Thursday, February 19, 2009

Social Networking...

So as journalists in the new information age we seem to rely on social networking sites to often times do most of our social interactions. Heck we are blogging to the world about ethics. Obviously social networking sites are a great advantage in the world. Overseas real time communication and finding people who others wise would not have been found is a plus. But, how good is social networking and the sites? The BBC, our trusty British media giant, funded a study that addressed the effects of using social networking sites. The article stated:

"Dr Aric Sigman says websites such as Facebook set out to enrich social lives, but end up keeping people apart. Dr Sigman makes his warning in Biologist, the journal of the Institute of Biology. A lack of "real" social networking, involving personal interaction, may have biological effects, he suggests. He also says that evidence suggests that a lack of face-to-face networking could alter the way genes work, upset immune responses, hormone levels, the function of arteries, and influence mental performance. This, he claims, could increase the risk of health problems as serious as cancer, strokes, heart disease, and dementia."

So what ethical issues can be found, in journalism, in over using social networking sites? Sites like Myspace and Facebook have become staples. Even newer sites like Twitter make it available to live chat/update anywhere at anytime. We can even know someones every move in Dubai while we shimmer in the monitor light in our dorm room on the USU campus. Its unreal and incredible how connected we can be, but at what risk? Although I am using one article and one study, I am sure there is more, from both sides, out there. Like everything, its all about moderation. Over use becomes abuse. Until next time. Cheers!

1 comment:

  1. You raise a good question, Adam. There's a link in this blog's resources (left side of page, under Media Ethics Links) to this column from Poynter that offers some ideas.

    Please post any others that you find so we can discuss them.