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Issue Date: Monday, April 23, 2012 Issue: 4th term! Last Update: Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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If you look at all the social network sites that are out today there is Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, tumblr, Instagram, etc. There is always something going on, on one of these sites. Someone posts to Facebook, someone tweets to twitter, someone pins to pinterest. Nowadays the internet is one of the major ways of connection, but have we taken it too far?

If you log on Facebook you see everyone posting, and sharing all about their life. Others lives revolve around these social networks. They’re on them all the time, posting all about themselves. Others at times spend so many hours a day on these social networking sites. A few excuses they use are “I’m bored,” “I needed to see if something happened,” “I need to talk to someone.” Why not spend your time doing something productive with your life? You could read a book, write a short story, go for a nice walk in the spring weather, go swimming, or do some activity. Instead, you sit and look at a computer monitor, and wonder why you’re bored. You’re bored because you’re sitting there doing nothing. Stand up, log out, and go do something better with your life.

Some of the things that they post I guarantee they wouldn’t say to anyone in person, or say in another situation. Certain things about your life you wouldn’t share in some situations yet you share it for the world to see. You see some very vulgar language and some very inappropriate things on these sites you would never see otherwise. I do have to admit I’ve been one of the people who has used vile language on these sites. It’s not that it s a goal of mine to be like that, it’s just easier to type those words than to actually say them. Whatever you post on the internet stays there for the world to see, why would you do that?

Why is everyone revolving their life around these social network sites? Sometime it’s because others from school don’t have a cell phone, and they need a way to communicate.  In some ways it’s easier to talk to others via the internet. There is something called a home phone. You can call their home phone, if you live by them walk and have an actual face to face conversation instead of typing. In person conversations tend to be a lot better than talking to someone over the internet. You can see how genuine they are, you can see emotions out of them.

In ways Facebook is making us less social. It gets us used to having a conversation typing and makes us lose our in person social skills. When time comes and you’ve only been talking to people on the internet it makes it a lot harder to talk to them in person. When it’s harder to talk to them in person you tend not to talk to them, and that needs to change.

 

These sites are making us lonely in the process. Having only talked to people online you feel lonely not talking to others in person, you feel like you have no life when you only sit on computer all day when in actuality you have a life. If you took the time to not go on these sites you’d realize you do have a life outside of the internet, and I think that’s something others need to do more often.

That said, get up go on a walk do something with your life, and don’t sit on a social site. Do something anything is better than that.


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1 COMMENTS - add your comment below
5/17/2012 5:51:24 PM by Mitch Labuda    
Listened to an interview on NPR about this very subject. Same reaction to something new, like the long hair in the 60's and bell bottoms, oh the world was gonna burn over those two. Social media can be awash in silliness and obscenities, but, it is also can be very useful and bring people together, if we have our minds and eyes and ears open and don't draw conclusions on small samples of a subject. Many of us, use it for business.
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