How Social Media Impacts Globalization

By Catalina Uriarte

Humans have always had a need to communicate information with one another.

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What begun as smoke signals and carrier pigeons moved to the printing press and typewriters. From telephones and newspapers, to the cell phone and social media. With each more developed way of communicating grew the distance and number of people able to be reached. Today, social media connects the world with over 2.8 billion active users and with more than half the world’s population now using the internet that number will only continue to grow.

Last year social media users grew by 21%. Because the internet is becoming more readily available across the nation’s social media allows for the integration of cultures and globalization. It is now easier than ever to access someone from across the world, it is done so almost instantaneously. The world, in a sense, is becoming smaller. So is this social media culture mesh good or bad?

“The more social media we have, the more we think we’re connecting, yet we are really disconnecting from each other.” — JR

While our world is becoming “smaller” through social media some would argue in terms of personal relationships social media is making the world “bigger”. With billions online it is easy to hide behind a screen. How many of the people who follow you do you actually know? In addition to this highlight reel we create for ourselves we cultivate an environment where we behave bolder than we otherwise would. This is apparent through cyber bullying and aggressive comments and post. People are so quick to hate on others behind a screen when the real life repercussions seem out of the loop.

On the other hand the globalization of social media serves as a good thing. Though connection and outreach it is now easier than ever to organize people groups with common interest. Social media allows for a rise in activism. It also allows people to unite with one voice. Want to know how the public truly feels? Just look on social media. From activism to online public outcry social media allows everyone to have a voice. It also unites us with those closest. Thanks to individual pages it’s easy to stay in touch with those close. As families and friends move further away social media allows people to feel active in the lives of those closest.

While social media may allow for a personal disconnect it also allows for a global connect. Similar to anything you say or do whether the globalization of social media serves as a good or bad thing is up to each individual behind the screen.

References:

Caltabiano, A. (2017, January 30). The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly of Social Media. Retrieved April 30, 2017, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-good-the-bad-the-ugly-of-social-media_us_588f988ae4b04c35d5835005

Kemp, S. (2017, January 24). Digital in 2017: Global Overview. Retrieved April 30, 2017, from https://wearesocial.com/blog/2017/01/digital-in-2017-global-overview

Norbu, U. (2015, March 8). Disconnecting by ‘Connecting’: The Problem with Social Media. Retrieved April 30, 2017, from https://medium.com/@ugen_norbu/disconnecting-by-connecting-the-problem-with-social-networking-c3da70997dde

 

Social Media Bullying

In almost every household and schools, kids have access to technology. Technology benefits the teacher and helps the kids learn however, it can also be very dangerous if used inappropriately. The Internet can lead to bullying and additional issues, so it is very important for parents or whoever is teaching kids how to use technology to understand how young adults are using it. Also, to practice safe use.

Per a research done by Pew Research Center, roughly “92 percent of American teens go online every day.” Social Media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc., are used by teenagers daily. Nothing wrong with communicating with your friends and posting pictures of your day.  The issue arises when the messages or post are inappropriate. This is called, cyber bullying which is the act of harassing someone online via messages, usually anonymously. Bullying can include the following:

  • Negative comments/ pictures.
  • Abusive posts on another people’s wall.
  • Video/ pictures making fun of another person.
  • Stalking someone or
  • Hacking accounts

There are many different kind of bullying through social media. You must be careful with what you are posting especially when anything today can go viral in seconds. Therefore, it is so important to properly educate kids about the Internet.

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Per Cyberbullying Hotline, “20 percentage of kids cyberbullied think about suicide, 1 in 10 attempt it (4,500 kids commit suicide each year).”  This is CRAZY! These kids have their whole lives ahead of them and at such a young age they are dealing with bullying from their peers.

A 9th grade girl committed suicide due to bullying this past weekend. The victim had received messages from a fellow student that read along the lines of “no one care about you.” A sentence as careless is that one is bullying and can be very hurtful to someone.

