Online communities will help me only if I use it cautiously

Online communities will help me only if I use it cautiously

After watching the documentary “Growing Up Online” by Frontline, I had many responses to some of the topics mentioned in the film. The following responses to questions from Mr.Jones’s blog will show what I felt about the documentary.

#1 In what ways would you need to change your routine in order to disconnect yourself from all media (i.e. no TV, no Internet, etc.) What problems would you encounter if you unplugged for one day? One week? One month?

Since I am not a person who is always online, it is not very hard very me to totoally disconnet my self from all media. For example, I could spend my time doing something I like: cross-stitch.  These days since I am developing a taste for cross-stitching, which would easily help me change my routine to disconnect my self from the media. Although it might sound tedious at first, I love the fact that I am cross-stitching Xs and make a beautiful artwork. Moreover, if that cross-stitch is for people who have helped me I am more excited to spend my time expressing my gratitude towards them. Thus, rather than turning on my computer after I finish taking my nap, I can take out my cross-stitch and begin working on it.

However, a major problem that I would encounter is missing emails that are important for my classes such as APUSH. Mr. Macklin sends important information about discussions, quizzes, tests, and activities for next class through email. If I fail to get plugged in, then it is very possible that I cannot read these emails and thus fail to prepare effectively for my next APUSH class.

Of course, I would have some problems with my friends, who will be disappointed that I am not available to talk with them online. Yet, I have been offline for a while that my friends are used to the fact that I am offline most of the time.

#2 How many hours per week do you estimate you spend on Facebook or similar personal networking sites? What are the benefits and disadvantages of using these sites?

Now that I am accepted to a college, I spend about 3 hours  on Facebook. One definite benefit of using these sites is opportunity to make friends and socialize with my future class mates. Through the site, I am able to socialize with my future classmates and current students at Claremont colleges. Recently I have been talking to a student at Claremont McKenna who asked me if I would like to work as a layout staff at Claremont Conservative (a publication). Since I see opportunities that Facebook can present to me, I spend more time on Facebook than before.

A disadvantage on the other hand, would be lack of wise time management. As soon as I am done with Facebook business, I get really tired and go to bed. Well, I could have used my time wisely to finish my assignment and prepare for next day.

#3 To what extent are you aware of viral marketing, the use of “advertorials” (presenting advertisements as editorial content), or direct marketing on Facebook and other social networking sites?

I am aware of the fact that there is a direct marketing on Facebook and other social networking sites because I see advertisements on the right side of the Facebook page. However, I was not clearly aware that there were use of “advertorials.”

#4 Personal response based on your individual viewing of “Growing Up Online”.

I thought this documentary was a pretty accurate reflection of the ongoing conflict that arises from Internet. The documentary was supporting neither parents nor teenagers. It had interviews from both sides that allowed me to comprehend the situation objectively and accurately. Moreover, I really liked the fact that the documentary portrayed that many teenagers are aware of cyber predators and do not talk to these strangers who ask their addresses. As a participant of the online community, I know that my friends and I are aware that we should not talk to strangers who ask “weird” questions. However, parents do not know about this and get an inaccurate belief that their children will be the next victim of online predator at any moment. Thus, I felt that Frontline did an excellent job presenting this problem.