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Virtual friendship and New narcissium
Transcript of Virtual friendship and New narcissium
Author: Christine Rosen
Journal: The New Atlantis
Issue: Summer 2007
Pixels rather than Paints
Online portraits such as, profile pictures are inviting, attract users' attention and can encourage or discourage users from continuing to view one's profile.
What is social networking? Social networking is the sharing of information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest.
Here's a look at the evolution of social networking:
Portraits are still images of people, usually of their face taken by someone else or oneself ("selfie"). They can be depicted as a painting, photograph or drawing.
These portraits can be manipulated in many different ways.
Like painters retouch their work, we can alter and update our self-portraits. However, online portraits aren't treasured, like a painted portrait.
Bulletin Board Systems
Degrees of Separation
Milgram published the results of a study about social connection that he called the "small world experiment."
He choose two people in the United States, then sent a chain letter and traced its path.
He yielded an average of six connections between the two people.
Duncan J. Watts
Watts tested Milgram's theory
Unlike Milgram's experiment, which was restricted to the United States, Watts' experiment was global.
Watts also yielded an average of five to seven steps.
Barabasi believes the number of social links an individual can maintain has increased, therefore the degrees of separation has decreased to approximately three steps.
As social networking expands, our etiquette and problem solving skills also develop.
"Cell phones ring during church sermons: blaring televisions in doctors' waiting rooms make it difficult to talk quietly-and new norms must develop to replace the old."
Social networking has become the focus in our lives and has pulled us away from face-to-face conversations with others.
For example; When a couple ends their relationship, they will simply change their relationship status on Facebook, rather than telling others face-to-face.
People are playing with their identity and manipulating their profiles, in order to become more excepted.
In addition to making your profile attracting to other users, if you put to much information about yourself on social networking sites, you can potentially put yourself in danger.
For example; A survey conducted in 2006 by researchers at the University of Dayton found that "40 percent of employers say they would consider the Facebook profile of a potential employee as part of their hiring decision, and several reported rescinding offers after checking out Facebook."
"Quickly peruse a profile and you know more about a potential acquaintance in a moment then you might have learned about a flesh-and-blood friend in a month."
Self manipulation relates to today's society and our new norms.
People are often judged by their profile.
The decreasing degrees of separation cause more danger, when posting information online.
Our lives have been overwhelmed by the increase in social networking.
This article is well organized with subtitles used to group similar ideas.
This article flows well presenting past social networking sites, then present such as, Facebook.
This article gives relatable examples, which make us question ourselves and our online habits.
This article is outdated, since it uses MySpace and other past social networking sites, rather than present sites like Twitter or Instagram.
Since, the correlation between virtual friendship and new narcissism isn't evident, this article doesn't draw a conclusion.
Before social networking, the way we were perceived face-to-face with others was our true self. After social networking, we can manipulate ourselves to be the person society wants us to be, therefore creating a false image of ourselves. Consequently, this false image can increase online friendships, but also decrease them at the same time. Thus, these social networking sites can greatly expand our opportunities to meet others, but they can also diminish our ability to connect face-to-face with others.
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How does social networking impact our confidence, and social standing?
Should employers look at our Facebook profiles, when in the hiring process? And should it be the determining factor to whether we get hired or not?
Does social networking strengthen or weaken our friendships with others?