How has social media changed the way people live?



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Group Members:

Leader: Lee XinYi (10)
A.Leader: Tan Yun Qi, Sencia (16)
Secretary: Tricia Tan (18)
Editor: Ee Wei
Presenter: Jun Jie

Social Media

There has never been a bigger force for change than technology. It changes everything about the way we live, the way we get around, the way we eat, and even the way we talk to each other. With the rise of social media, the idea of community has changed radically. It's no longer about the people around you. It's anyone, anywhere on the planet that has a shared interest.

Social media technologies take on many different forms including:

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  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
  • Television
  • Social Networking
  • Virtual Games World

But, the most common form of social media is the Internet, it includes Virtual Games World and Social Networking Sites. With the development of technology, using the internet became more convenient for use.

Social Networking Sites


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  • Twitter
  • Keek
  • Myspace
  • Facebook
  • Plurk

Virtual Games World

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  • DOTA
  • Counterstrike
  • Habbo
  • Diablo

Advantages

With the huge development in technology, it became a habit for the society to use it. It has brought many advantages to us.

Low Costs - As it is free to use social networking sites like Facebook to advertise a product regardless of personal or business reasons, advertising via social networking sites helps save costs. Online advertisement can not only allow the company to find out the pros and cons of their product by the comments customers make online, but also saves the time and money of hiring manpower to promote their products. As most teenagers own a smartphone these days, companies are able to send advertisement messages through apps such as WhatsApp or KakaoTalk, which is mainly free.

Connections- As the sites are available to people of various different countries, it can help us stay in contact with friends in every corner of the world, as long as there is an internet connection. Just by clicking the 'add' button on Facebook or the 'follow' button for the Twitter users, it allows us to track what our overseas acquaintances are doing or experiencing real time.

Less Time Consuming -With the existence of the internet, a simple e-mail can reach the recipient in just 1 minute, however a mail took 3 working days to get it delivered. Photos, videos can be shared among all quickly through many social networking sites. That is how efficient the internet can be!

Disadvantages

However, the development of technology also brought us many disadvantages!

Scams and Harassment - You can never be really sure who is the one behind the computer screen. Especially with money in concern, the Internet is the most dangerous way to fall prey to the dangers of a scam. Female users also face the incessant threat of sexual harassment. There are cases where they meet up with their virtual boyfriends, only to find that the romeo they have spent their past month chatting with is an old perverted man. This might potentially put a life or a big sum of money on the line.

Addictive - What is the first thing you do when you wake? A new study by the University of Chicago has found that social media is more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol. Surveys shows that most people check their facebook or twitter once they are awake. It also hard for them to click the "log out" button. These people find it interesting and addicting to know every single news of their friends or followers. They prefer virtual interact instead of real life interaction. This might affect their relationship with family and friends. Gamers would also have their health affected as they play all day long, sometimes without meals. It is a strong addiction






Has social media enhanced our communication eg. sharing information or prevented us from real interaction?




With the existence of social networking sites like Facebook and STOMP, news spread fast. Really fast. Take the recent case of an old lady quarreling with a younger woman for example. Within days of the incident, many Singaporeans have begun discussing about the incident. Its everywhere! Even if someone has not read the newspapers regarding the incident, he or she will definitely have read about it in the Internet. This shows that social media is a really effective way of information sharing.

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When such incidents happen, many people are prompted to give their views by comments. This brings us together and we share our comments under one common topic. Many may say that such online interaction does not beat real life communication, but they are forgetting one thing - that the comments come from people from all around the country. People that will never know each other if not for the comments they make. What, they expect the whole of Facebook users to gather at Hougang and discuss about the incident? That is absurd! But when friends sacrifice time out with their friends for playing Habbo and talking to their friends that way, that destroys quality time that they can spend with their friends.

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Is this how friends should really communicate?

Advantages of communication through social media

  • Helps long lost friends stay on touch
  • Sharing of pictures or videos
  • Helps people all around the world still be able to contact each other

Disadvantages of communication through social media

  • Does not really help in the construction of quality time
  • Needs an Internet connection
  • Addictive


Social media is no doubt a great way of communication and information sharing, but whether it has hindered quality time with our friends or helped us interact with people in a way that we can never do in real life depends entirely on how the user uses social media. Social media may helps us stay in touch with the happenings on the world, but it can also destroy lives and relationships.



Is the impact of social media on youths mostly positive or negative?


Most youths these days have at least a Facebook account, and use it regularly. Be it chatting with their primary school friends or playing Farmville, most spend hours on end on the computer or staring at their smart phones. This is a worldwide phenomenon - addiction to social media.
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Negative impacts


1. Sometimes, we communicate so much over the internet that we neglect real life interaction.
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2. Excessive online interaction without the spending of real quality time with our friends can destroy relationships.
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3. Sometimes, we just cannot resist the temptation to 'check in' to our Facebook accounts, just to see is there are any notifications, and end up using a few hours of our time posting or commenting.
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Positive impacts


1. Helps people all around the world stay in touch. Distance is just a number!

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2. Do you have a primary school friend that you never meet any more? Well, you can stay in touch just by adding your friend!

3. Trouble finding Mr. Right? Try online dating sites!
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Conclusion


Social media is way of communication, and it has both good and bad points. We should not be stereotypical and say that social media is bad just because a parent killed her child because the baby was interrupting her playing of Farmville, or a boy killed his parents who confiscated his game. Social media also has brought many couples together. So, whether youths uses their Facebook accounts to post pictures or to tweet about their happenings, they should have self-awareness and not fall into addiction and let it destroy their lives and relationships as after all, online interaction cannot replace real life relationships.