ON-LINE LIFE

A summary of how the on-line life is part of my life.

PART OF MY LIFE

Being on-line is the thing that I do the most in my actual life. And I do it for different purposes, like entertaining, school or to search information. Inside the entertainment part, the main activity that I do is social networking, I use almost all the apps, I love to be on social stuff, I use Whatsapp, as the one to keep in contact with the people in Spain, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Ask.fm, Snapchat, Vine and a bunch more. They are addictive, the more you use them, the more addicted you beome. The main side effects of using the social networking are that you become introverted, less social and obsessed with it.

Another famous effect is the FOMO, or Fear of Missing Out. Since I came to Canada, I realized what the FOMO is. I have noticed that every time that something I know is going on in my city, I start paying more and more attention to my social networks because they keep me on touch about what is happening. The first month that I was here, I broke my phone, so I did not have any way to communicate with my family other than when I was at school. In that time I felt a feeling that I have never felt before, I felt I was alone, without anybody, and it was just because I did not have a cell phone all the time with me, since then I have realized how much importance the new technologies have in our life.

Referring to school, I am on-line because it gives me advantages that I would not have being off-line, like communicating with the teacher out of the school time or do my work outside of my school, this is possible thanks to programs like Google Classroom, D2L, Google Drive....

I get a lot of information from the on-line world as well. Also some social networking, like Facebook and Twitter are part of this topic, because they give me some quick news as well s interesting stuff, but I also use on-line newspapers whenever I want to know something extensive.

MAIN APPS THAT I USE

SIDE EFFECTS OF USING ON-LINE LIFE

On-line life must be used in a really careful way, because it is a really powerful tool, but if you do not know how to use it, it can has really bad consequences.

Whatever you do on-line is going to be recorded forever somewhere, even when we do not know it. On-line we have no privacy, because everything is controlled.

As it lasts forever, it could become public whenever and it will have repercussions on our future, because nowadays, a lot of places are hiring people that what they do is look for your information on-line and if you have ever done anything bad and it is on-line they will find it and it will bring those consequences.

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CANADIAN AND SPANISH USE

As an exchange student I have had the opportunity to appreciate the differences between how Canadian and Spanish teenagers use the on-line world.

SPANISH

In Spain, people are more careful about the stuff they post. The pictures on Instagram have been edited before posting and the twits on Twitter are always trying to to make up the idea that you have the perfect life. In Spain, there is no text by SMS, everybody uses Whatsapp (one of the apps that appears up), which requires data.

The participation on the on-line world starts in an early age, usually somewhere areound 12-14 years. After that, it becomes more and more usual to see teenagers with mobile phone. We spend a lot of time on our phones, but that does not stop our communication process, which I think it is good because I am always in favour of the social networking but only if that does not stop the communication between people.

In conclusion, we could say that the Spanish people have more an artificial participation on-line in which everything is perfect and you do not have bad pictures or moments.

CANADIAN

In Canada, I have found that people do not care that much about what they post on-line. The cases of hacked "nudes" (pictures where the people appear naked) become more and more usual every single day, because people send them without care. In Canada, they do not usually know about WhatsApp so they use mainly text by SMS.

The participation on the on-line world starts around 12-14 year as well as in Spain. One difference between Canada and Spain is that in Canada the time that they spend on their phone it does stop the process of communication, reaching the point in where I am against the social networking.

In conclusion, the participation in the on-line world of the Canadian people is more natural and careless, which I do not think it's worst, the problem is that it requires more caution, and sometimes the people do not have it.