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Positive/Negative Effects of Social Media

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Positive/Negative Effects of Social Media
Eileen: Positive / Negative Effects of Social Media
*Facebook - campaign platform
Build friendships off of common interests ("like" pages)
Source of "news" - exposure to so many people exposes more ideas and less sheltering
Good for business, communiation (extremely fast)
*Youtube - widespread inspirational messages
eg. Jubilee Project
Stimulation of eyes and ears
Comments, likes, and shares across social media platforms
Connections to other social media websites (on articles)

Eileen, Reina, Sabrina, Selin, Sina
Eileen -->
*Positive: YouTube can spread inspirational messages; makes it more real. Facebook = campaign platform, fastest way to spread news (emphasizes this)
*Negative: cyberbullying w/young children, difficult for enforcement; texting & driving

Sabrina -->
*Sexual nature of social media
*Mostly about chat roulette
*Dating websites/ways to meet
(focusing on negative side)
*Sexual harassment
Health and fitness
Positive and negative influences
Sexual nature of social media
Online dating
Idea of "celebrity"
While social media can be a source for effective communication, this communication can inhibit normal emotional development.
Eileen: Positive / Negative Effects of Social Media (cont.)
Sabrina: Sexual Nature of Social Media
Social Media's Influence on Fitness (Reina)
Works Cited (Reina)
Selin: Social Media and the Idea of "Celebrity"
Works Cited
Too easy to become famous
Non-professionals can make viral videos
Famous actions, not people
Increased pressure to be well-liked
Success and identity of a person/product is measured by online feedback
People act as they wish so not all feedback can be trusted
Harder for a celebrity to psychologically overcome bad press
More difficult to "clean up" an online persona
Desire to be known is so all-consuming for people
Concept of "celebrity" is altered by social media
Cyberbullying w/young children
Parents need to enforce stricter rules
Distractions from studies: students score 20% fewer marks on exams (debate.org)
Length of time on social media leads to fewer people skills
More socially awkward --> harmful for future interactions
Communication is 70% body language
Texting & driving: increases fatal accidents by 18%
Very prevalent - 40% of teenagers text and drive on a regular basis

Our Central Topic/Thesis
Subtopics Covered:
Sina: Can Online Dating become a social norm?
Online Dating: The Drawbacks
The Advantages
Comfortable environment:
Dating websites are efficient:
Aboujouade, Elias. "Ordinary Everyday Viciousness."
Virtually You
. New York: Norton, 2010.
Deresiewicz, William. "The End of Solitude."
Digital Divide
, ed. Bauerlein. New York: Tarcher (2011): 307-317.
Ellcessor, Elizabeth. "Tweeting @feliciaday: Online Social Media, Convergence, and Subcultural Stardom."
Cinema Journal
51.2 (Winter 2012): 46-66.
Mickalites, Carey James. "Celebrity Modernism."
Journal of Modern Literature
36.4 (Summer 2013): 157-160.
Rosen, Jeffrey. "The Web Means the End of Forgetting."
New York Times
, 21 July 2012. Web. Nytimes.com, 20 July 2013.
Salvato, Nick. "Out of Hand: YouTube Amateurs and Professionals."
53.3 (Fall 2009): 67-83.

NOTE: Sources in
were course readings!

Despite the growing popularity of the online dating culture, this culture cannot become a social norm in contemporary society as the drawbacks involved in online dating outweigh the advantages.
The lack of security
Online Deception

I argue that the use of social media is beneficial to those participating in it as it provides motivation for individuals to become more physically active.

Provides a voice
e.g. UF Rec Sports:
-Daily challenges where students on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook post based off of an exercise based theme
"A New Goal" or "Trying Something New"

Provides a sense of unity
e.g. Tumblr family, Training for a marathon

Keeps you on track by putting good pressure on you
e.g. Apps, Gadgets and Social Media
-"My friends know my weekly mileage," said Shaw, 26. "If I'm not hitting that, I hear about it."

1. Aboujouade, Elias.
"Ordinary Everyday Viciousness."
Virtually You
. New York: Norton, 2010.
2. Crane, Kristine. "UF Rec Sports Turns to Social Media to Encourage Students to Exercise." Gainesville Sun, 15 July 2013. Web. Gainsvillesun.com, 03 December 2013.
3. "Cross-Cultural Perspectives"
Bradley University
: Bradley University, 2013. Web. 03 December 2013.
4. Humphrey, Katie. "Apps, Gadgets and Social Media Pumping up Fitness." McClatchey-Tribune News Service, 06 March 2013. Web. Mcclatchydc.com, 03 December 2013.
5. Johnson, Steven. "The Internet."
Digital Divide
, ed. Bauerlein. New York: Tarcher (2011): 26-33.
6. Sabo, Tara. "Site Navigation."
Greatist, 25 July 2013. Web. 02 December 2013.
7. Stevens, Eric C. "Social Media and Fitness: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly."
Breaking Muscle.
Breaking Muscle, 2013. Web. 03 December 2013.

