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Ross 1 Josiah Ross Dr. Sarbin 03/23/2016 Synthesis In today’s world, people heavily rely on technology. Technology is used in everyday life and it seems that people would not be able to survive nowadays without technology. Some people will say that the heavy use of technology is not a good thing. Normally those are the old fashioned type of people. Others would say that the advancements in technology is a great thing and see nothing wrong with its heavy reliance. As a child of technology, I know of its importance. Therefore, I personally see nothing wrong with the usage of technology, if it is in fact used correctly and a steady balance between the virtual land and reality. In “Growing up Tethered” by Sherry Turkle, she explains how she feels that people, especially younger people, grow up in today’s world rely way too much on technology. It seems like they cannot even live without it. Through technology, there is plenty of websites and apps that allow people to network and communicate with others that may not be close in distance. The problem is that people tend to be too attached and also not very truthful when it comes to social media. In the article, Turkle uses the story of a fourteen year old girl by the name Mona. When Mona finally got the chance to join Facebook, she said that she immediately felt empowerment. As she created her account, she kept editing her account to make herself seem more interesting. This is a problem that can be associated with technology. It comes to a point where people would Ross 2 much rather be their virtual characters instead of their actual selves and they become addicted. Though it is good to network with people from around the world, people tend to be antisocial when it comes to reality. This problem can be traced back to some people’s personal insecurities. If they do not like themselves or if they are bullied for certain things, technology can be their escape. Sometimes they even use the virtual world to bully others about their personal insecurities. It gives them a sense of empowerment or it just helps them cope with their personal problems. Then they eventually get addicted and would much rather be in their virtual world because they feel like they are more valued and accepted. It is sometimes noticeable that people today, especially younger people, prefer to be on their phones at social events than to actual mingle with the people that are physically at the event. In “When Your Smartphone Is Too Smart for Your Own Good: How Social Media Alters Human Relationships” by Lori Ann Wagner, the article states, “Youth today have not had to learn how to initiate or carry on conversations because they can retreat back to their smartphones, and they never had to tolerate being bored enough to initiate conversations because a video game or text session is always available.”(Wagner p.116). This quote basically explains how young people do not have the same social skills as people of the last generation because there is no need to because of them being so attached to technology. Even when it comes to relationships. Nowadays, instead of talking it out facetoface, people would much rather text each other. That is an example of what Turkle meant about emotional detachment. Instead of being facetoface to talk to someone, people would much rather hide behind an electrical device. While Turkle does have a compelling argument about some of the negative things about the heavy usage of technology these days, it does not mean that technology in itself is not an Ross 3 incredible tool. Without the dramatic advancements in technology, where would the world be today? Technology has served a major impact. It has made major contributions in improving education, medical advances, and global communications. The critique of today’s technology is the excessive use of social media and other entertainment sources. While Turkle was stating that technology causes emotional detachment, Jane McGonigal believes the total opposite. In “Becoming Part of Something Bigger than Ourselves,” McGonigal uses a reference to a videogame called Halo 3. She explains how the players were excited that they all contributed in reaching a goal of 10 billion kills. They created blogs and other internet sources to discuss how proud they were about reaching the goal. That in itself shows that through all of the players working together by sharing tips on how to get more kills, shows emotional attachment. They felt a sense of accomplishment even though it was just a videogame that virtually means nothing. As a personal gamer, videogames bring a different aspect upon life. It is a way to interact with others and working together in order to complete the mission. Ultimately, this could help in everyday life, especially in the workforce. It is inevitable that one has to be able to cooperate with coworkers in order to keep a job. Therefore, playing a videogame can help boost that skill. Though social media has its flaws when it comes to people using it incorrectly, it still has a positive impact on the world. Social media gives people the opportunity to network with others whether it is for business reasons or to simply keep in touch with a distant relative. It is inevitable to mention the fact that some people do in fact use it for all of the wrong reasons, but as a whole, it can be extremely