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Social websites harm children's brains

Discussion in 'Science & Technology' started by micropage7, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. Mr McC

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    As far as I'm concerned Facebook and other social network serve no other purpose than providing a means of quickly making arrangements on where to meet or keeping in contact with people who would otherwise be difficult to see.

    However, as I have an account, I can testify that a large number of people that I know employ the platform to post the most banal drivel I have ever read, which they seemingly feel to be of interest and fit for wider consumption. Moreover, the platform itself seems to encourage such practices, asking us to comment on various issues via applications and prompts, often emanating from our friends, to encourage us to particpate.

    I have no difficulty accepting that social networks are adversely affecting children, or rather, the manner in which we are employing them and being encouraged to employ them.

    I do not feel defenceless in the face of change, on the contrary, I feel that change should come to social networks and that we should actively embrace this - kids spend too much time "socialising" in front of a screen, even where there is no need.
     
  2. DannibusX

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    I went to dinner a few weeks back with a few friends and my phone vibrated in my pocket. I pulled it out and saw that my friends girlfriend had tagged me on a check-in or whatever. I told her never to do that again and she got kind of butthurt about it.

    She told me it was one of the neat features of Facebook and I told her that I had no desire to let everyone on my friends list know exactly where I was located at any point in time.

    Facebook is alright for catching up with old friends and acquintances, but soooooo many people post worthless crap, bitch about things they don't want to discuss any further than "FML" and the ilk.
     
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  3. ChewyBrownSuga

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    I don't really understand how using social networking sites and the internet can lead someone to be self centered. What I do understand is that we're all guilty of using the internet for the instant gratification, when was the last time you had a question and instead of thinking about the answer to that question you just googled it.

    I do agree that any "Damage" that using the internet caused can easily be fixed with some good ol' discipline.
     
  4. Kreij

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    I completely agree with the article.
    Remember that when they use the term "Social Website" they are also referring to things exaclty like TPU.
    I think that most of the members here have some kind of brain damage from using this site.
     
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    I see what you did there.
     
  6. NinkobEi

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    Why dont they just cut to the chase and say "All internet causes brain damage" - Us at TPU certainly know thats true. what more evidence is needed
     
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    Well its been great to read all the folks responses here in this thread,and its a discussion i feel is well worth having,as it involves something we are all familiar with ,and sometimes take for granted in our own ways,namely technology,
    everything has ups and downsides i feel,
    and it is pertinent to address these topics without being afraid to confront the possibilities either,
    of course there will be differeing ideas,and all points are valid in the main.
    thanx for the good read and interesting points made people,
    btw,tpu is not exactly like facebook i dont think,i dont feel compelled to "share" all my beliefs and personal ops here,or post pics other than my half arsed attempt at creating computer mods etc.
    and there is a unifying point to our participation,
     
  8. Mr McC

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    That's all fine and well, but how's the farm coming along?
     
  9. v12dock

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    Anything that threaten someone's livelihood is bound to receive negative feedback, ie. Wikipedia, Social Media, The Internet?

    Education hates free source information, but who wouldn't hate something that puts you out of business
     
  10. micropage7

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    ive seen that many students about from elementary to junior high school got so addicted of social networking like FB, twitter more than friendster era.
    and it affect their life, their study, their family and they lose so much time just writing status, uploading photo, gaming and write comments
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    yeah sad story about our young generation
     
  11. heky

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    I even got infracted on TPU becouse of my avatar(it didnt have the dots), some admin telling me it is insulting other members. Just becouse it says i am not on fu*king facebook. I mean seriously, whats up with that? I mean, will all people get infracted becouse they hate something i like, and i report them to the admin? NO! But i got infracted becouse it was facebook. /rant over
     
  12. Mussels

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    Umm... swearing isnt allowed on TPU. what you did put swearing in every single post you've ever had on the forum.
     
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    No, no, the reasoning was it allegedly insulted other forum members. And ok i understand the swearing thing, even though i still see swearing daily on the forums, and i also dont think the f-word should be such a tabu. But it doesnt matter. Its off-topic anyway.
     
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    The F word being taboo is irrelevant, the reason the infraction was worded that way is because that is a default infraction setup by w1zzard. swearing = insult, so thats why that one was used.

    you do see swearing on the forums, and we discourage it - but one random post is a lot different to every post, as explained before.

    and yes it is off topic, so i'm happy to move the discussion to PM if you wish.
     
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    No need, thanks for the clarification though. I do try to respect the forum rules. Most of the time anyways, hehe.
     
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    The oft-spoken advice of my 94-year old grandmother, who knows nothing about computers, nonetheless applies: "moderation in all things" says she. Technology changes us, whether it's the phone, the television, portable music player, computer, or Internet. All these inventions had a profound impact on the people who brought them into their homes and made them parts of their daily lives. Such profound change has consequences, good and bad. We are beginning to understand the power of computer-aided learning, especially when it involves games; on the other hand we see adverse effects on real-world social interaction in some cases.

    We can't afford to be ignorant of the bad or the good effects of these technologies if we want what's best for our youth—and for ourselves.
     
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  17. Kreij

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    Well said TIGR. I would just change it a little ...

     
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