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How Social Media Affects Our Lives?

Professor Donald Gutstein
TA Anis Rahman

Xinyi Zhang
301187237

Introduction
With the rapid development of technology and fast pace of life, people are surrounded by all kinds of information everyday, it is an era of information explosion varietal forms of communication have appeared to people’s daily lives (21. Kadiri). Information Explosion could simply be defined as the rapid increase in the amount of published information. It is a situation in which information is abundantly available or over abundance of data (22, Kadiri). Social media is one of the important forms of communication, and it plays an important role in people’s lives. The rising of some new medias had changed the way of living for the past 10 years; the society has been surrounded by these social medias in everyday (“Facebook” F4). This essay is emphasizing on exploring these negative influences of modern forms of communication by using Weibo as a specific; in order to argue that Connerton’s idea that too much information leads to forgetfulness and people are becoming less attentive due to large number of new communication devices; while there are also some opposite to the negative influences brought by new social media platforms. First, this essay will introduce Weibo, which a major modern communication tool that is analyzed in the paper. It then will examine the negative impacts of social media by discussing Connerton’s argument of the forgetfulness caused by too much information. After that, it will investigate the adverse effects of Weibo such as reduce the communication between people in the reality; cause the cyber crime; challenge the privacy of people’s lives, in a depth. Finally, it will conclude by the sheer numbers of new communication devices on the market lead people to become less attentive.

Negative Influence Brought by Social Media: The Case Of Weibo Nowadays, Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, has become a popular new social media among Chinese people, more than 600 million users on it and a lot of banned words show on it everyday (“What’s” S8). As one of the popular social medias, Weibo can be chosen as a research subject to investigate the negative influence of new form of communication on contemporary society. Similar with Twitter’s functions, “Weibo allows rich media uploads into user feeds, provides threaded comments, and offers applications, games, and Weibo medals” (Zhang 63). Weibo has established itself in the social media circle and has its unique advantages among all form of communication. However, depend on the law of media, any media should be analyzed more critical, there must be some negative influences produced by Weibo. First of all, according to the case of Weibo, it strongly supports Connerton’s argument, which too much information produces forgetfulness. It is mentioned before that people are in an era of overloading information; people are surrounded by all kinds of information everyday. While Weibo is a fast disseminating information tool, a lot of information exchange on it everyday. People live in the contemporary society spend a lot of time on Weibo, they reach large number of information everyday, but how many of them can be remembered? That’s a question. Information overload can certainly leads the waste of information. Since people’s memory is limit, when too much information around them, it is sure that they cannot remember all of them. For example, people who lived during World War II didn’t have much information in their daily lives; the only channel for them to get information about the world may be the broadcast and the broadcast may only broadcasting once a day. At that time, people will take great care in remembering the broadcast contents. By contrast, people can get large number of information now but only a few of them can be remembered. People seem not sensitive to information as before,this is one kind of...
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