impactful. One main thing that goes unnoticed is how one is able to raise awareness through social media. If it was not for the internet, people today would not be as aware as they are now about things like diseases, domestic violence, police brutality, etc. Ross 4 There is also an impactful website named GoFundMe. This websites allows people who are not able to afford certain things from getting a prom dress to getting a new heart. In today’s world, sometimes it can be hard to find someone who can relate to the same personal struggles that one may have. The internet allows people to network in order to find someone that they can vent to and also reach out to them if they share the same struggle. This allows websites and phone lines to help suicide prevention or give advice to someone who may be going through mental and physical abuse. Social media can save lives. In “Social media and disasters: a functional framework for social media use in disaster planning, response, and research,” Brian J. Houston states: Much of this optimism is based on social media characteristics that are said to provide advantages over traditional media (such as newspapers, radio, television) for disaster communication. For instance, Jaeger et al. (2007) note that compared to traditional media, web based social media technologies are characterized by greater capacity, dependability, and interactivity, each of which may be advantageous for disaster communication. In addition, Mills et al. (2009, pp. 12–13) assert that an ideal emergency communication system is a lowcost, easytouse, scalable, mobile, reliable, and fast network that provides capacity for onetomany communication, includes useful information, and has GIS (geographic information systems) capacity and visualization tools. Social media normally have many of these characteristics. This quote is explaining the advantages of social media when it comes to natural disasters and even other global crises. The fact is that social media websites and other apps are faster and more efficient than a newspaper. In the world of social media, one may find out about something bad Ross 5 happening before the news even reports it. Currently, news stations and even government agencies are using social media because they know that it does work more efficiently. One could even find the presidential candidates using Twitter in order to appeal to the younger population in order to receive more votes. The use of technology continues to be a controversial topic. Some people think that it is not the best thing to be involved in social media because of some of the negativity that results from it. The argument for that is the fact that it is not the website itself, but the people who are using it. As explained before, the use of technology and social media can be so beneficial. It gives individuals the opportunity to learn new things and meet new people. The internet in itself provides opportunities for people to educate themselves about new places and cultures. In “Branding in the Age of Social Media,” Douglas Holt states: Social media has expanded and democratized these subcultures. With a few clicks, you can jump into the center of any subculture, and participants’ intensive interactions move seamlessly among the web, physical spaces, and traditional media. Together members are pushing forward new ideas, products, practices, and aesthetics—bypassing massculture gatekeepers. With the rise of crowd culture, cultural innovators and their early adopter markets have become one and the same. This means that the internet allows people to learn about new customs and cultures in order to create new ideas. The truth is, technology plays an impactful role on today’s society. It is used for global communication, social media, entertainment, education, medicine, etc. If it was not for the technological advances of today, what would the world be like? Technology allows us to raise awareness about problems around the world that individuals may not have known about. Ross 6 Social media permits us to use that to our advantage and spread awareness in order to have a huge impact on someone’s life. Therefore, I believe that the use of technology in today’s world is beneficial if used the right way in order to educate and help others, or just for entertainment purposes. Works Cited Holt, Douglas. "Branding In The Age Of Social Media." Harvard Business Review 94.3 (2016): 4050. Business Source Complete. Web. 20 Mar. 2016. Houston, J Brian. "Social Media And Disasters: A Functional Framework For Social Media Use In Disaster Planning, Response, And Research." Disasters 39.1 (2015): 122. medline. Web. 20 Mar. 2016. McGonigal, Jane. "Becoming Part of Something Bigger Than Ourselves." From Inquiry to Academic Writing: A Text and Reader. 3rd Ed. Ed. Stuart Greene and April Lidinsky. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2015. 44457. Print. 15 Feb. 2016. Turkle, Sherry. “Growing Up Tethered.” From Inquiry to Academic Writing: A Text and Reader. rd 3 Ed. Ed. Stuart Greene and April Lidinsky. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2015. 429 42. Print. 10 Feb. 2016. Wagner, Lori Ann. "When Your Smartphone Is Too Smart For Your Own Good: How Social Media Alters Human Relationships." The Journal Of Individual Psychology 71.2 (2015): 114121. PsycINFO. Web. 22 Mar. 2016.
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