We live in the socio-cultural environment , where social websites are the main tools of communication. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, Tumblr are only a few from long list of social networking websites . ( The rest of the most commonly used are listed here http://www.practicalecommerce.com/articles/2701-Beyond-Facebook-74-Popular-Social-Networks-Worldwide ). Smartphones are literally must-have gadgets among most recent generation. I’m not gonna hide the fact that I own one. Countless amount of applications made this device being exciting and tempting to use, but after some time I started to realize that spending too much time and various applications ( including facebook, messenger ) contradict with the main aim of phone . Constant usage of Internet and social network platforms, allowed me to be perpetually active online, but how does it refer to real life ? It rather made be being more unsociable and closed in my ‘virtual bubble’ .
Despite of the ‘black side’ of being constantly online , there are also a lot of positive ones . As individual, You decide how You want to use social networks; whether You want to be a creator or producer, consumer, or passive user. Facebook is one of the examples of platforms, where user participate- You can share stuff ( for instance link to Your blog, share Your own or others’ work) , or You can make a decision to stay on the side and be passive – just observe .
Spontaneous and easy use of communication through social networks allow users to be in constant touch with friends all over the world and that’s definitely good side of it.
Excessive usage of smartphone applications which is decidedly negative side of participating culture, decrease ability of effective communication between people in real life and has negative impact on our mental health. Using social networks for a certain purpose can help to identify our needs, for instance Twitter might be used as a direct feedback, facebook for keeping in touch with family and friends.
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