Over the past two weeks, I have been given the task to create a two-minute movie with the concept revolving around the aspect of communication technology. My idea was to film it all on snap chat but utilize other social media platforms to get through my day, this resulted in myself asking the internet universes to make my daily decisions for me.
This was my final assessment for this subject aside from an upcoming exam. I have thoroughly enjoyed this experience and am extremely proud of this blog and its results. Well that’s all for now but not forever.
SOCIAL MEDIA: HAS IT CAUSED A DEATH FOR PHYSICAL COMMUNICATION BETWEEN TEENAGERS ALONG WITH THEIR CHANCES OF QUALITY ONLINE PRIVACY?
It’s a well-known fact that we are currently living in the ultimate technological era, technology is advancing faster than the seasons are changing and while the world is trying to keep up many advancements have caused new risks and fears surrounding privacy and lack of interpersonal communication epically within teens. This issue will be further investigated throughout this essay based on three main questions, why has there been a decrease in teenagers’ face to face communication? Is anything that teenagers post on social media actually private? and What are the repercussions of these two issues short and long term? This essay will argue that the physical communication between teenagers is dead along with their chances of safer online privacy.
It’s rare that teens these days are seen down at the local hangout after school meeting new people and are constantly with friends but are rather found in their rooms on mobile phones, laptops, or tablets scrolling through their Instagram feed and instant messaging app talking to a random person who has a common interest. But it is estimated that at least 70 percent of teens are going online more than once a day and 50 percent of those are spending approximately 2.52 hours on social media (ACMA Australian Communications and Media Authority, 2016). With teens spending this much time on their latest gadgets there has got to be repercussions in how their lifestyles are now compared to how they were in the past.
Shim, Young Soo’s study has shown that there is definitely a correlation between internet usage and teenagers wanting to talk to and spend time physically communicating with family and friends (Shim, 2007). The results outlined that the ability of access to social media and the internet dramatically decreased a teenager’s time spent and desire to communicate face to face with their family and friends. This is all due to the time-displacement theory, the idea that if a newer and more desirable activity comes out the likeability of the past activity is extremely likely to decrease. In this case face to face communication is the past activity and social media communication is the present and most likely future activity, however with the constant update and relevancy of social media applications the idea of communication as we know it seems to have been changed forever and on its way to becoming a less and less relevant in society.
For example, imagine sitting in a shopping centre food court, it’s loud and noisy but the noise is mainly coming from families with young children. The teenagers are the ones sitting in silence with their heads down tapping away at their mobile phone screens, this happens every day. The phrases “OMG we have to insta this! L.O.L. DO something it’s a snap video #Bae #NSFW #WTF #Selfie” and many other are becoming the day to day language elements and aspects featured in teenager’s lives. Teenagers are our future and if they don’t have the verbal, face to face communication or social skills to be able to achieve that next step in their life, how can they be employable or develop the necessary skills in order to work in a team? (Netlingo.com, 2016).
The increase in technological communication being available to teenagers has constantly brought up the issue of privacy online. Sure you can have individual private discussions with one person online, however, there are now many counter privacy elements that can be implemented in any device or software, for instance ‘Screenshots’. A screen shot or screen grab is the ability to save whatever is going happening on your devices screen at the current time, it sounds useful but can end up resulting in a private personal message being broadcasted to someone else’s main feed on Facebook.
It’s not the fact that teens are unaware of the privacy issues and concerns on social media, it’s a matter of the benefits the application is earning them according to a study conducted by Seounmi Youn (Youn, 2010). Seounmi’s study goes in-depth into the willingness of a teenager’s desire to use the app versus their ability to identify the level of risk perception (Youn, 2010). The results show that as the teen’s level of risk perception went up they thankfully began to provide less or incorrect information or left the application/site completely, however, if the risk perception was less the majority of teens were willing to gamble their chances (Youn, 2010).
