Social Networks and Technology

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According to the ABC news “Trapped Girls Call for Help on Facebook” updated Wednesday September 9, 2009, the negative effects of Facebook are occurring. The 10 year old and 12 year old girls updated a Facebook status to say they fell in a drain on Honeypot Road at Hackham in Adelaide's southern suburbs of Australia rather than ringing directly 000 (the primary national emergency number in Australia). Fortunately, a young friend was online at the time and called the police to help them. Why do they first think about using the phone to log on Facebook instead of ringing 000 directly? These two girls probably have learned how to deal with an emergency, but many methods they learned in school seem go in one ear and out the other. It seems that the social network is more influential than the traditional public education. Terry Flew, professor of Media and Communications at the Queensland University of Technology, thinks that public education is challenged by the social networks. However, this challenge is not the only disadvantage social networks have brought. Other negative effects such as misunderstandings, indirectness, and loneliness on expressing emotions online have come to our daily life.

The first negative effect social networks have on expressing emotions online is misunderstandings. Misunderstanding is a wrong understanding of something. In addition, on the World Wide Web, what we have updated on social networking service such as Facebook has different meaning to different friends. In the article “Expressing Emotions Online”, Erin Ryan, an Editor of Socialeyezer (a Social Media Blog as well as the Social Media Specialists Guide), states “we just need time and someone to talk to; thankfully social media allows us to have a voice and ears to fall upon.” Even though social networks provide much chances for people to communicate with each other, such as updating a status, writing a blog and sharing a video on YouTube to show how you feel and what you are...
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