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”

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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”

The Sociological Perspective of Social Media

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The global system of networked computers known as the Internet has changed many features of modern society and social interaction. The online distribution and promotion of goods and services, for example, has influenced most of the companies and has radically transformed them. Together with the commerce-oriented technological improvement (e-commerce) has been an increase in what has been called “social media.”  The greatest improvement related to social media is the rise of social network sites (SNSs), such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google Plus. Even though SNSs first introduced in 1997, they became a “viral” phenomenon in 2003. A few years later, many of people of all ages around the world have joined SNSs (Anderson & Bernoff, 2010). At the very beginning of this phenomenon, terms varied widely with the compatible use of “social networking sites,” “online social networks” or even simply, “social networks” to refer to a diffuse and sometimes doubtful, range of sites and services (Ellison et al., 2013).   Continue reading “The Sociological Perspective of Social Media”

The Adverse Effects of Social Media: how do they affect our mental health and well-being?

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There has been a great anxiety over the last two decades about the link between social media use and psychological issues caused by the usage. According to the Office for National Statistics (see Figure 1 below), on 2011 to 2012 in UK 7% of children reported spending over 3 hours on a social media platform on a typical school day. Despite research results showed a connection between increased social media use in the young people population and increased psychological problems in the same population, it is blurred how social media use may be related with these changes. Continue reading “The Adverse Effects of Social Media: how do they affect our mental health and well-being?”

Ethics and the New Media

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The new digital media platforms are rich with opportunities and risks, mostly for young people. Through internet, young people are participating in a range of activities, including social networking, blogging, vlogging, gaming, instant messaging, downloading music/movies and other content, uploading and sharing their own creations, and collaborating with others in various ways. Continue reading “Ethics and the New Media”