Although it’s a positive that teens are showing a good level of risk perception it depends on the benefits that are aware to them. If all teens have to do to continue using Instagram or Facebook is to a agree to their latest terms and conditions policy they are likely to do so without a second guess. Through this could be allowing the app to access extremely private information such as access to your location 24/7, access to your device’s camera 24/7, access to your past, present and future search history, ownership of your posted photos and much more (Cracked.com, 2016).
The fact is that although teens have their own personal accounts to their name they can only control so much of the privacy they receive in return, the major social media giants aren’t in it for the privacy they want to know everything in order to be everything, by accessing your personal information it puts them ahead. All your information is their information with the tap of a screen yet the awareness is the but the concern isn’t. According to a study conducted by Alice Marwick, “the dynamics of sites like Facebook have forced teens to alter their conceptions of privacy to account for the networked nature of social media (Marwick and Boyd, 2014).”
With there being a clear decrease in teenagers partaking in face to face communication there are highly likely to be many repercussions as stated in the first section. One clear issue that continually came up in my research was the idea of social anxiety and mental health. According to a study conducted by Gagan Deep “Internet itself is a harmless tool but the latest phenomenon which are the social networking sites, have driven the mental health of the masses in a different way, especially of teenagers (Deep, 2015).” Along with the common issue of cyberbullying the main concern that plays on the mental health status of a teens online is their addiction to social media, and need for acceptance on these platforms, rejection from supposed friend on these sites is the one of the main reason for depression in teens today (Deep, 2015).
A study from Tamyra Pierce researched the compatibility between social anxiety in face to face communication and technological communication, her research was unsurprising and resulted in the overall results showing that teens who communicated online rather than face to face felt less socially anxious (Pierce, 2009). Although this is positive for kids who struggle to speak face to face, for others it brings up the issue of whether or not the can overcome this social anxiety in the long term if they are choosing not to or avoiding partaking in physical communication. In the long term the likelihood of teens working in team is high, this means they need to be able to communicate ideas effectively and have the ability to read nonverbal communication which they seem to be lacking at the present time.
Not only are teens currently lacking in face to face communication but also the ability to have secure privacy on social media. The repercussions from this can be dire such as, the leaking of nude photos or gossiping being broadcasted into cyberbullying, both offences which can end up in the hands of the police. These issues can not only affect the teenager in the short term, by losing friends or being forced to change schools but in the long term too, the offender can have a permeant record while the other person can be traumatised with psychological issues, privacy in communication is vital.
The concept of social media for teenagers is no longer an exciting new adventure of trial and error but rather an automatic factor that makes their ability to stay connected with others easier than it has been in the past. These different applications may be easy to navigate and use however they each have their own negative effects on the lifestyle of teenagers today, and these effects will most likely remain throughout their life. Technology is ever growing and it’s likely that this behaviour will be passed down through to future generations.
This essay has effectively argued that the physical communication between teenagers is dead along with their chances of safer online privacy, through the three main argument points, there has been a decrease in teenagers’ face to face communication, little that teenagers post on social media is actually private and there are repercussions of these two issues short and long term.
Well, there you go, there’s my blog. I want to know what you think, what are your opinions? Below is a Ted Talk from Sherry Turkle about being alone in a crowded room when everyone is on social media and I think it is extremely relevant with my essay.
I also found this satirical blog post about what the term and conditions are actually hiding, please don’t take anything seriously in that post as most of it is a joke but if you are worried perhaps you should google your terms and conditions.
That’s all for this week’s blog post, time to enjoy my semester break. Stay tuned for more information on my next assignment, hint its a video task #Cliffhangager
This week is all about the research for my upcoming written essay assignment. Since my last post, I have developed my thesis statement slightly to be more defined, my new thesis is “Physical communication between teenagers is dead along with their chances of safer online privacy.” I believe that this will be easier for research purposes as I have identified a demographic, teenagers and two separate argument topics, face to face communication and privacy.