Social media is everywhere. We are ALL apart of it one way or another. Double check what you are posting, who it is going to, and the consequences that can occur do to it. If you are second guessing, do not post or send the message.

STOP CYBERBULLYING. STOP HARASSING. STOP THE RUMORS.

http://www.cyberbullyhotline.com/07-10-12-scourge.html

http://6abc.com/news/cyber-bullying-may-be-to-blame-for-teens-death-in-montco/1847845/ 

https://nobullying.com/social-media-bullying-has-become-a-serious-problem/

Let’s Chat: Cyber Bullying/Harassment on Social Media

By Alexis Long

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What is it about social media that makes people want to harass and bully people? Is it the fact that they can hide behind their screen and not face any repercussions? For the person being bullied/harassed, is it really as simple as just ignoring it and getting off the website?

Cyber bulling isn’t a new thing.  “Then why are you talking about it, Alexis?” Because over the weekend, Allie Rose-Marie Leost, a female animator at EA, received tons of backlash over Mass Effect: Andromeda‘s flawed facial models.

It began with a post by gaming blogger Ethan Ralph (The Ralph Retort). Angry ME:A fans pointed fingers at Leost, alleging that she was the primary reason behind the flawed facial models in the game. Ralph, as well as many others, suggested that Leost earned her position by doing sexual favors, according to a Kotaku article.

Yeah, the facial models look kiiiind of bad, but can you really blame one particular person? Leost served as one of many facial animators. I understand that people will complain if something is done poorly (obviously), but even if she was the sole person who worked on every face in the entire game, this was signed off on by higher management.

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Although Loust was not physically hurt by the harassment, a lot of cyber bulling cases end in the loss of a life. At the end of spring break, many members of the La Marque community rallied at the high school’s Etheredge Stadium, hoping to raise awareness about the dangers of cyber bulling. Raul Vela, who helped plan the event, lost his 18-year-old daughter, Brandy, from an apparent suicide in November 2016. Shanda Lundy lost her 15-year-old daughter, Bailie, earlier this year. According to an article by KHOU’s Brandi Smith, “Senate Bill 179 and House Bill 306 are under consideration. Called ‘David’s Law,’ the bills would offer protection for cyberbullying victims and make cyberbullying a misdemeanor crime.”

I always hear people say, “Well, just get off the internet and ignore it.” One of the issues with cyber bullying is that it can start online, but lead into real life actions. A lot of situations does end up staying online. Some choose to ignore it and just move on, but others can be really fed up with it and decide to fight fire with fire, by choosing to meet with the person in real life. Of course, you can talk it through (after all, if the cyber bully is meeting you in person, they may not say too much since they don’t have their screen/anonymous persona to keep them protected), but you never really know what to expect. This could just make the situation worse.

Yeah, being on the internet does mean that we should develop a bit of a thick skin, but it is okay to be hurt sometimes. HelpGuide.org provides some pretty good tips like, “save the evidence of the cyberbullying, reporting threats of harm and inappropriate sexual messages to the police, preventing communication from the cyberbully by blocking their email address, cell phone number, and deleting them from social media contacts.”

Don’t be afraid to report the account. The harasser may be violating the website’s terms of service or, may even warrant criminal charges depending on your location.

“What if they create a new account?”

I say keep reporting every bullying incident until it stops. There is no reason for anyone to ever put up with cyberbullying.

References:

Gach, E. (2017, March 19). Scumbags Harass Woman for Working on Mass Effect: Andromeda’s Animations. Retrieved March 19, 2017, from https://www.kotaku.com.au/2017/03/scumbags-harass-woman-for-working-on-mass-effect-andromedas-animations/

Smith. B. (2017, March 18). Cyberbullying Victims’ Families Rally for Awareness, Legislative Changes. Retrieved March 19, 2017, from http://www.khou.com/news/local/cyberbullying-victims-families-rally-for-awareness-legislative-changes/423635373

Adolescents and Social Media: Growing Up Behind the Screens

By Rebecca Taylor

Today’s parents have a unique problem when it comes to parenting their children. In some cases, parenting is much easier. A whiny kid is easily pacified with an Ipad, and teens are staying in to be online instead of sneaking out. But the screen-time consumed by adolescents is starting to become excessive and dangerous, and they’re compromising their safety.

