My Hypothesis – beachgirl6

  1. Social media

  2. Social media’s purpose

  3. Children are more affected by social media than young adults

  4. Behavioral problems cause overuse of social media, which causes more feelings of depression in adolescents

  5. Children who use social media as a way to cope from childhood abuse create more feelings of depression by providing untrue information about themselves

  6. Adolescents create a false persona of themselves online to find their own identity which negatively effects their offline relationships with others

2 thoughts on “My Hypothesis – beachgirl6”

  1. 1. Social media
    —I do worry about the social media topics, BG, because the territory has been so thoroughly trod that it’s hard to A) find new ground, B) avoid plagiarism with SO MANY existing essays in the world working the same material.

    2. Social media is a platform that helps us connect to others
    —This is certainly the premise and the promise. Of course, in the most recent decade, the mainstream media is deluged with reports that instead of connecting us, social media are separating us (either physically into little pods of seclusion with our devices) or (virtually into cliques that talk only to one another and resist influence from any other source of ideas). If you plan to argue connection, you’ll actually be doing something surprising.

    3. Social media is making us lonely
    —But you weren’t.

    4. The impact of social media connects us too much and causes feelings of depression
    —Your classmate namastebean has made a similar claim, offering the premise that we’re depressed by the relative squalor or dissatisfaction of our own lives when we compare them with the glamorous presentations our online social connections publish as their reality.

    5. Using social media too much causes depression because individuals are creating a fake persona of themselves.
    —Sounds similar. (See how hard it is to be unique?) I’m unclear from your Step 5 whether you mean we’re depressed because we’re trying to live up to the false personas we present? Or: We’re depressed because we can’t live up to the false personas presented by others?

    6. Social media isn’t truly serving it’s purpose anymore by causing feelings of isolation and focuses more on conformity rather than individuality.
    —Inherent in your hypothesis is that you think you know “the purpose” of social media. Do you? THAT would be an interesting question. From a profit perspective, social media don’t care whether they connect or disconnect their users, do they? What they want is more users, endlessly fascinated by whatever interests them, creating profiles of themselves by the posts they engage in, churning out data about what motivates, intrigues, and interests the subscribers to the service.

    YOU AND I might go to social media hoping to establish, build, or maintain social connectedness, but our goals are tangential to the applications’ goals.

    My cute puppy picture might attract “engagement” from a dozen of my friends who aren’t tired of seeing my puppy. But my post that criticizes the local animal shelter for alleged cruelty and which sets off a firestorm of mean-spirited outrage, claims, and counterclaims is much more useful to the site I post it to.

    Does one create more community than the other? Don’t answer too quickly. What if alliances are forged by finding out that my neighbors, with whom I have never shared anything in common—or so I thought—take my side in the shelter storm?

    In short, there are no easy answers about whether social media connect or separate us. But whatever you decide to make the true focus of your research, I hope it will be something you BECOME passionate about instead of something you try to prove because it sounds like a reasonable or safe proposition.

    Does that help at all?

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