooked, and texted almost everyday. Turnboo’s unit had a dedicated satellite that all the
soldiers were attached too, and they all seemed to have pretty good connections regardless of
where they were in Afghanistan. Turnboo even tracked his wife’s progress losing 58 pounds, and
helped her plot the weight loss on Facebook.
There was a time that the Pentagon thought of disallowing the use of social media in war zones but
decided against that course because the use of social media was so good for the morale of the troops.
The use of social media might be curtailed if the Taliban were a little more sophisticated, but
intercepts, and intelligence gathering are not their strengths.
BY: Sarah Rhima
By: Jenna Doran
With social media dominating the airwaves of communication globally, there are those who can keep up and those who cannot. It is very common for my generation (20 somethings) to be fairly skilled with new technologies. Social media jobs have become a new job market and more and more college students are looking towards that career path.
One of the more recent stories about social media failure involves an intern from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Back in early June, tragedy struck when an Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul crash landed in San Francisco. NTSB released the names of the pilots involved including, “Ho Lee Fuk.” Turns out, an intern played a joke and it led to a lawsuit against the NTSB. While the lawsuit was dropped, the Oakland, California station has lost a lot of viewers and respect.
Social media interns need to be paid for their services. Incidents like the one involving the NTSB may have been avoided with something as simple as paying their social media interns. These interns might not have a big job title, but they have power over the Internet. These interns have full control over the web presence and in many cases, deal with big news and radio stations. These positions involve a lot of responsibility and a mature attitude. Social media is 24/7 job and those involved hold a lot of responsibility while becoming the face of their company to existing and potential clients.
Myself, as well as several of my peers from the University of North Texas, will be graduating in the near future. Soon I will be looking for an internship to get some real world experience in the field of Journalism or Marketing. I have had several unpaid internships in social media in the past, and I have learned to not accept anymore unpaid positions. I gained a lot of learning experience and taught myself a lot about social media communication, but I worked a lot harder than what I was, or in this case wasn’t, being paid.
Forget calling and texting to find out what your kids are up to. Facebook,Twitter and other social media are apparently the favorite sources of communication between teens and parents. Is this considered a negative thing? Sources say no. According to article “The Family That Tweets Together Stays Together,” most teens interact with their parents on a daily basis.
The social media interaction has not only made a “connection” over the Internet, but at home too. A study done by researchers at Brigham Young University polled parents to see what their teen’s behavioral patterns were like, and studies showed that they held more of a parent-child connection with them. They also showed that they were less likely to show violent behavior, show signs of depression, and were more likely to show kindness and engage with others. As a family, parents could see what their children are up to, where they are, and who they hang out with. As much as some teenagers would feel that their privacy would be violated, I think being open on social media is a great idea and would cause less stress on the parents about their kid’s whereabouts.
So really it’s not just “The family that prays together stays together” but the family that interacts over social media that makes the better connection.