22% of teens use social media 10 times a day. In these developmental years, that’s a lot of time being spent behind their tech instead of being out in the world, experiencing life. Humans are incredibly attuned to social interactions, and teens are being deprived of those interactions.

 

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When a teenager receives a like on a photo on Instagram, for example, the part of their brain that reacts to seeing a loved one lights up in the same sense. Social media is making adolescents dependent on validation. Research shows that “reward circuitry is thought to be particularly sensitive in adolescence,” which shows why teens use social media so much.

Another negative aspect of adolescents on social media is the unfortunate trend in cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is often manifested through harmful and harassing messages, and can include stalking or stealing sensitive information. 1 out of 3 kids has been sent a cyber threat, and half of them don’t tell their parents that the bullying is taking place. Sometimes it’s not even kids who are the bullies, occasionally it’s the parents. While there isn’t any concrete number on how many kids commit suicide over bullying every year, 20% of bullied kids consider suicide. That’s an awfully high number when it comes to harassing messages on a screen.

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There’s also a phenomenon called “Facebook depression” where adolescents spend a significant amount of time on social media, like Facebook, then exhibit common depressive symptoms. They develop a reliance, then when they are separated they show signs of separation anxiety.

Of course there is some good from social media; it aides in social interaction. However, there is such a thing as being too young, and I think parents need to assess how much screen time their kids are getting.

Rachel Ehmke is a senior editor at the Child Mind Institute. “How Using Social Media Affects Teenagers.” Child Mind Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2017.

“How does social media affect your brain.” CNN. Cable News Network, n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2017.

O’Keeffe, Gwenn Schurgin, Kathleen Clarke-Pearson, and Council On Communications and Media. “The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Families.” Pediatrics. American Academy of Pediatrics, 01 Apr. 2011. Web. 05 Mar. 2017.

 

 

Social Media- A “Toxic Mirror”

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By: Shanie Glasgow

With almost all teens owning devices that allow them to connect to the internet, cyberbullying is something that happens more often now. When i was growing up, i remember having to sit down on the computer and login into my aol chat to talk with my friends, or any kind of chat really. We could text our friends on our flip phones, but mom only allowed me to have so many texts a month. It’s hard to imagine a time when i didn’t have unlimited data on my phone!

Anyways, social media platforms are all ways for teens compare themselves to others. Studies have shown that girls tend to report eating disorders and body image disturbances more than boys! Click here to read more on the studies!

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The internet has become an outlet where teens can photoshop their pictures to do a number things! Like smoothing out wrinkles or blemishes, thinning out your face or other parts of your body, etc. This all happens more often now because teens feel like they have to compete with each other to be the prettiest or best at something. I know many girls who will delete something they have posted on Instagram or Facebook because it “didn’t get enough likes” or because somebody else made a comment on it that they didn’t like. We shouldn’t care about the opinions of other people. We should only care about ourselves and being happy with who we are!

The type of models that females look up to or aspire to be like are usually around 5’11 and 125 pounds. Why is it that we see skinny as beautiful? I personally feel that everyone should be proud of who they are and only alter their body if it’s something they truly want! It’s scary how social media convinces teens that if you don’t look like this, you aren’t beautiful.

Sources:

Vries, Dian A. De, Jochen Peter, Hanneke De Graaf, and Peter Nikken. “Adolescents’ Social Network Site Use, Peer Appearance-Related Feedback, and Body Dissatisfaction: Testing a Mediation Model.” SpringerLink. Springer US, 19 Mar. 2015. Web. 26 Feb. 2017.

