November 27, 2017
Social Media Makes Us Less Social
There was once a time when people would communicate in person. Although this was before our lifetimes, human beings once had to actually talk to one another with their mouths. As technology advanced, our impatience grew. We no longer wished to wait for the written letter to arrive by mail carrier or pigeon; we wanted a faster way to talk with friends and business partners: hence the invention of texting and email. With the evolution of communication, humans have the ability to maintain friendships with people they know overseas. Humans today can call, text, email, tweet, or even send messages via the endlessly expanding list of applications available at any app store. Social media has made us less social because it is easy to login Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media site to talk to friends across the city, country, or in different states. Humans were once required to interact in person while now they very well have never even me the person they are chatting with online.
Social media effects the United States National Security. People can use Facebook and other social media sites to track information for people’s location, home address and ever their personal financial information. According to the Pew Internet Project of January of 2014, 74 percent of online adults subscribed to social networking site. More specifically, Americans have been found to spend more times on Facebook than any other social networking site. In September of 2013, online adults were polled and its was found that 71 percent use Facebook, 17 percent use Instagram, 21 percent use Pinterest and 22 percent use LinkedIn. In January of 2014, it was found 19 percent of online adults subscribed to Twitter. Statistics indicate that gender, income level nor education precludes anyone from engaging in social media, making it a resource transcends many socioeconomic barriers. Not only do most Americans use social media, those that use it spend a substantial amount of their time using it. In 2011, Americans spent 23 percent of their time visiting social networking sites. “social media subscribers can use the Internet via desktop computer or from any number of mobile devices; it has been found that 40 percent of cell phone owners visit social media from their mobile device” (Lumpp 7). The fact that people spend a lot of their time on social media increases the risk of strangers invading their homes, catfishing them or stalking them all because most social media sites allow people to access other people’s personal information. Using social media in the workplace can lead to several consequences. Lynn D. Lieber stated that dangers of the inappropriate use of social media by employees and supervisors are no longer confined to unlawful harassment or discrimination claims. As social media has evolved, employer liabilities related to this form of communication have...