The Ethical Issues of Social Media

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Social media use is divided to the purely personal communication with friends and family and to the purely professional communication with colleagues and customers (Boyd, 2007).  The blending of public/private lives, discussions relating to ethical use of social media can quickly lead into unending web of controversies (Vallor, 2015). Continue reading “The Ethical Issues of Social Media”

Social Media and Depression

As years pass by, more and more people engage into social media. In response to that, new platforms are constantly created in order to better respond to consumer’s emerging needs and trends (e.g. Snapchat, Tinder etc.). In essence, studies reveal that as of 2016 there had been 10% growth in the number of active social media users and 17% growth in the number of active mobile social media users as well (Chaffey, 2016). Together with that, the number of people diagnosed with depression increases by 20% each year (Healthline, 2012). Of course, many reasons hold responsibility regarding that issue, such as the economic downfall and unemployment. However, it is interesting to take a deeper look into the way social media affect mental well-being. Continue reading “Social Media and Depression”

Social Media is all about Ego

With regard to the effects and implications of social media on one’s psychology, it is important that we examine the way we behave in the online versus the offline world, and question our motives and beliefs that drive us to act so.

Social media do feed our ego. In fact, research reveals that 9% of the time we spend on Facebook is actually viewing our own profile page.

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Democracy, Freedom and Social Networking Services

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In the beginning of the 21st century, new media, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube began to transform the social, political and informational habits of individuals and institutions all over the world. Due to the rapid changes of social networking technologies, this phenomenon needs more attention, because the number of human beings initiate and/or maintain virtually every type of ethically significant social bond or role is being reshaped: friend-to-friend, parent-to-child, co-worker-to co-worker, employer-to-employee, to offer just a partial list. Furthermore, the ethical implications of these technologies are not strictly interpersonal. Continue reading “Democracy, Freedom and Social Networking Services”

Social Media and Apathy to Human Suffering

Apart from the ethical implications of the digital world demonstrated previously, Web 2.0 and social media have also changed radically the way we perceive and react to human suffering. This idea came into my mind after being exposed repetitively to harassing content that could be found freely, even into my Facebook news feed. After all, I came up to realize that I cannot anymore be as easily shocked as I could have been in the past. We are exposed to violence, murder, crime, terrorism, death and so on that much, we are finally ending up acting indifferent towards what is going on around us. Below, you may  easily identify 2 tragedies that we e-witnessed during 2016. Continue reading “Social Media and Apathy to Human Suffering”

Digital Media Use and Political Participation

Digital Media Use and Political Participation

Taking a glance at the recent past, observing The Arab Spring in 2011 as well as the 2008 and 2012 Obama campaigns, we may see an increase in how social media can affect citizens as it considers the issue of participation in political life. Nowadays Social media have become a very important part of every day public life and communication. Continue reading “Digital Media Use and Political Participation”