Cultural Differences of Social Media on Japanese Teenagers Essay

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Cultural Differences of Social Media on Japanese Teenagers John Bantug, Holly Carter, Angelika Evanoff, Julie Harper, Monica Simmons BCOM/275 December 16, 2013 Ted Koontz Cultural Differences of Social Media on Japanese Teenagers Social Media has spread around the world with both a positive and negative influence on young teenagers such as in Japan; a country that has utilized social networking to develop social skills and military personnel. On the other hand, Japan has its' fair share of negative influences with the inability to develop interpersonal skills, education and real relationships outside of social media sites. While it may appear similar, the cultural differences between Japan and the United States are what set them apart on handling social media. Social Media has helped teenagers in Japan with developing social skills through online communication while also playing an important role during tough times. Take, for example, the Tsunami of 2011 when all forms of communication were lost, the development skills they learned through social media helped the country communicate through networking sites; such as Facebook, Twitter, and other social platforms. “During the initial aftermath of the Japan crisis, social media platforms played an important role in helping people get help, find each other, and let others know who still needed help. When traditional means of communication failed, social media provided the needed communication link” ("The Positive Power Of Social Media In Crises", n.d.). Japanese teenagers put their developmental skills to good use when it matters the most. Toshie Takahashi (2013) stated that Japan was first introduced to social media sites at the beginning of 2003, while the United States has been chatting with friends via American On Line (AOL) since 1997. In addition,

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