Works Cited
Whitty, Monica, and Adrian Carr.
Cyberspace Romance: The Psychology of Online Relationships.
New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. Print.
Ben-Ze’ev, Aaron.
Love Online: Emotions on the Internet.
Cambridge: University Press, 2004. Print.
Davis, Laurie.
Love @ First Click: The Ultimate Guide to Online Dating.
New York: Atria, 2013. Print.
Vitzthum, Virginia.
I Love You: Let’s Meet: Adventures in Online Dating
. New York: Paul Simon, 2007. Print.
Orr, Andrea.
Meeting, Mating (…and Cheating): Sex, Love, and the New World of Online Dating.
New Jersey: Pearson Education, 2004. Print.
Slater, Dan.
Love in the Time of Algorithms: What Technology Does to Meeting and Mating
. New York: Penguin, 2013. Print.
Whitty, Monica, et al.
Online M@tchmaking
. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. Print.
Aboujaoude, Elias
. Ordinary Everyday Viciousness
. USA: W. W. Norton & Company, 2011. Print.
Jenkins, Henry.
Love Online
. USA: New York University Press. 2006. Print.

Chat, flirt and set dates on your computer, in your environment, leading to greater confidence.
No need to put in effort to look good all the time.
Dating websites help find people near you that share similar interests, based on your profile.
Niche Online Dating websites (Atlasphere, Farmers Only, GlutenFree Singles)
"My next partner needs to be Mr. Gluten-Free. I don't care if he's Brad Pitt—if he's not gluten-free, nope, not going to happen."
-Shannon Roberts, 36, GlutenFree user
Since the users themselves are responsible for creating their profiles, uploading their photos etc., it becomes very easy for them to lie about certain aspects (weight, looks, age, financial status, marital status...)
Scammers: a major reason why people give up on online dating
"He is an alcoholic and a woman beater. He is divorced not single, never married..."
-anonymous on TrueDater.com
Impulses and Temptations
30% of adolescent girls and 70% of adolescent boys have seen sexually explicit content online
Chatroulette alternatives: ChatRandom and Omegle are becoming more popular? Why?
Sexual Development
Misleading information on the web
Should not be the primary source for sex education
negative self perception
peer pressure
related to risky sexual behaviors
Cyberharassment: could occur due to an online date/relationship gone wrong or unwanted sexual attention (cyberstalking). For example: sending pornographic videos in emails, sending viruses, threats, sexually explicit/ abusive messages, posting rumors...
Scammers: "tend to impersonate matches who are most likely perceived by you as out of your league... and ultimately want you to pay up." (The Ultimate Guide to Online Dating)
Online Dating and Relationships
Can never replace face-to-face interaction
Inherent differences:
geographic location no longer an issue
Online Roleplaying games
Sexual victimization/harassment
What is the cause of all this?
Internet provides a safe, accessible outlet for sexual fulfillment
Aboujaoude, Elias. “Ordinary Everyday Viciousness.” Virtually You. New York: Norton, 2010.
Anderson, Sam. "The Human Shuffle: Is Chatroulette the Future of the Internet or Its Distant Past?"
NYMag.com. New York Media, LLC, 5 Feb. 2010. Web. 10 Nov. 2013.
Brown, Jane D., Keller, Sarah, and Stern, Susannah. “Sex, Sexuality, Sexting and SexEd: Adolescents and the
Media. The Prevention Researcher 16.4 (2009): 12-16. Web. 19 November 2013.
Jenkins, Henry. “Love Online.” Digital Divide, ed. Bauerlein. New York: Tarcher (2011): 160-165
Kreps, D.G. “Foucault, exhibitionism and voyeurism on chatroulette.” In F. Sudweeks, H. Hrachovec and C.
Ess (eds). Proceedings: Cultural Attitudes Towards Communication and Technology (2010): 207-216. Web. 10 November 2013.
Merkle, Erich R., and Richardson, Rhonda A. “Digital Dating and Virtual Relating: Coceptualizing Computer
Mediated Romantic Relationships.” Family Relations 49.2 (2000): 187-192. Web. 20 November 2013.
Rice, Eric et al. “Sexually Explicit Cell Phone Messaging Associated With Sexual Risk Among Adolescents."
Pediatrics 130.4 (2012): 667-673. Web. 21 November 2013.
Turkle, Sherry. “Always On.” Alone Together. New York: Basic Books, 2011. Print.

Source: http://ericlukepeterson.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/id-ego-superego.png
Source: http://www.iheartyu.com/images/online-dating.gif
Works Cited
1. Aboujouade, Elias. “Ordinary Everyday Viciousness.” Virtually You. New York: Norton, 2010.
2. "Do Social Networking Sites like Facebook and MySpace Have a Positive Societal Influence?" The Premier Online Debate Website. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2013.
3. "Guide Print Email." The Dangers of Texting While Driving. Federal Communications Commissions, n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2013.
Johnson, Steven. “The Internet.” Digital Divide, ed. Bauerlein. New York: Tarcher (2011): 26 – 33.
4. Jubilee Project. “Love Language | Original Jubilee Project Film.” Online video clip. Youtube. Youtube, 2 Nov. 2010. Web. 11 Nov. 2013.
5. Jung, Brian. "The Negative Effect of Social Media on Society and Individuals." Small Business. Demand Media, n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2013.
6. Rupert, Samantha. "Social Media's Top 5 Contributions to Society." RSS. N.p., 18 Apr. 2013. Web. 21 Nov. 2013.
7. "The Effects of Social Networking upon Society." Teen Ink. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2013.
8. "Understanding Body Language." About.com Psychology. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2013.
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