While there are benefits that social media can have in the society, there is a clear indication that these sites also have negative roles in the community, thereby influencing a community in various ways.
Kiesbye, Stefan. Are Social Networking Sites Harmful? Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2011. Print.
Kiesbye questions the validity of using social networks to conduct day-to-day activities. This is because of the fact that the world of today has embraced social media as the means through which most of the activities are carried out. Some of the challenges that people experience as they use the media have raised so many questions to the researchers. Some have lost their lives while others exchange immoral ideas such as watching pornographic materials sent from friends or watching disturbing pictures of dead bodies posted by criminals, which disturbs people’s mind. Therefore, the writer explores some of these essential cases that help determine the authenticity of using these networks that sometimes result in agony for users.
Mandiberg, Michael. The Social Media Reader. New York: New York University Press, 2012. Print.
Michael in his book put more emphasis on the issue of social harm brought about by social media to the community. The future generation is at risk of moral decay predominant and spread through these platforms. Parents may sometimes be unaware of what the young ones do or who they communicate with when on the internet. They will only notice that something is not right when their children’s behaviors change over time. It may be too late to intervene.
Marsh, Kelly. “How Social Media Networks Can Affect Society Negatively.” Media News. Biz Community, 12 May 2012. Web. 3 Oct. 2015.
The article writer in the text shows how social media can affect a community. The writer’s notion is that social networking sites can affect an individual or groups of people especially when they are addicted to these sites, in which they misuse them. Her view is that the sites provide a platform that users can use to attack a person or a community, either through Facebook groups or through any social sites that many people access. The main ideas expressed by the writer concern how people could use social media to inflict pain on a community. She also highlights the effects that social media can have on a community. The writer strongly supports her view by stating the effects of the sites such as leakage of information, enabling people to understand the effects that these sites can have on a community, and also educating people how such platforms are used to cause damage to community reputation.
Marche, Stephen. “The Epidermic of Facelessness.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 14 Feb. 2015. Web. 17 Oct. 2015.
The author of this article argues that the more people spend more time on different social media sites; it may cause them to be physically separated from the rest of society. Thus, the writer laments that people are having fewer face-to-face interactions, a thing that may lead to dominance of a world without faces. He refers to humans hiding behind social media outlets as the world without faces. In addition, the author adds that individuals are excessive in their comments on social media sites and they think that they can say anything without considering the outcome, though in real sense we may find ourselves in trouble due to excessive comments. This source is relevant since it uses good examples to support its argument on how social media is becoming dominant and affecting communication within the society.
O’Keeffe, G. Schurgin, and Kathleen, Clarke-Pearson. The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Families.” Pediatrics 127.4 (2011): 800-4. Print.
This article is based on a clinical report by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The article talks about various positives and negatives that social media brings to the everyday lives of children, adolescents and families. The research does show that use of social media enables children and adolescents to foster socialization and communication skills by sharing ideas and volunteering at various events. The report further notes that cyber bullying is negatively affecting the life of most children apart from depression and sexting.
Wang, Leon, Shiro Uesugi, I-Hsien Ting, Koji Okuhara, and Kai Wang. Multidisciplinary Social Networks Research: Second International Conference, Misnc 2015, Matsuyama, Japan, September 1-3, 2015. Proceedings. 2015. Web.
The authors in this book illustrate the negative harm of social media on the society. Their notion is that the sudden outburst in internet technology has led to the emergency of various harmful pieces of software. This has led to the creation of virtual societies that are deemed to be harmful as they accelerate decay in the social values within societies. The views of the authors is that the outburst in internet technology, coupled with these social software has affected the communities since it has increased internet penetration giving room for internet based crime, lack of trust and addiction, all which have led to a moral decay in the community. In addition to this, the authors add that some of these platforms have been turned into platforms that affect the privacy of an individual, especially during medical use, as a result of the rapid development of the technology. The authors strongly substantiate their views in that these sites have led to decay in the social values of a community.
Chan, Terri H. “Facebook And Its Effects On Users’ Empathic Social Skills And Life Satisfaction: A Double-Edged Sword Effect.” Cyberpsychology, Behavior & Social Networking 17.5 (2014): 276-280. Academic Search Premier. Web. 26 Oct. 2015.
The author in the book examines the effects of social networking sites such as facebook on the social skills and life satisfaction. He elaborates on the effect of internet paradox towards the user concerning their personality, interpersonal attributes, as well as their psychological well-being. The author furthers states that such sites as face book negatively affects personality skills and life satisfaction scores, especially among college students. He elucidates that despite the role it might play in creating new social links, it also affects users’ social connectedness in a sense that it creates new social links that tend to establish how others are affected by their social conditions. According to the author, this development affects psychological well- being since it highlights the social or economical difference that arises when a given community shares issues. In addition to this, the author clearly states that this affects the social interaction and bonding between individuals, as it tends to delineate certain groups of users given their backgrounds hence influencing their level of satisfaction.
Stieglitz, Stefan, and Linh Dang-Xuan. “Emotions And Information Diffusion In Social Media-Sentiment Of Microblogs And Sharing Behavior.” Journal Of Management Information Systems 29.4 (2013): 217-248. Business Source Complete. Web. 26 Oct. 2015.
The authors illustrate the negative influences that social media sites, and other web-based platforms have on the society. His view is that these sites have helped in the dissemination of information in a society, mainly due to the content in the messages to be communicated. His sentiments mainly touch on tweeting, and how this affects communication that allows people to be connected to these sites to re-tweet the conversation.
They note that such conversations tend to elucidate emotions, especially during political re-alignments, with the tweets known to stimulate emotions among users entangled in the conversation. In this scenario, the author illustrates that this act, characterized and influenced by emotions can cause some contagion even among closely related people, friends, and families within the society due to divergent views, which may affect a bigger population by causing a change in mood as a result of being exposed to the emotional contagion.
The authors add that these sites could also be used to spread rumor, which tends to be more emotional, which may activate anxiety and anger within the society.
The above research clearly indicates that social media networks negatively affect communities. However, despite the benefits that such may have in societies, the negatives
clearly indicate that social media significantly affects communities.