Google has been asked to apply the users’ right to be forgotten by removing them from the search results. Individuals require privacy in their lives but do not necessarily enjoy that right on the internet. Internet users are encouraged to set their privacy setting on each platform. Do all platforms offer the same privacy options? Would that be enough to ensure people have control over their online presence/reputation? What happens to their information when they pass away? There is clearly room for more regulation with regards to internet privacy and internet user protection.
Social media networks works as traditional Social networks at a higher speed and a deeper influence. This TED talk displays the dynamics of traditional social groups and how sharing our lives within a network shapes who we are and what we aim to be.
As social media users we are responsible of the environment we create through our actions, interactions and feedback. Even when clicking on a video on Youtube, whether you like it or not, your view is added to other views to rate that video higher in popularity. The same goes for Facebook pages, even if you are against an idea, you could like the page just because you want to discuss and convince others about your point of view. This will still make this page a popular one. Clearly, each click, even on the unwanted side, matters. This leads us to think that we, as social media users, have this amazing power to promote or destroy ideas and people which in turn slowly but surely changes our world. Yes! Social Media users are changing the world, at least, the way we perceive it and that’s a fact. Social media is now considered a source for traditional media stories while a decade ago it was rather the opposite.
Now, how we shape our world is in our hands as a global entity. The challenge with giving a global entity so much power in defining our world is that the ‘ruling will be for the fittest’ in the absence of a global ethical code that protects the human morals we worked so hard to achieve. The fittest can be defined as the richest, the most able to influence and the hungriest and these definitions are never good news for humanity as we know it.
Pay close attention to your social media interactions; they are more likely shaping your grand-kids lives…
We are slowly, consciously or unconsciously, replacing regular activities with activities linked to social media. We may think that we can add a virtual aspect to our lives, but in reality, social media isn’t an addition but is rather a substitution. Think of it as pouring sand in a glass of water, the sand does not ‘coexist’ with the water. It soaks it in.
Another important aspect of social media is that it transforms the way we live outside of it. This happens when a bike ride around the city becomes an opportunity to post Instagram pictures of your city. Hobbies, passions or even simple daily activities are now sharable content that is created to appeal to a wider network, wider than just ourselves or our direct circle of family and friends as it used to be.
Are we more into activities that could make a sharable content rather than a genuine (sometimes boring) activity where we seek our own exclusive satisfaction? Is social media revealing our vital need for attention, praise and appreciation?
Our permanent mobile and internet access makes us all connected but alone. Being connected is changing our social values and shapes our emotions. Our ability to be alone is necessary but is being transformed to a weakness. This well informed testimonial showcases results of studies and a well informed and professional input. An excellent talk!
Mark W Schaefer covers this topic in this Blog Post
If you’re reading this post you have at least a twitter account and whether you’re an active user or not, you contribute to the expansion of social media. Looking at comparative pictures displaying a family dinner in say the 80s’ and family gatherings in the social media era, we quickly notice a major addition in the scene. Mobile devices revolution made it possible for everyone to stay connected with friends and with the world wide web all day long. It is no surprise nowadays to have four people in a room and no interactions at all.
Have you ever thought that by taking part in social media interactions you could be promoting fewer direct human to human interactions? I hope this will not stop us from sharing interesting content on the web or communicating with our digital network but rather prompt us to reflect of what is important in our lives. Without a plan for why, how and when to use social media, we should be prepared to a major revolution in lifestyles and in social values and interactions. Are we prepared for such a change?