Mears: Social networks share too much of our lives
Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Updated: Thursday, November 29, 2012 00:11
We’ve all been on Facebook and seen that one of our friends is in a new relationship, or had a bad day or had a family member pass away all from their status updates. People use social networking sites to share news, both good and bad.
We use social networks to connect with family and friends both near and far. From sharing status updates to photos, social networks connect us across the web.
However, as a society, we have started to rely too heavily on social networks to share information. According to a story published in the Huffington Post, 17-year-old Jasmine Benjamin, a nursing student at Valdosta State University, was found unresponsive in the study area of her dorm on Nov. 18. When found, the police ruled the incident as a homicide pending further investigation. Normally after someone has been declared dead, the family is notified; however, this wasn’t the case.
Benjamin’s family did not find out about their daughter’s death until checking Facebook later that afternoon and seeing a friend’s post about it; the police later notified Benjamin’s parents of her passing after they had already found out from Facebook. The police stated that they could not release any information regarding Benjamin’s death, yet people were already aware of her passing. They did not notify two of the most important people in the young girl’s life: her parents. Instead, they had to find out about their daughter’s death from an online post.
From learning about a death on Facebook to finding out that a friend’s relationship just ended, social networks are becoming the new way to share. We have become a society that relies too heavily on social networks to share information.
“There is no longer face to face communication, and everything has become based on technology, and social networks have become less about individual expression, and more about throwing yourself out there…” junior psychology major Jacob Hughes said when asked if he thought that we depended too much on social networks to get our information across.
Living in a world where we no longer feel the need to inform someone about big changes in our lives or about a death face to face, we simply get on Facebook or Twitter and send out a status or a tweet to the masses letting them know what is going on.
As a society, we need to step away from the social networks when it comes to sharing news, may it be a family member passing, someone getting a divorce or a relationship ending.
We need to stop sharing these details on social networks and informing those that need to know about it in person. So step away from the computer the next time something major happens in your life and tell someone about it, face-to-face.