Media and social media
Media and social media
What is the difference?
What is the difference?
Both words mean that it is a way to communicate with others, but it are rather vague terms. I don't think that I can correctly define what it means.
Social media is a part of the media nowadays and many people use the media to influence others. It is the best way to reach people.
I don't think that you can say that social media and the media are so different. You can only see a bit of the world at the time, in other words, people influence you all the time.
Social media binoculars By Glen Carrie - Public Domain licensed.
Social media similar to (or is) a drug and can be bad for your health.
Social media pills By Marc Schaefer - Public Domain licensed.
Around one-third of humans on the planet are using social media, and some of these people are displaying maladaptive, excessive use of these sites.
- Dar Meshi (lead author and assistant professor at MSU)
You can find many research papers about why it is like a drug. I just selected two of those.
Research source: Excessive social media users demonstrate impaired decision making in the Iowa Gambling Task
Authors: Dar B Meshi and Anastassia Elizarova and Andrew R. Bender and Antonio Verdejo-Garcia;
Published in: Journal of behavioral addictions;
Another related research paper: Social Networking Sites and Addiction: Ten Lessons Learned
Authors: Daria J. Kuss and Mark D. Griffiths;
Published in: International journal of environmental research and public health;
There is also research on the positive sides of social networking. Someone who uses a social networking site might be more likely to avoid serious psychological distress according to this research paper. WARNING this site contains proprietary or unlicensed JS!
Keep in mind that I don't see social networking as social media. Social networking is just communicating with each-other, something like IRC, video-chatting or chatting. Social media is the full thing which usually includes media.
That research might have shown you, why social media is probably not healthy and addicting, but it has even more disadvantages.
Many of these issues are also present in the media. I already mentioned that they are pretty alike. My focus is on the social media issue, but the media is very alike. You can even argue that social media is a part of the media.
It usually contains a lot of propaganda and lies. It can contain some truths as well, but many also believe the lies, since they don't have the time or are too lazy to do some research.
People actually get paid to promote stuff. Social media is still a marketing tool.
People don't know what they accept
Many people, including kids don't read the extreme policies which you accept by making a social media account.Some policies of the popular Facebook network say:
- Nothing you do on Facebook is private. They may use all the information which they receive about you. That includes things which you haven't done yet.
They also collect information about things which you do after you leave the website;
- They may use your identity and can use it in ads;
- Deleted content is not really deleted;
- They may use your data for many purposes;
- They may give your data to "partners";
Keep in mind that this isn't even everything. I recommend the "Terms of Service; Didn’t Read" add-on if you want to see the Terms of Service in a more readable format.
Terms of Service; Didn’t Read
This extension informs you instantly of your rights online by showing an unintrusive icon in the toolbar. You can click on this icon to get summaries from the Terms of Service; Didn't Read initiative.
You can waste a lot of your valuable time on social media
Your time is valuable. Life’s short. Don't let social media eat your time, many people don't realize how much time social media actually takes. Not much (if even anything) is worth living a life that you wouldn’t like. Nothing is worth putting aside what you have always wanted to be.
It is like a drug
The research papers are probably enough proof, but they probably consciously know what they are doing and that makes it worse.
Applications are often made to be addicting and social media is no exception. Sean Parker, a early Facebook investor noticed those things. Many people noticed it.
It’s a social-validation feedback loop... exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you’re exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology. The inventors, creators — it's me, it's Mark, it's Kevin Systrom on Instagram, it's all of these people — understood this, consciously. And we did it anyway.
- Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook ( invidio.us )