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Is Texting Having an Impact?

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After watching Sherry Turkle’s Ted Talk video, “Connect, but alone?”  it sparked more thoughts about the intrapersonal relationships we are forming and maintaining with social networking websites, digital media and technology.

I know I shouldn’t stay up texting until 3 a.m. but I wouldn’t want to be out of the loop or miss out on this “conversation” with whomever it may be. I know I shouldn’t spend the first hour on my computer checking Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, but I do that instead of starting my homework. If I know I shouldn’t continually do these things, then why do I always find myself trapped with the urges to check my Facebook, send in a few tweets, or scroll through the entire news feed of Pinterest.

InThe New York Times article, “Texting May Be Taking a Toll,” the author Katie Hafner mentions, “Sherry Turkle, a psychologist…has studied texting among teenagers in the Boston area for three years, said it might be causing a shift in the way adolescents develop,” (Hafner, 1). This article continued to spark my mind about intrapersonal relationships and how texting is a main factor in ruining or hindering relationships.

I thought it was interesting that throughout the article author Hafner showed how it is hard for psychologists like Turkle or Peter W. Jornson, an associate professor at the Univerysity of Washington, to really see if the effects of texting are hindering our mental, emotion, or physical health because studies are just beginning to be developed. But since it is such a phenomenon individuals can predict the true effects or impacts of texting on our society and young individuals.

It is interesting to see that some children are being resistant to their parents punishing them or holding these guidelines they have to follow about texting because their parents are indulging just as much in their own cell phones. Generations of digital natives who have grown up attached at the hip to their cell phones are shifting into parenthood. The texting obsession is not going to get better only worse if parents have trouble not indulging themselves into their iPhones.

The technology of texting is changing the intrapersonal relationships individuals have with their families and friends. We know what is right and wrong when it comes to having a conversation or interacting with others. But the fact that technology gives us more control with what we say and allows us to edit and delete is not coincidental that these are the situations we are turning toward.

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“Texting May Be Taking A Toll” – The New York Times

Pinterest- Now It’s All About Pinning Your Interests

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The latest craze I have been swept into is Pinterest and yes like every other social networking website they all link together one-way or another. A Pinterest account can be showcased from Facebook and Twitter. While searching on the Internet for information about this latest social media interest I found the WordPress blog TechCrunch that will written by Josh Constine. Through this blog I learned:

“Pinterest just hit 11.7 million unique monthly U.S. visitors, crossing the 10 million mark faster than any other standalone site in history….Who’s propelling its rise? 18-34 year old upper income women from the American heartland. Maybe we should call it blow-dryer growth.” (http://techcrunch.com/2012/02/07/pinterest-monthly-uniques/).

For those who are really unsure what Pinterest really is, it is a place where users look at thousands of pictures or posts within different categories like Women’s Apparel, Hair & Beauty, Education, Wedding & Events, Holidays, etc. Each user is sent an invitation to their email from a current user allowing them to join the website and begin “Pinning.”

When I joined Pinterest a friend invited me via email because I couldn’t just go to Pinterest.com and sign up for an account. Why did I have to be invited? I still don’t understand why the website has this process, and I never truly realized how addicting this website is. How could one look at pictures for so long?

Pinterst has become a website that is more then just pictures. It is a place to post your ideas, share ideas, and find ideas of different things to do. This website has inspired me to complete different t-shirt crafts, shown me different ways to do my nails, and different outfits that I want to invest in. Pinterest has become a website for the consumer. The website makes things a click away to find more information about where to buy items or to see directions to make something.

Like Constine stated in his article I too have begun spending more time on Pinterest then any other social networking site I am apart of. “According to comScore, the average Pinterest user spend 98 minutes per month on the site, compared to 2.5 hours on Tumblr, and 7 hours on Facebook,” (Constine). It has become absolutely insane! Now when I log onto my computer I open Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, and now my Pinterest as well.

On m Pinterst I have 86 Followers and I am following 96. I have 11 Boards I am “Pinning” to, 608 Pins, and 545 likes. And I have had my Pinterest since March and my activity and follwing has grown faster than my Twitter, which I have had for almost 4 years. It is amazing how a new social networking website is created and makes such an impact in such a short amount of time.

Happy Pinning!

Sources: http://techcrunch.com/2012/02/07/pinterest-monthly-uniques/