I recently found a website devoted to listing the pros and cons of social networking. http://socialnetworking.procon.org. There’s a lot of good information on it and it’s worth a look, but for now, I want to focus on the 5 “Did You Know?” facts that they listed while also listing the source they got the fact from.
1. “Social networking sites are the top news source for 27.8% of Americans, ranking below newspapers (28.8%) and above radio (18.8%) and print publications (6%).” via Kristin Marino, “Social Media: The New News Source,” http://www.schools.com, Apr. 16, 2012.
Analysis:What I gather from this is that social networking/media is taking over as our source of news. With its rapid updates, more people prefer to go on social media than wait for the early morning edition of their news program on TV or radio. Also, I can’t help but be a little confused as to why newspapers and print publications aren’t in the same category or at least why print publications doesn’t just say “magazines, newsletters, etc.”
2. “Students who used social networking sites while studying scored 20% lower on tests and students who used social media had an average GPA of 3.06 versus non-users who had an average GPA of 3.82.” via Paul A. Kirschner and Aryn C. Karpinski, “Facebook and Academic Performance,” Computers in Human Behavior, Nov. 2010.
Analysis: Alright, so I have a few questions for this. 1: Who was surveyed and how did they define “using social media” on this survey? 2: What tests were these that were given? What difficultly/grade level were they? 3: Are we saying that a 3.06 GPA is bad? Because about 60% of my graduating class wish they had a 3.06. Isn’t a 2.0 considered “average” so anything higher, like a 3.0, would be “above average?” Because I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a 3.06, although most people would want that 3.82 obviously, some people just can’t get up there and they should be content if they got a 3.0. I’m not saying that we should settle, but at least look at the positive side here.
3. “35 global heads of state, every US Cabinet agency, 84% of US state governors, every major candidate for US President, and more than 40% of top global religious leaders are on Twitter.” via Twitter Blog, “One Hundred Million Voices,” http://www.blog.twitter.com, Sep. 8, 2011
Analysis: Politicians and other leaders are using social networking now more than ever to reach out to the masses. Very effective way to get your message out without spending millions of dollars of campaign funding on commercials and without having to wait until a speech or debate. I wouldn’t be surprised if these numbers continue to rise.
4. ” 10% of people younger than 25 years old respond to social media and text messages during sex.” via Barb Dybwad, “10% of Under 25s Think It’s OK to Text During Sex,” http://www.mashable.com, May 5, 2010 AND Beth Snyder Bulik, “Apparently That Text Can’t Wait — Not Even During Sex: Report Reveals Surprising News About Social Media and Its Grip on Our Lives,” http://www.adage.com, May 5, 2010
Analysis: Not much you can say here. The number speaks for itself. For people to think it’s okay to do this too, I don’t really see the argument for that. I mean, wouldn’t it be weird or awkward and hell, even rude to just text DURING sex? Some things are meant to be “live-tweeted” like live TV shows or the World Series. I can assure you, this is NOT one of them!
5. “In July 2012 Americans spent 74.0 billion minutes on social media via a home computer, 40.8 billion minutes via apps, and 5.7 billion minutes via mobile web browsers, a total of 121.1 billion minutes on social networking sites.” via Nielsen Wire, “Social Media Report 2012: Social Media Comes of Age,” http://www.blog.nielsen.com, Dec. 3, 2012.
Analysis: I’m not one to say that “all that time could’ve gone to a better cause” because while it could have, it’s not the human way to be productive 100% of the time. It reminds me of the episode of The Office where Dwight tries to prove to Jim that he never takes personal time during work, but ultimately succumbs even after going as far as sneezing with his eyes open. With that being said, if I did the math right, this amounts to an average of 386 minutes per person, or about 6 and a half hours that we won’t get back. But that 6.5 hours, when looking at the larger scale, isn’t bad. It’s leisure time and some people defiantly deserve that (especially in a month like July where everyone wishes they were doing something fun).