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The Handwriting on the Wall: The Pros and Cons of Social Media Use Among Teens
The Handwriting on the Wall: The Pros and Cons of Social Media Use Among Teens
The Handwriting on the Wall: The Pros and Cons of Social Media Use Among Teens
The Handwriting on the Wall: The Pros and Cons of Social Media Use Among Teens
The Handwriting on the Wall: The Pros and Cons of Social Media Use Among Teens
The Handwriting on the Wall: The Pros and Cons of Social Media Use Among Teens
The Handwriting on the Wall: The Pros and Cons of Social Media Use Among Teens
The Handwriting on the Wall: The Pros and Cons of Social Media Use Among Teens
The Handwriting on the Wall: The Pros and Cons of Social Media Use Among Teens
The Handwriting on the Wall: The Pros and Cons of Social Media Use Among Teens
The Handwriting on the Wall: The Pros and Cons of Social Media Use Among Teens
The Handwriting on the Wall: The Pros and Cons of Social Media Use Among Teens
The Handwriting on the Wall: The Pros and Cons of Social Media Use Among Teens
The Handwriting on the Wall: The Pros and Cons of Social Media Use Among Teens
The Handwriting on the Wall: The Pros and Cons of Social Media Use Among Teens
The Handwriting on the Wall: The Pros and Cons of Social Media Use Among Teens
The Handwriting on the Wall: The Pros and Cons of Social Media Use Among Teens
The Handwriting on the Wall: The Pros and Cons of Social Media Use Among Teens
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The Handwriting on the Wall: The Pros and Cons of Social Media Use Among Teens

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Teens are living a good bit of their lives on social media, What are the advantages and disadvantages of this social phenomenon?

Teens are living a good bit of their lives on social media, What are the advantages and disadvantages of this social phenomenon?

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  • 1. “We have technology, finally, that for the first time in human history allows people to really maintain rich connections with much larger numbers of people.” --Pierre Omidyar, eBay Founder The Handwriting Wall on the The Pros and Cons of Social Media Use among Teens © 2013 Prophetik Soul. “We're lonely, but we're afraid of intimacy. And so from social networks to sociable robots, we're designing technologies that will give us the illusion of companionship without the demands of friendship.” — Sherry Turkle
  • 2. Power of Words + Images prophetiksoul.com What is a Word? Sounds connected to some type of grammatical structure. •According to the Bible, God uses words to create objects (referents). •According to scientists and linguists, babies associate the words they hear with an object (referent). We focus on what is said and who said it. Credibility anchors grammatical structure. “Speech requires a clearly defined syntax which allows us to articulate propositions of truth and falsity.”-Sol Worth, Artist
  • 3. Power of Words + Images prophetiksoul.com What is an Image? Modern images are socially constructed artifacts without a clearly defined syntax. “Words can state what is. Pictures can not.” Question: Is the sun in the picture rising and setting?
  • 4. Power of Words + Images prophetiksoul.com Images imply that you are only a receiver while speech implies listening and dialogue. Therefore, images cannot function like speech and language. Since images can limit our vocabulary, they can’t be neutral. “I have 1000 friends and feel more alone than ever.”—Lisa Simpson http://frenemyclothing.com/the-truth-behind-the-swastika/
  • 5. Power of Words + Images prophetiksoul.com The 3 musicians Picasso 1921 Written language is unidimensional. Language interprets images, not vice versa. When constraints are removed, Cohesiveness collapses Rise of Image Images are multidimensional because there may be no clear hierarchy. It uses perspective, metaphor, depth, texture, subject matter, etc. This makes it easy to misinterpret, accept someone’s interpretation or multiple interpretations. Relativity M. C. Escher 1953.
  • 6. Rise of the Image Culture prophetiksoul.com What is an Image Culture? Visuals that emphasize narratives especially in art/commerce and literature. •Globalization (decentralized power, borderless multinational companies) •Invention of computing technology (fragmentation; faster spread of innovation and ideas) • Growing importance of media http://www.cruiserblvd.com/1956-10.aspx What industries rely solely on storytelling?
  • 7. Growing Power of Media Influence prophetiksoul.com Radio 38 yrs to reach 50 million people TV 13 years to reach 50 million people Internet 4 years to reach 50 million people iPod 3 years to reach 50 million people Facebook 2 years to reach 50 million people Google plus 1 year to reach 50 million people Data excerpts from Did You Know 3.0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmwwrGV_aiE
  • 8. Social Media prophetiksoul.com The image culture IS the social media universe! "Additional perils to the self and more indirect harms to others arise when youth's identities become deeply fragmented, when self reflection is overshadowed by self promotion, or when the youth become overly dependent on the feedback of others." --Young People, Ethics, and the New Digital Media: A Synthesis from the Good Play Project, p.28 Information and images move faster obscuring our ability to decipher the context or meaning. So we choose amusement. A= non; not MUSE= think
  • 9. Social Media Exercise prophetiksoul.com
  • 10. Positive Social Media Effects prophetiksoul.com http://cooltownstudios.com/2009/04/08/crowdsourcing-101/ • Digital natives Finding new ways to communicate via multimedia and create/post content; comfortable with technological change. • Collaboration Rise of crowdsourcing and consensus. • Mobility Instant access to information and the ability to act/produce quickly anywhere.
  • 11. Negative Social Media Effect Tribal Instincts: Autonomous mentality prophetiksoul.com • Rise of social Darwinism (online bullying) • Branding mentality (image management) • Blurring of public/private boundaries Q: Should there be laws against online bullying? http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/03/12/14-year-olds-suicide-puts-spotlight-on-onlinebullying-dangers/ Something to think about: How does online tracking by companies affect teens?
  • 12. Negative Social Media Effect Sensory Overload: Low discernment prophetiksoul.com • Decline in convictions and morality • Misunderstanding of freedom/rights • YOLO: (Spiritual dullness) Q: Should a teen be punished for intent or for the actual crime? http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Mayor-Nutter-Proposes-Permanent-Curfew130355898.html Something to think about: How does celebrity culture contribute to YOLO?
  • 13. Negative Social Media Effects Superficiality: Lack of depth prophetiksoul.com • Skewed understanding of productivity • Obliviousness and self referential (language and codeswitch deficit) • Unrealistic expectations in life (augmented and virtual realities) http://www.nbcnews.com/id/32657885/ns/technology_and_sciencetech_and_gadgets/#.Ur3yBNJDv60 Q: When is it not okay to video someone? http://crazyhyena.com/people-nowadays-drowning-man-taking-photos_en
  • 14. Practical Suggestions What is the handwriting on the wall? prophetiksoul.com REALIGN REFLECT REDIRECT Slowly orient students away from dysfunctional productivity and idleness by realigning them with foundational and interactive communal learning and character building activities. Show students new ways to use social media in relation to assignments and managing relationships that involves critical thinking. Show students how their use of social media can help them and others at different transitions in their life (moving, college, crisis, etc.)
  • 15. References prophetiksoul.com Slide 2: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/32510428532294614/ Slide 4: http://frenemyclothing.com/the-truth-behind-the-swastika/ Slide 6: http://www.cruiserblvd.com/1956-10.aspx Slide 17: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/32657885/ns/technology_and_science-tech_and_gadgets/#.Ur3yBNJDv60 http://crazyhyena.com/people-nowadays-drowning-man-taking-photos_en

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