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The Ethics of Social Media

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Regan Brown

on 20 November 2015

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Transcript of The Ethics of Social Media

What have you done for a "like"?
Ethical Questions About Social Networking
Social Media Etiquette
Why I Am Not On Social Media
An Overview
Jeremy Bentham
There are several risks imposed when someone joins a social networking site including online predation and cyber-bullying.
At the same time, this technology can be used to build meaningful relationships.
Also to be noted, the time and effort put into creating the ideal online profile could take away from everyday tasks. Studies even show this could decrease people's attention spans and increase a need for instant gratification.

How can we continue to use social media in a way that the potential benefits outweigh the risks?
The Utilitarian Perspective
No longer there.
Personal Growth and Maturity
Too many friends
Too many ads
I'm not very good at it
Why I Quit
In online interactions, you really have no idea who the other person you are communicating actually is. There could be a male, female, white, black, or gay person on the other end of a conversation and you wouldn't know it.
It could be argued that this allows for equal treatment and less discrimination online than in the real world (scu.edu).

Do social networkers have a right to privacy?

Will this allow for greater fairness, or will the ability for people to overcome concrete differences be hindered?
Who has Tinder? Be Honest.
The Ethics of Social Media
Rights and Fairness
By Regan Brown
People connect on various social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to share common interests and to join social groups.

Is this just as fulfilling as meeting in the real world?

Most virtues like honesty, openness, and open-communication are valued in real-world circumstances.

How can a person be virtuous online?
Virtue and the Common Good
What is good social media etiquette?
How refined is your social etiquette?

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