But now onto my research methods, this week I was introduced to now what is my go to research annotation tool. Have you ever been scrolling through doing research for an assignment and found the perfect journal article but it’s miles long so favouriting it isn’t going to be enough? I have, I can’t count how many times I have reread the same journal article trying to find the key information I need for my specific assignment. But fear no more for I have a solution for you! Diigo, yes that’s right I typed Diigo. Diigo is this little nifty website that is built exactly for annotations online, it has an extension app for easy use on any website and has its own bookmarks bar built into separate your personal and work/university/school/personal bookmarks. You can do all sorts of things like screenshot or share but my personal favourite is the highlighting function. But if you don’t believe me check for yourself below.
Now this next research tip is for all the Griffith University students out there, the online library. You may or may not have heard of it but, have you ever used it before? I for one never really managed to wrap my head around it until this week when my tutor gave us a crash course on how to use it. All you have to do is get to the library home page and click advanced search from there you type in your necessary research topics and the generator does the rest for you!
Another good website is Bubble Us, this is a great brainstorming site, it’s especially useful if you are a visual person with the tech-savvy edge. I have to admit this site wasn’t one of my favourites just because of how fiddly the bubble are but if you have the patience and control I don’t this site is definitely for you! However, there are soo many cute colours to choose from #Brightside
Well, that’s all for now, I need to get back to this research. I hope these tips are helpful for you for your next assignment or maybe just for a trip to procrastination station #NSFW Stay tuned for next weeks post where I will post my essay.
So this week I have been given the task to 1500 word online essay based on my own research question/thesis statement that I need to develop from five different essay topics.
My chosen essay topic is “With the advent of Web 2.0 came online social networks like Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn. These companies collect data about their users. Do social networkers have a right to privacy? Is the notion of privacy dead? (Hilton and Egan, 2016).”
From this topic, I have formulated the thesis statement of ‘Physical presence is dead along with our chances of online privacy’. Through this thesis, I plan to further explore the notion of being alone in a crowded room when on social media and how little of what we post online is actually private.
My research results and essay will be posted within the next two weeks so stay tuned.
Like many others, I voted for the first time this year in the council and federal election and unlike the mature adult I am supposed to be I had absolutely no prior knowledge on who to vote for, aside from the fact that my family has always voted Labour because they look after the little people, and that’s where my knowledge on government parties ended. However this week has opened up a can or worms about politics. For example my local member is Mr Mr Steven Ciobo.
Steven was easy to find however finding my sate member became a challenge, my local area didn’t have a listed member in the Queensland Parliament. So i decided to go with the closet member to my area Ms Rosslyn (Ros) Bates(Parliament.qld.gov.au, 2016), it was only after clicking on her information did I find a map of what the describe as Mudgeeraba(QUEENSLAND ELECTORAL BOUNDARIES 2008, 2016) and low and behold they had squished my area in there too. Ms Bates is “Shadow Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Child Safety and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence and Shadow Minister for Disability Services and Seniors,” which was really interesting to me, so I thought I would email her about her reasoning for these choices.
Next was the federal Representative, who I just assumed was the prime minister. I was wrong. Turns out politics is all about multitasking as the federal representative for my area is Hon Steven Ciobo MP(Aph.gov.au, 2016). I wanted to listen to some of Hon Steven Ciobo’s, his last on was Thursday, 17 March 2016, however like many other speeches in government I found it boring due to me having no interest in ‘ways to expand and strengthen our economic relationship with Indonesia (Ciobo, 2016)‘ and due to me having little knowledge about the speech I decided it would be unsuitable for me to tell him that I did not enjoy the speech.
With all this talk about politics I decided to see what was happening across the pound in the land of the supposedly free. President Obama is known for his online communication so I decided to see what was going on in his life today.
Apparently the Senate obstructionists are not doing their jobs, and if the president is saying that you’re not doing you’re job, you are definitely not doing you’re job, so I thought I would lend a hand by signing his e-petition(Obama, 2016), I also tweeted him about the importance of freedom on the internet (Clark, 2016).
@BarackObama What's your view on importance of freedom on the internet? I think it's important but needs to be monitored for safety #AUS
Now down to the nitty-gritty of this week, Censorship. Censorship is basically the suppression of anything that is considered offensive, politically incorrect, dangerous/harmful or sensitive as determined by the government or higher parties (Gilc.org, 2016), but what role does censorship have online.
