The dangers of Facebook

This is a really interesting video blog discussing the dangers of Facebook and social networking from the effect it has on friendships, relationships, socialisation, security and society. Think about what we did before Facebook was invented? and how quickly Facebook has become a major part of our everyday life.

Referring to lecture in week 3, are we interacting with a machine or humans, when we are playing with computers? The development of social media and other new communication technologies, has made computers  much more then just a “machine” that we use for communication purposes. We are definitely interacting with humans.

In this clip, LACK78, is discussing how people think they are being social by using Facebook and how people see Facebook as the replacement of humans interactions in the real world. According to this clip we are connect TO people but not connecting WITH people. That is the difference in how we interact with each other and how we create social relationships. Do you agree with this statement? What about friends from overseas that you can not physically communicate with. In that case isn’t Facebook a good way to socialise and communicate?

Have a look at the clip below, this discussion can last for ever. Very interesting how people think about social media these days.

Reference: Made by LACK78. Retrieved 2012 from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58YaQQYmmpo

New technologies to stay connected with friends and family

I have been using a lot of different communication technologies since I was a young child. It started when I got my first phone, at the age of 10. After that I have been signing up for different social media pages to stay in contact with friends, follow the trends and to be cool. When I was 14, I signed up for Facebook, I have not used any other social media until I bought my Iphone. In less than an hour, I had downloaded all the apps that I wanted from Apple Store. To stay in contact with my family and friends back home I am now using Whatsapp, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Viber and Skype on my phone. Thanks to Apple Iphone, I know what is going on back home in Sweden and it does not feel that I am 25 hours away on the other side of the world. I can easily make a phone call for free via Skype, like I was there in Sweden. The fast movement of new technologies has made it easier for people to stay in touch. These days, it is normal for people to have friends from all over the world. All social media, such as, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Instagram, Youtube are all connected with each other and therefore, it is easy to find out about new technologies in the social media network. The first time I discovered Instagram was via Facebook when my friends started to link their pictures to their Fackebook account.

One important question in our global movement is how much privacy do we have? Before I got to Australia, my current Swedish flat mate had checked me out on Google and found pictures. From those pictures he made a judgment if I seemed to be a cool person or not. Many of my friends have friends on Facebook that they have not met in real life. How can you call them “friends”? Imagine how many people out there who create a false profile to be able to follow others. I have a lot of friends on Facebook who I have met briefly and are only acquaintances outside of social media. At least then you know that this person actually exist and you can trust his/her profile.

The way people can look you up online is also common in how businesses recruit. Your feature employer can type in your name on Google and receive a lot of information. This is becoming more of an issue in terms of your private life is no longer a secret and therefore no longer private. Many companies would not mind checking out their employees beforehand to make a judgment about their personality and interests in order to make a decision if this person is the one they are looking for. Privacy is therefore important to social media networking sites. However, they also encourage people to share pictures and comments with friends.  The relationship with privacy is socially complicated, when people do not think about how to protect their privacy and they continue uploading embarrassing photos. Many social networking sites know this and therefore keep reminding people how fun it is to share and almost hide their privacy option. As Bruce Schneier stated in his article about, Google And Facebook’s Privacy Illusion, “companies whose CEOs eulogize privacy make their money by controlling vast amounts of their users’ information”(Schneier, 2010). Basically, the more time their users spend on their site and connecting with their friends, more publicity and profit for the company.

Reference:

Schneier, B. (2010). Google And Facebook’s Privacy Illusion. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/2010/04/05/google-facebook-twitter-technology-security-10-privacy.html

Social Media Privacy Issues – Don’t Let It Stop Your SEO Campaign [Image] (n.d.). Retrived from http://www.techwench.com/social-media-privacy-issues-%E2%80%93-don%E2%80%99t-let-it-stop-your-seo-campaign/

We are communication

What exactly is communication? When do we use communication technologies? In regards to the lecture in week 2, communication is the imparting or exchanging of information by speaking, writing, pictures, signals, behaviour or technology (Oxford Dictionaries, 2012). The communication process became significantly more interesting and global, when the first phone was invented in 1876 by Alexander Graham Bell or the first TV in 1926 by John Logie Baird.  The sound and moving pictures together created a new way to reach people. From this revolution, communication became easier in the way of how people shared information without talking face to face or writing letters. Furthermore, the inventions of these new technologies contributed to businesses to promote their product or service in order to influence its target market via TV advertisement.

It’s interesting how the movement towards a global world has impacted the human being and the way we communicate. These days everything is about technology and how technology does the communication for us. I don’t have to make a phone call to my friends to tell them the latest news. All they have to do is to follow me on a social media page, such as, Facebook, Twitter, Flickir or Instagram. It’s funny how people think the smartphones have made our society more unsocial, but is that really true? With the new technologies such as the smartphone, we are constantly socialising with friends, family or even random people that we don’t know. It all depends on how we define socialising.

Communication is everywhere in the world and we are all part of it, but when do we reach the stage where we can’t communicate with each other? Language has an important role in this question. We are not capable to understand all people in the world and that is when communication reaches its limit. Furthermore, when people go travelling the communication and understanding between different cultures may lead to misunderstanding and conflict. French, Spanish or Italian people often give a kiss on the cheek, while in Sweden we do a hand shake when we first meet a person. Different ways of how people interact with each other are another limitation in communication as well as body language. However, even when I don’t understand a language while trying to communicate with a person, and when the use of body language can’t help me, I can easily type in what I’m trying to say in “Google translate” and the problem is solved. Together with technology, we are communication.

Reference:

Resolve cross-cultural misunderstandings [Image] (n.d). Retrieved from http://sielearning.tafensw.edu.au/MCS/9362/Sterilisation%20disk%203/lo/7374/7374_00.htm

Oxford Dictionaries, 2012. Definition of communication. Retrieved from http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/communication

Social Media Revolution

This is a very interesting YouTube clip about social media and other search engines and how they are taking over the world. It shows interesting facts about how the society and businesses rely on social media to communicate with each other. Did you know that if Facebook was a country it would be the 3rd largest country in the world. Or that kindergartens are learning on Ipads and not chalkboards.

Have a look at this clip, it will definitely make you realise how important social media is in our society. I mean if you have an Iphone and suddenly the Internet connection doesn’t work, you feel disconnected from everything and lost because you don’t know what your friends are up to on Facebook or what is going on in the world. Am I right?