Social Media

1. What is Social Media?

Social media is the collective of online communications channels dedicated to community based input, interaction, content-sharing and collaboration. Some prominent examples of Social Media are Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Pinterest. This was last updated in July 2014. Contributor(s): Ivy Wigmore. Posted by: Margaret Rouse.

2. Does social media affect communication?

tudies have shown that people actually are becoming more social and more interactive with others, but the style of that communication has changed so that we’re not meeting face-to-face as often as we used to. “There has been a shift in the way we communicate; rather than face-to-face interaction, we’re tending to prefer mediated communication,” says Paul Booth, PhD, an assistant professor of media and cinema studies in the College of Communication at DePaul University in Chicago. “We’d rather e-mail than meet; we’d rather text than talk on the phone.” By Maura Keller Social Work Today

3. How does social media affect teens?

When they're not doing their homework, and when they are they're online and on their phones, texting, sharing, trolling, scrolling, you name it. Of course the other big danger that comes from kids communicating more indirectly is that it has gotten easier to be cruel. "Kids text all sorts of things that you would never in a million years contemplate saying to anyone's face," says Dr. Donna Wick, a clinical and developmental psychologist who runs Mind to Mind Parent. She notes that this seems to be especially true of girls, who typically don't like to disagree with each other in "real life." Rachel Ehmke Senior Writer

4. How does Social Media affect education?

Social Media can have a negative and positive effect on education. Negative effects can be students are having a harder time getting to communicate face to face with people, and are losing their people skills, due to that they are spending more and more time talking from behind a screen. The attention to details, attention to pronunciation and grammar, has declined drastically, due to that most of the communication that happens online is not proper. Positive effects can be social media did make the world a smaller place, now we have more information, more knowledge, and have better opportunities to use it. Social media improved our ability to absorb information, what would have seemed to be over whelming to someone 20 years ago is normal to us, we have an extreme ease in processing and we are evolving quickly.

5. How can social media ruin a person’s life?

Social media provides a dangerous (and false) sense of anonymity. Everything is public. Privacy is an illusion. Facebook is a stalker's dream. While transparency is certainly a value of our current culture, and it's well warranted, too much transparency can get you into serious trouble. By Brandon A. Cox, CP Guest Contributor