“How Social Media Is a Toxic Mirror.” Time. Time, n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2017./.latest_citation_text

“How Social Media Affects Body Image.” The Crimson White. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2017./.latest_citation_text

“The Impact of Social Media on Body Image.” UConn Today. N.p., 14 Dec. 2015. Web. 26 Feb. 2017.

Why Trolls Are Jokes

A Blog by Taylor Green

From the Wednesday Class of 6:30

         

Let’s all be honest: we have all come to encounter internet trolls at least once in our social media – or internet for that matter – career. For those who are not sure of what these types of trolls are, they are internet/social media users that go online to purposely start arguments, harass other users, and just flat out try to find anyway to upset people on the worldwide web. However, these three simple statements regarding these problematic individuals should define why you should accept them for what they are: a grain of salt.

  1. Internet Trolls love hiding behind keyboards.

Whenever someone trolls someone else on the internet, they normally do this to strike a nerve with the hopes of there not being any type of consequence that may come after. Clearly, this displays a sign of cowardly behavior, which let’s be honest, nobody wants to come off as that. The easiest solution to getting around this type of tactic is simply just pressing the block button on that user.

  1. Internet Trolls never make sense.

Have you ever had an argument or conversation with someone and everything they said just made you wonder what was going on in their head? Well, trolls tend to speak nonsense when they attempt to troll others just by the simple fact that they have little to no knowledge on what they are talking about. Honestly, the best thing to do when you encounter this is just to laugh, because who wouldn’t like a good chuckle every now and then?

  1. Internet Trolls have nothing else better to do with their life.

Just to face the facts, trolls tend to strike at times that are the most convenient for them…. which happens to be all day. In this case, there’s only one thing to do: build yourself up and ignore their comments. Clearly, they don’t want to progress themselves and find joy in bringing others down to their miserable level.

To sum this post up, trolls are meaningless and they should not dictate what you accomplish in life. With that being said, keep up with the good vibes and prepare for what the real world has to offer…and not the internet world. Here’s some links to back up my belief on the subject.

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/02/08/new-research-suggests-anyone-can-become-internet-troll.html

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/07/why-good-people-become-bad-trolls/

Cyberbullying

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By Blanca Reyes

Bullying is nothing new. If we ask people a big percent would say that in certain point in their lives were bullied in one way or another. However, bullying is a hot topic. It seems like it is reaching unimaginable levels. This perception is not wrong at all. Although bullying has existed for many, many years. Nowadays, social media has worsened this problem.

But, what exactly is cyberbullying? It can be defined as posting negative comments on others pictures, posting abusive posts on a user’s wall, using pictures or videos to make fun of another user, using social media to stalk and hacking an account or fraudulently making posts as though another wrote them.

In the past, bullying occurred in specific places like schools, neighborhoods or work places, now, bullies use these platforms to intimidate, harass, shame or control their victims anytime and anywhere. Bullying, nowadays, seems like it has no borders.

Sometimes people underestimate the consequences of this kind arrestment, but cyberbullying is rising at an alarming rate. According to a study 90 percent of teenagers have witnessed a percent being mean to another in social media, and 95 percent of them have accepted that they just ignored it.

Although teenagers are a big part of the population who suffer and do bullying, they are not the only one. In the past months, we have witnessed how the president- elect, Donald Trump, has used social media, especially Twitter, to mock many of their political opponents.

Trump is infamous for using Twitter to offend, make fun and attack people who do not support him. Journalists, commentators, politicians, women, among others, have been his victims. It has been so shocking that Forbes.com has compiled the most offensive tweets of Trump.

As we can see, bullies use social media to humiliate their victims of any age from anywhere. That’s why it is important not to ignore it, not to accept it and to help the victims. If you are a victim or know someone who is, you can find helpful tips at the stopbullying.gov. The most important thing is to be respectful with each other and demand the same for everybody else.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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