However, college students need to understand that using social networking sites religiously is not just an issue about the amount of time devoted towards schoolwork, but that it can literally change how they think. Social networking sites, along with Google and Wikipedia, are influencing how college students process information. Facebook is a great tool to keep in touch with friends, but the Internet needs to be used for educational purposes. Although the Internet can be used for educational purposes, the usage of sites like Facebook, Wikipedia, and Google have negatively changed the way college students think. Some credit can be laid upon the student, but ultimately we as a society need to fundamentally change how people use the Internet.
Michael J. Bugeja, director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University and author of the article “Facing the Facebook” in The Chronicle of Higher Education, argues how informational technology has become a distraction rather than an educational tool in the classroom. Although, he acknowledges that social networks such as Facebook are “fascinating” innovative forms of social interaction; he argues that they have affected all levels of academe (Bugeja 1). In his article, Bugeja points out how students' addiction with technology is reflected in their enrollment in institutions. He says that students instead of basing their decision on the reputation of the institution; they rely their decision on the level of technology these institutions offer them. In addition, the author also mentions that technology has created a distraction to students.
Also the universities are guilty for incidents, because they didn’t make as much examination for all safety accidents as now. Furthermore, as the writer claims, fault for those accidents has Department of Homeland Security. They distribute the project devices to universities “with no –safety related requirement”. State feels displeasure for those accidents, and rebook everyone to prevent those accidents that are present everywhere. Since students attend colleges to learn and to educate, colleges should guarantee a safety environment, especially their labs.
Cyber bullying is when someone writes humiliating comments about someone on the World Wide Web. Cyber bullying is when an adolescent is harassed, humiliated, embarrassed, threatened or tormented using digital technology, such as the computers, and cell phones. It’s important to understand why people use this type of bullying. Cyber bullying is used in an effort to make the person who is doing the bulling feel better about themselves, in a way that isn’t as confrontational. As many as 25% of teenagers have experienced cyberbullying, even though there is still more bullying at school in comparison to online.
Cyberbullying and Sexting Cyberbullying and Sexting are two technological abuses that have societal and environmental effects on students and adults today. Siegle (2010) commented, “According to an AP-MTV (2009) poll, more than 75% of 14- to 24-year-olds believe that digital abuse is a serious problem for people their age. Yet, only about half believe that what they post online could come back to hurt them” (p. 15). This in itself creates a problem, in character education because rebellious students hide behind devices instead of being accountable for their actions. The use of cell-phones, gaming and the internet is communication tools of choice for this generation.
He says that as the internet becomes our primary source of information, it is affecting our ability to read books and other long narratives. This process of rewiring our brains carries the danger of crushing human experience. The author uses many specific examples and statistics to demonstrate his point of view. Carr argues whether our reading and writing habits may be affected by the search engines on Google. He explains how people are on a disadvantage when they rely on e-books rather than books.
Kirsten Laman ENGL 1301-61507 Professor Jackson 30 October 2014 Cognitive Effects of the Internet The book The Shallows by Nicholas Carr states that the introduction of the internet into society has had a profound effect on our culture. In other words, the internet has affected the way people think, read, and remember. The rapid access to tons of information has also affected people’s behavior making them less patient and less productive. According to Carr, “The Net commands our attention with far greater insistency than our television, or radio or morning newspaper ever did” (117). In today’s world, the internet has become essential to work, school and entertainment.
It has caused countless arguments, cyber bullying, people committing suicide and horrible images and videos being uploaded for the world to see. This simple site is actually very complex. People tend to think its a great way to make friends and reconnect with old ones, but in my opinion is a way of causing stress and anxiety in someones life. Often people use it to cause upset and insult someone from the comfort of behind their computer screen. The problem with Facebook is that it often puts people in bad situations often leading to suicide, self harm, low self-esteem, being harmed by a predator and not being hired by a company.
Jon Elorriaga Dr. Patrick Muana English 1301 Reading Response 3 25 May 2012 A Critical Reading of Michael Bugeja’s “Facing the Facebook” In “Facing the Facebook” Michael Bugeja discusses the various problems associated with the use of Facebook especially in educational institutions. Many educational institutions invest increasing amounts of money in technology with the idea of enhancing learning through research. That students actually waste their study hours on Facebook and get distracted in class because of Face book is an indication that those institutions are wasting their money. Although many professors have yet to find out about Facebook and about its impact on students, educational institutions as a whole are looking for ways to stop students from accessing it, especially during school hours. Another important downside to Facebook, Bugeja notes, is that it creates an egocentric environment – what he mentions as “egocasting” in his essay.
The argument for technology is the increase of criminal prosecution because of social media; social networking creates new social connections. Students are doing better in school, better quality of life, social media as a source of employment, but the negatives are hard to just sweep under a rug. Students who are spending too much time on social media sites have lower academic grades, social media is the cause for less face to face communication, social medial sites responsible for the rise in bullying that has gone cyber and the suicides from that new form of bullying. The story of Amanda embodies some of the mental behavior disorders associated with too much technology dependence which has caused bullying to go cyber. Now if you have self-esteem issues it becomes broadcasted around the country by the click of a button.