- Internet & the Web
Are people too attached to their cell's and social networking?
How quickly things have changed.
Summer is over and we are more than half-way through 2012 already, and times are tougher than they ever have been. Husbands cheating on there wives or vice versa is more rampant (to the point of it being the new norm) than ever before in this country's history. With a 57% divorce rate in America right now. Even if your not married but are thinking about it, studies are showing that your significant other may already have someone on the side. I would think that our new age of technology has a lot to do with that, or maybe not.
The world we now live in.
We have social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace,LinkedIn and Twitter; just to name a few. We have a thousand and one different dating sites to chose from, and not all of them are made for just single people. Some cater specifically to married men and women. You can even surf most of these sites on your smart-phone and your husband or wife will never find out. Now I know that these sites have some great uses to like finding old friends or school mates that we lost touch with years ago, but the underside is how addicted we have become to these sites! It seems like not an hour can go bye for some people before they have to make a status update from there phone to Facebook. The need to play "Farmville" at all hours of the day, your hooked and need some help. Sometimes these people are even driving and leaving messages or Twittering and this of course is leading to a great increase in accidents which has led to the increase in fines or even jail for being on the phone while driving. About 15 states now have anti-cell phone laws in place with most states having large fines if caught or a night in jail. I have even read about a women twittering about giving birth, while she was giving birth! I mean if that's not addition, then I really don't know what is.
There are a lot of questions.
Why are people becoming so addicted to these forms of communications? Why are we becoming so dependent on technology? What exactly is it that is drawing us ever closer to a world of self-isolation? How will future technology affect our way of life? Does technology need to be in every facet of our lives? These are questions that we should be asking and answering. We should be more focused as well on how all of this is affecting our childeren.
What is funny is I know some people who use to go out every night and just hang out, have fun no matter what it was. The kind of people who enjoy the here and now. Just living life. Now, they stay in front of a computer screen talking to people they never met and brag about having a thousand friends (most of whom they don't actually know). If we keep going down this path of self-isolation, we will totally lose sight of our identities as individuals.
06/18/12 I just love how Facebook fell flat on it's face when it decided to release it's IPO on the NYSE! I bet somewhere down the road information will come out about some kind of insider activity or some sort of illegal scheme. They are blaming it on a "glitch" in the Nasdaq system. SURE!!!
Enough time has now gone by to see what a bad decision this was. This is why MySpace never did this.
There is also a new "Networking Score Analysis" called "Klout". It combines all of the social networking sites together to come up with how much you influence others. There are "perks" for using this site as well. A company can go on there and, if your score is high enough, give you free movie tickets, or free dinner. It is still in it's beta stage, but this is an interesting idea.
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