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How Social Media Affects Our Lives?

Professor Donald Gutstein
TA Anis Rahman

Xinyi Zhang

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.

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