Social Networking Devices and Programs: Affecting People

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Social networking devices and programs are used at every time of the day,for everything from sending friends school notes to posting a picture of your food at chipotle. As social networking devices grows so will the various ways people can use it therefore people will use it more often.In Nielsen's annual Social Media report the United States spent 121 billion minutes on social media sites in July 2012 alone, that's 388 minutes or 6 ½ hours per person (1). Thats a quarter of the day spent “socializing”. Social networking devices and programs being a major part of life could affect people in a negative way or positive. It could affect us psychologically either causing issues or possibly helping and the people that use it aren’t only teens using social devices and programs many adults and young children use social networking devices also. The negative effects social networking devices and programs could have on a person aren’t just isolation and no real life experience it more than that. Its lack of critical thinking, lack of effort, and the way social devices and programs are depicted is as if its the most important need to have thing in the world. The commercials and ads present social devices and programs as things that every person needs to have, therefore mentally setting up a person to having to meet this standard and if you dont then they are beneath everyone who has the new social device. The news is no longer about us but about the big new computational product that is greater than us” (Vaidyanathan, 45) . The way we think of stories,or world problems are not in full depth, we just look at the news hear a huge story think about it for a few seconds and then forget about it because it doesn’t affect our lives. This cause... ... middle of paper ... ... bad, but it will only keep growing and it is the responsibility of the users of social devices and programs to use it in ways that benefit others. Works Cited http://www.teenink.com/nonfiction/academic/article/482544/Negative-Effects-of-Technology-on-Society/ http://mydailyalerts.com/positive-negative-effects-technology-lives http://socialnetworking.procon.org/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9636862/Overexposure-to-technology-makes-children-miserable.html http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2287280/Social-Media-Use-By-Older-Americans-Has-Nearly-Tripled-Since-2009-Study http://www.pewinternet.org/fact-sheets/mobile-technology-fact-sheet/ https://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/9-ways-technology-affects-mental-health# http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/more-tech-support/201004/technology-and-mental-health-using-technology-improve-our-lives

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