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An Almost Uncontrollable Blaze

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The recent generation of young teens have more access to technology, the Internet, and social media websites; furthermore, this is becoming evident through how kids are spending their free time and what they are posting. Today I had orientation as a returning staff member at a summer camp and a lot of what was talked about related back to social media, how we present our selves online vs. offline, how campers use the technology during camp, etc.

We have limited control with what gets posted online, who is online, who sees it, how others perceive what they see online, and furthermore how it effects individuals.

The thing that scared me the most was said by a co-worker who is a teacher because he talked about how his students will take something he has said in class and two seconds later it is on Twitter for everyone to see. Another co-worker said her students have done the same thing and then have tried to tag her in it and become friends online. It is scary to think that my future students or campers could attempt at tagging me in something on Facebook or Twitter that could later hurt my career or employment.

Another situation spoken about was how social networking sparks a larger flame for bullying because now peers are continuing the face-to-face bullying away from school or camp by using the Internet. A student/ camper will take an embarrassing video of the victim and post it on YouTube, which now makes the victim relive the horrifying event over and include others who weren’t even present.

Students are posting quotes from their teachers and the campers are posting embarrassing videos are all abusing the Internet in negative ways. Ways that didn’t happen before the uncontrollable blaze of the Internet. The uses are unlimited and always changing. It’s hard to think what students/ campers will be doing 5- 10 years from now.

More and more it seems like teachers, counselors, and parents are having trouble controlling the usage of social networking. It’s almost become too hard control students and now my camp is having a no cell phone policy and an Internet conduct policy in order to protect both campers and counselors and prevent future problems.

These kinds of policies were not around in schools and camps in years past. It’s scary that adults are finding it hard to control the usage and behavior that is happening on the Internet.

A Must Read Article: The Benefits of Facebook “Friends”

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While researching online about intrapersonal relationships online and on social networking websites I found the perfect article they represented the ideas I wanted to express in our later article we will be writing. The article was written by Nicole N. Ellison, Charles Steinfield, and Cliff Lampe titled, “The Benefits of Facebook “Friends”: Social Capital and College Student’s Use of Online Social Network Sites.”

I felt that this article was extremely thorough, although it made it lengthy it was very interesting to read because it the audience was targeted toward college Facebook users (The original reason the site was established). This article looked at the old and new relationships that users are maintaining and forming online. Authors said, “Previous research suggests that Facebook users engage in “searching” for people with whom they have an offline connection more than they “browse” for complete strangers to meet,” (Lampe, Ellison, Steinfield, 2006).

This statement is true because most people on Facebook are necessarily looking to become friends with strangers; however, this is not the case for dating websites. These social networking websites are meant for individuals to find new people they did not know previously and begin an offline and/or online relationship. This idea supports, “a hallmark of this early research is in presumption that when online and offline social networks overlapped, the directionality was online to offline- online connections resulted in face-to-face meetings.” The article also stated that statistic that 1/3 of respondents later met the new online friends face-to-face; furthermore supporting, “relationships that being on line rarely stay there,” (Lampe, Ellison, Steinfield).

A final interesting point about this article was the way authors used a specific term: social capital. This refers to, “the network of social connections that exist between people, and their shared values and norms of behavior, which enable and encourage mutually advantageous social cooperation,” (dictionary.com). Before reading this article I would talk about the intrapersonal relationships users form and maintain online, but social capital incorporates that idea of connection and adds how these groups work and behave together.

If you are interested in reading more of this article the link is provided below. The article also presents a lot of data from the authors studies. I look forward to continue using this source and others as prepare to write my final piece for Writing, Research, and Technology.

Source: [PDF] from pbworks.com

Is the World Obsessed With Facebook?

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“The study also found that low-conscientious procrastinators used Facebook as a way to avoid doing actual work,” is a quote from the online article Study: Your Facebook Personality is the Real You, by Alicia Eler. This article really made me think am I who I want to be online and in reality? In reality I think yes. But, I am portraying this online?

Sometimes I wish I had never started Facebook because I know a few people my age, 20, that never got on Facebook. Although I am very careful about what I put on my Facebook and Twitter, I still fear that one day there is the possibility of social networking having a negative impact on my life. Hopefully, it will never come down to Facebook deciding if I get a job or not.

