Social networking sites simply put are amazing it’s so simple to stay in touch with others, especially those far away, and also it’s fun to see what your friends, family and co-workers are getting up to (do people even still send post cards when they are on holiday?).
The fact that we all make an effort to get on these sites such as Facebook and Twitter throughout the day in hopes of not missing anything and many times we put them before our work tasks and daily duties, heres some statistics to put it in a better context:
Wired.com posted two studies which demonstrated damage to productivity caused by social networking: Nucleus Research reported that Facebook shaves 1.5% off office productivity while Morse claimed that British companies lost 2.2 billion a year to the social phenomenon.
Social networking sites literally encourage us to be more open and public about our personal lives. More often than not we share intimate details of our lives and it’s all shared so easily, many users are prone to ignore the available filters, something ‘some’ of us emply when talking about our private lives. People just take it for granted that they are in control of their lives online, but many don’t realize that the things they post remain online and available indefinitely. While in one aspect, a photo of yourself or friends doing shots at a party may seem harmless, the image may appear less attractive in the context of an employer doing a background check. While most sites allow their users to control who sees the things they’ve posted, such limitations are often forgotten, can be difficult to control or don’t work as well as advertised.
Look at some of the wild things that actually transpire online, the lion shot by a dentist, the police ‘brutality’ the racial agendas and such, they really do get taken to an extreme level online, and people are way more aggresive and out of context than they would be say in a public setting or around people they are normally more reserved with, but it just doesn’t work like that, often at times we browse say a facebook feed and come across something one of our friends, family members or co-workers have shared and you think to yourself ‘Really? You needed to share that?’ – without a doubt, being hidden behind a gadget changes who we all are in reality, kind of scary but it’s not going to change anytime soon, if at ever!
How many parents can honestly say that their kids don’t come home from school and get straight on their phones, game consoles or computers? Kids don’t want to play outside anymore, they don’t know what it is to just ride around the streets on their bikes or go hang out at the playground at the local park just to socialize. Kind of sad, and those that have kids not doing the above in excess, are doing it right and I’ll take my hat off to you. Simply because, as an adult who did do those things as a kid has adopted the same routine as today’s youth! My phone is never more than 5′ away from me!