The Social Network and “Generation Facebook”   Leave a comment

“Connection is the goal. The quality of that connection, the quality of the information that passes through it, the quality of the relationship that connection permits- none of this is important.” quoted by Zadie Smith herself. Well in comparison what is important to the creator himself. As found in this article published in the New York Times Mark Zuckerburg says, “Facebook’s most important metrics are not its membership but the percentage of the wired world that uses the site and the amount of information — photographs, news articles and status updates — zipping across its servers.”
I agree more with Smith’s article siding that in our generation none of the information shared online is important to the daily functions of life, rather through social interactions or digital advancements. The generation Facebook’s that Smith refers to is obsessed with an ideal lifestyle fix to connect with the online world. As quoted in The Young and The Digital by S. Craig Watkins one girls in our growing generation states That “Facebook is a big part of our lives in this day and age. And if you’re not apart of that, then your are missing a huge part of your friends lives also.” One must really have to stop and ask yourself what is becoming important to us. Both the movie watch The Social Network and the readings from Young and the Digital portray the internet and social media in particular as a world changing social force and it is indeed.
There has been many arguments over Facebook such as the true inventors and how money should be split but never over the true intentions over why Facebook was created. As Mark Zuckerberg put into quotes in the movie The Social Network, “ The thing that we are trying to do at Facebook is just help people connect and communicate more efficiently.” Although this statement may hold some truth, in all reality and as argued by Smith Facebook is really taking away the efficiency of relationships and placing them in a remote superficial virtual world. Smith expressed this by saying “A lot of social networking software explicitly encourages people to make weak, superficial connections with each other.”
In all, there is a lot of time being wasted with people trying to find online interest with there “friends” who they no longer speak to. Nowadays most in our generation feel Facebook and other technological advances such as cell phones or laptop computers are essential to the point that they view as if something is socially wrong with someone who does not have or use them. I stand to say this is not true. Although I have all (Facebook account, cell phone and Laptop) I don’t find myself being as connected to either in a way were they play that much importance to my daily living or social interaction with people. I find social interactions being more beneficial with face to face meetings and actual conversations.
The world changes everyday. Clearly in today’s world Facebook is playing a huge part in the current way we view things. Facebook is now creating social norms and in essence creating online ethical guides. “Culture influences how we view ethics.” (Digital Media Ethics) But with the way Facebook is evolving at such rapid speed it is now changing culture and therefore setting its own ethical guide for the Generation to follow. Although I’m not fully agreeing to the revolution of Facebook, I feel as if it is going to be the future of connections unless we all take a stand now and stop letting time fly past us while we are concerning ourselves more with the new uploaded pictures or status updates of the 500+ people on our friend list.

Posted April 1, 2011 by williams30 in Assignments

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