Facebook is for sure a form of procrastination. I jump on the computer just to see what funny things my friends have posted or to check the video my friends were talking about at lunch that is on whoever’s wall. Then 20- 30 minutes later I realize I am still scrolling down my news feed. Thirty minutes that I have pretty much wasted and used to put off the work I actually have to do.

The population includes people of all ages from middle school students to retired adults, who are all logging in a lot of time online.

However, it is amazing that in those 20 minutes millions of people are posting and completing millions of things on Facebook. The YouTube Video by Alex Trimpe called, “The World is Obsessed With Facebook,” shows how much really happen in those 20 minutes all around the world.

Some of the facts really shocked me:

Data shows that1 in 13 people in the world are on Facebook.

48% from 18- 34 of people log on to Facebook first thing in the morning.

57% of people talk more online then in real life.

40% of young Americans said they find out news through Facebook.

 It is absolutely mind blowing because this data shows people all around the world really are obsessed with Facebook. It makes me think how much more could have been accomplish in the world if Facebook was never invented.

Say doctors around the world had 1,851,000 attempts at finding a cure for cancer in twenty minutes instead of there being that many status updates in only twenty minutes. Or 2,716,000 messages were sent to protest a bill in congress instead of that many message sent on Facebook.

And if the 57% of people who talk more online than in real life, reversed that statistic how many great things could have been said that had the possibility to change something in the world? I feel as if social networking using are more willing to post, message, or link something on Facebook than to do something in real life that can make a difference.

As every twenty minutes go by in a day people are doing more on Facebook than in real life as they hide behind a computer screen.

But will it ever change?

Only time will tell, and if someone stands up and says something in real life and not through a keyboard.

http://www.digitalbuzzblog.com/facebook-statistics-stats-facts-2011/ 

Why Do I Tweet?

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Today, Twitter has over 140 million uses and over 340 million tweets are posted daily (Sternberg). The population includes average people to top charting celebrities of all ages. My twitter has tracked my college career since I joined the tweeting community during my freshman year of college in the fall of 2009. I joined Twitter because all of my new friends in college had one and were forming intrapersonal relationships on the web through Twitter, so I wanted to be apart of the discourse community where we talked about school, weekends, and other random topics.

I feel that the relationships of my followers and who I am following is an extension of the relationships we have off the internet; furthermore, it is a nice way to stay updated on news, see what my friends are doing, and to interact with them on the internet. I am on Twitter because I enjoy tweeting and reading other tweets from the users I follow.

There are many friends on Twitter I have lost touch with since high school ended or don’t talk to everyday, and having a conversation on through tweets is an informal and easy way to keep up to date on each others life from various locations. These interactions would not be possible without Twitter or other social networking websites, but because of the online interactions relationships off the Internet are able to stay connected. There is no relationship developed with the celebrities that I follow, and I understand that just because I follow them on twitter does not mean we have a developing relationship.

Sometimes Twitter users, myself included, tweet too much or things that really don’t matter within the discourse community. But, those 140 characters do mean a lot to that particular user; therefore, I try to tweet with meaning but I allow myself the pointless tweets about what I had for lunch or how bored I am because Twitter is a way for users to express themselves. However, Twitter has began to expand farther than 140 characters because people link their tweets to blogs, websites, pictures, Facebook, etc.

Overall, I use Twitter to post random thoughts, quotes, moments, or photos that come up with throughout the day. I link to other social networking sites through tweets and vise versa. But, the main reason I joined Twitter was because everyone else was doing it. In the beginning I didn’t understand the point of the 140 characters or why I would tweet daily, however in the end I fully enjoy using Twitter on a daily basis.

Sources:

The Twitter Aftershock for Digital Media

Hello world!

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Hello! My name is Kaitlin Hill. I am a student at Rowan University, and starting my Senior year in the Fall. My majors are Elementary Education  and Liberal Studies for English and Writing Arts. With my education degree I am also becoming certified in Special Education and Middle School English. I play on the Rowan Field Hockey team, and I am involved on campus in Relay for Life, Ronald McDonald House, and SAAC.

This summer I am looking forward to working on this blog and learning more through the “Writing, Research, and Technology” class. I have began to love and enjoy writing more in the past year, and this summer I hope to continue my writing with technology and digital media.

Happy blogging!