On March 21, 2006 The Australian Labor Party announced it intention to implement ISPs censorship of the nation’s Internet through their “Clean Feed” proposal. Basically the proposal addresses a mandatory nation wide internet censorship defined under the National Classification Scheme as Refused Classification. This “includes child sexual abuse imagery, bestiality, sexual violence, detailed instruction in crime, violence or drug use and/or material that advocates the doing of a terrorist act (whilrpool, 2016).” This to me sounds like a great idea, it’s just ridding the internet of anything that shouldn’t already be accessed. However after further researching i began questioning the terms or the proposal, does this mean all factual and statistic information on these topics would be removed too? What other repercussions would this cause the nation’s internet users? The answer, the negatives of this proposal outweigh the positives.
“The ideals of a representative democratic society oppose censorship;”
“Australians have demonstrated they do not want it – only around 12.5 per cent of the Australian households with dependent children and an internet connection tried the free PC filters when the Government was distributing them and fewer than one per cent of these households continue to use their filters.;”
“Blacklisted sites are kept secret from the Australian public;”
Any blacklist would need to be distributed to all ISPs in Australia, and will provide anyone a concentrated list of the ‘worst of the worst’ web pages when leaked;”
It introduces delay and declined performance in internet traffic;”
It will increase the cost of broadband;”
Imagine if the nation had slower internet then it already does, it would be impossible to do anything. However the main issue is the democracy factor, many Australians enjoy living her because of its democratic ways however by forcing this censorship would just be a blatant disregard of that, which would just cause more issues for the government due to the nation’s response. Luckily for now the proposal has not been passed.
Speaking of slow internet the National Broadband Network is in the beginning phase of rolling out a new network. The process is set to take three years to complete “it is being built to provide you with access to the fastest possible internet service (data and phone) wherever you live (Exetel.com.au, 2016).” If you want to check when work will start in your area you can ‘click here’.
Social media what is it? In my own words social media is generally an online platform where you and others can communicate by creating and sharing content through text posts or picture messaging. I came to this definition by drawing on my prior knowledge of being born in the technological era, like many others my age (18) we all had it drilled into our brain at a very young age that the internet is NOT a safe place and we need to be careful with who we choose to connect with.
After countless cyber safety sessions and privacy settings talks I still find myself in many online community’s communicating with complete strangers, but I feel that due to this information being given to me at such a young age I know what warning signs to look for. This brings me to this week’s task, we have been asked to create an online survey regarding the aspect of social media however we could choose to investigate any angle, I choose to go down the privacy path, how cyber safe are people really being on social media today?
I launched my own personal survey with ten different questions revolving around demographics and personal privacy in social media, 36 people participated and below are the results.
After sending out the survey link on my personal Facebook page I knew I would get the majority of responses in the 18-24 age category however by factoring in the different age demographics it allowed room to compare the results.
The majority of people who participated in the survey revealed their gender as female this aids to my question of, how cyber safe are people really being on social media today. It’s a common issue that females have to be safer online with their privacy but with their general lifestyle too (Power to Change, 2016). Ppredators aren’t the only negative aspect online there is also the standards set by media that is generally unattainable for women of any size (Storify, 2016)(MISrepresentation of Women in the Media, 2016)(Williams, 2016).
These results show that the majority of participants are in high school or university while the rest still remain in a category, excluding the others where one person is retired and another is actively looking for employment.
This question surprised me the most, I am personally on social media 24/7, however from the sample surveyed it shows that gross amount of people only spent about 2-5 hours a day on social media during the day. When relating this to the previous question it makes sense as most people are either studying or working daily, which also says something about the supposed work ethic or lack there of in this generation.
The most common social media was Facebook by far with all but 2 voting for it, followed closely behind by Snapchat and Instagram. In this weeks class discussion we were trying to figure out why Facebook is still so prominent, and came to the conclusion that it has ability to adapt to the latest trends and buy out competitors due to the size of the media giant. However with its steadily decrease in popularity among you people and teens many say the giant won’t last forever (Adweek.com, 2016).
