Final Post

The Last Hurrah

DYgDxUnfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and this is our farewell post. We would like to take the time to thank all of you for reading and keeping up with us these past 4 weeks. It was our pleasure to keep you all informed about our findings on the effects social media has on personal lives. We concluded that social media usage can be detrimental to one’s health, as well as social, mental, and physical well being. Below is a summary of our findings.

Week 1

We thought cyberbullying would be a great first topic to kick off our blog. The internet is one of the most widespread risk that young kids face this day and age and Cyberbullying is on the rise due to technology usage. Cyberbullying has harmful effects to those who are being bullied and to those who are bullying others. Cyberbullying is related to serious health problems such as low self-esteem, suicidal ideation, anger, frustration, and a variety of other emotional and psychological problems.

For more information on cyberbullying and how to prevent it, please visit the sites below:

Week 2

Our second week topic is based on grounds for termination when it comes to a person’s personal social media account. Although social media was designed to keep friends and peers connected, it also gives them a platform to express their ideas and communicate with one another. Facebook and other social media sites are (for the most part) public records of an individual. We believe those who post negatively about their workplace, or those who post anything racist, etc. are grounds for termination.

Week 3

For week three, we covered the health issues that correlate with social media usage. A study was found that users who engage with social media during the night could be damaging their sleep and increasing their risk of anxiety and depression, which can lead to catching colds, flues, and gastroenteritis more often. Also, with an increase of social media usage, there will be a decrease of physical activities.

Week 4

For our last week, we saved the best for last. RELATIONSHIPS! Social media has the potential to be harmful for relationships. It was found that the more a person in a romantic relationship uses social media, the more they will Facebook stalk their partner’s online activity! This can inevitably lead to feelings of jealousy. Another interesting thing the researchers noted is that people who use social media often are more likely to reach out to past lovers, and this can damage relationships if not end it.

 

 

We are sorry to leave you so soon, but we hope you have learned from our findings and hope you will utilize them into your everyday lives so you don’t fall victim to social media’s harmful effects. Please feel free to visit our post as much as you like and to share our posts with others.


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Refutation

Can Social Media Improve Our Relationships?

Natasha Koifman, President of NKPR, wrote this article published by Huffington Post Canada, where she stated all of the reasons she thought that social media had a positive impact on our personal relationships. She argues that one third of all marrying couples have met each other online and that “we no linger rely on friend’s introductions or blind dates”. She goes on to talk about how social media sites like LinkedIn helps individuals build a professional network and can help you improve your career. She believes Twitter is the best way to reach out to a company for customer service and she said that Tinder allows for a, “no-strings-attached flirting experience.” Koifman expresses that the bottom line of social media is that it’s a form of expression and influences how we share our personalities.

'I'll get you started on facebook even if you're under aged, But be careful, there's a lot of dishonesty in social media,'I think that Koifman proposed some very good arguments as to why social media is helpful to an individual to connect with others. But at what cost? How strong are relationships that you may develop online? Social media allows people to express themselves but it can skew the way someone sees them. You can edit and crop and use privacy settings to almost live a double, or even a triple life if you wanted to. I’m not saying everyone uses social media dishonestly, but with things like a ‘Finsta’ on the rise, who’s to say that something like that isn’t a good expression of personality or just a place for someone to air out dirty laundry and, in some cases, cyberbullying? Sure social media is good to stay connected in theory, but is the slight deterioration of face-to-face interaction taking a toll on how we view reality and connection?

There’s a lot of questions you can ask about just how much social media may be affecting interpersonal communication. But I believe it is such a new phenomena, that we wont know of any negative affects until they have already become omnipresent. Not to have a pessimistic view, but we probably wont miss any of the ‘old ways’ of communicating once we become so saturated with digital social media intake.

Affirmative

“She Liked Your Status?” The Effect of Social Media on Relationships

e1cc09ff557df3be2d650d243132eead.jpgFacebook stalking. We’re all guilty whether it be before the relationship, during the relationship, or even post-breakup. It’s a strange mixture of curiosity and, as much as we don’t like to admit it, jealousy. I’ll be the first to admit that I have disliked strangers for nothing else but simply liking a few pictures posted by a previous romantic partner. Studies (specifically one done in the Journal of Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking) have proven that having access to such information can be extremely damaging to relationships themselves.

Researchers surveyed 205 Facebook users about how often they use facebook, if they’ve had Facebook-related conflicts with a current or former partner, and what the consequences of these issues were. It was found that the more a person in a romantic relationship uses social media, the more they will facebook stalk their partner’s online activity! This can inevitably lead to feelings of jealousy. Another interesting thing the researchers note is that people who use social media often are more likely to reach out to past lovers, and thus issues arise on that front.

tenor.gifNow, I know. If the information is that readily available, it is hard to just not snoop. A lot of couples end up deactivating many social media accounts because of increased problems, however, this is not the only solution! Casey Gueren (writer of above linked article) suggests that if you follow a few simple rules, you could decrease the likelihood of social-media related relationship issues.

Much like the “sleep on it” rule in actual life, Casey Gueren suggests you follow the “log off” rule if you are upset. Nothing good will come of being online when upset, especially if you have access to your romantic partner’s pages. If you go searching for trouble, you will most likely find it, and then you are more likely to post something passive-aggressive (or maybe just aggressive?) that you will not be so proud of in the morning. Gueren also suggests that you friend exes with caution. Now, I have never personally done this because I easily see how this can be a one-way street top problems, but again, if you have information readily available, it’s likely you’ll take it. If this is something you’ve considered or that you’ve done, it is suggested that you take caution in the future. Scrolling too far back on an ex’s timeline or searching too far into their old pictures could leave you feeling jealous over things that don’t exist anymore. It’s like waking up angry at someone because they pissed you off in a dream. That them no longer exists! Don’t put yourself in that situation. Gueren also recommends bragging about your relationship. This can show dedication and seriousness, and can also let people know your partner is off-limits (since that needs to be explicitly stated online now, doesn’t it?). He warns, however, that going overboard with the posts can make a relationship seem immature and insincere, so there is a threshold that you should not pass when it comes to romantic posts.

If you’re not so about the romantic-relationships right now, you should know that Social media use is also affecting your relationships with friends, and life in general. Dr. Emma Seppälä suggests that social media users get too lost in the moment. By trying to connect virtually, you disengage and disconnect from reality and the people in it. You’ve thus lost your happiness by trying to reproduce it virtually! This can really put a damper on friendships- friends complaining about how you’re “always on your phone.” Dr. Emma Seppälä even says that the mere presence of a cellphone when two people are talking interferes with feelings of closeness, connection, and communication. Ultimately, if devices constantly run conversations, you lose some of your ability to connect with others.