It is not a secret that nowadays digital media have become such an important part of our everyday life that have the ability to influence our emotions and thoughts in a great extent. Unfortunately there is increasing evidence -relatively to the emotional sphere- that the percentages of teenagers with suicidal tendencies are rising every day and a Continue reading “Suicidal Tendencies And Online Media”
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”
Since 2009, Greece has been experiencing a fast growing economic downfall, which has deeply affected the psychology of Greeks. Unemployment rates increased tremendously leaving many people, previously occupied with a job, being currently unemployed and not being able to meet their responsibilities or even pay for their most basic necessities. On the other hand, young graduates do not have the opportunity to find a job and grow their talents. As a result, they are either lead to migration or to an underpaid job, if any. Taxation is rapidly increasing causing inflation in prices for the customers and reduced turnover for the businesses. Greece is not anymore viewed as an attractive country to invest and grow a business, as there is high political instability. Within only one year (2015), 3 elections took place in Greece; 2 governmental and the referendum elections that were held during July imposing the capital controls that are still applicable up until today.
As digital media and their extend use evolve from just a trend and a medium to a stable communication and informative field, a need for an evolution to journalism ethics too becomes urgent. Since the beginning of 20th century the do’s and don’ts for every journalist have been quite clear. But what about now? Blogging, vlogging and even a simple share on a social media platform as Facebook, can be more popular than a professional article in a newspaper.
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?”
More social than ever, more indifferent than before. True or false? Digital media have conquered our world and everyday life, leaving us exposed to central sociological issues, taboos and unsolved problems of the past two or three decades. This is the fact that we have to handle in this new Era that has risen. Will we seize the opportunity of exposure to give a solution to these issues? Or will we press the skip button and continue our digital life, hanging national flags one day and articles about “annoying refugees” the other? Continue reading “Social Issues in a Digital Era”
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”