Privacy is a huge issue in society (Protalinski, 2016), it’s a common fact but when we have that knowledge in mind why aren’t more people who were surveyed in the extremely secure category? It seems that even with this information a lot of people believe that their privacy could be better however don’t feel the need to change it.
Although most participants were saying that their privacy wasn’t as good as it could be only four people revealed that one of their social media accounts had been hacked. That’s 88% of people surveyed who have strong enough privacy settings to not be at risk of hacking. If you’re concerned about hacking, be sure to use my google search tips from my previous blogs, otherwise click here(Facebook, 2016) for a Facebook help community.
These results are both positive and negative. Positive because people know the proper measurements that they need to take in order to ensure their social media account is a safe environment for themselves, however my tutor Belinda was saying in class that its only a matter of searching on google ‘how to be unblocked on Facebook‘(Google.com.au, 2016) and hundreds of results pop up full of different solutions.
Another negative is that the fact that people have to block others due to personal safety. We all know the world is a dangerous place, however with the majority of people having to block someone and that same majority of survey participants being female it’s a wonder how many females had to block predators.
The vast majority haven’t felt the need to deactivate their social media accounts before which is extremely positive because no one should have that much power of you that it causes you to change your lifestyle. The one person that did say yes stated that they did it for a social media cleanse not for personal safety concerns, the main issue here is the sometimes. Six people said that they sometimes feel the need to deactivate which is an issue.
“Under the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) it is an offence to use the internet, social media or a telephone to menace, harass or cause offence (Acorn.gov.au, 2016).”
Almost 40% of people surveyed have experienced cyber bullying, this is an extremely large number as this survey was on such a small-scale. Considering the cyber bullying results and the blocking results in question 8 it’s a wonder if people are blocking cyber bullies as well as predators.
These results have been insightful especially when asking how cyber safe are people really being on social media today? The data shows that people are definitely aware of the dangers of the social media world, however are still displaying the knowledge that they know what to do in order to stop or cease any safety concerns when they are active. This survey has been a success in reinforcing my idea that people are aware of the dangers of social media however have been given enough knowledge to know the boundaries and where not to cross.
Hey cyber people, before we go any further into this weeks post I highly encourage you get into the mindset of the Internet and Cyberpunk! The movie is called ‘Blade Runner’(Warnerbros.com, 2016), I highly encourage the watch to ensure you get the most out of this blog post, click ‘here’(Putlocker.is, 2016)to watch.
Definition: “A means of connecting a computer to any other computer anywhere in the world via dedicated routers and servers. When two computers are connected over the Internet, they can send and receive all kinds of information such as text, graphics, voice, video, and computer programs (Dictionary.com, 2016).” Something most of us use every day, the simple idea of opening up a browser and typing something into a search engine is second nature to 2nd graders let alone a researcher or university student. However little of us know about the origins or the development of the internet, we know that today anyone can access it with a mobile phone or computer but in the past this concept seemed almost trivial.
An article on Neon Dystopia describes Cyberpunk as: “a sub-genre of science fiction that features advanced science and technology in an urban, dystopian future. On one side you have powerful mega-corporations and private security forces, and on the other you have the dark and gritty underworld of illegal trade, gangs, drugs, and vice. In between all of this is politics, corruption, and social upheaval (Neon Dystopia, 2016).” I believe nothing simplifies the idea of Cyberpunk then the saying of ‘high tech in a low life,’ or in other words the futures technology in the post apocalypse environment, minimal resources and lighting however advanced knowledge. But who came to terms with the idea of this life, when was it created and by who?
This week I have created a timeline that combine both the Internet and Cyberpunk creation into one format, ‘The creation of Internet introduction of Cyberpunk’(Clark, 2016). It goes into a brief history on the creation of both Cyber Punk and the Internet, it is truly an interesting read so feel free to check it out.