WRIT/350 - Team C Outline (from Week 3)

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Team C
August 6, 2018
Amy Delcambre

Thesis and Outline
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Social Media: Spotlight on Facebook

Thesis Statement: Like most new things, the potential is there for good and negative outcomes. As we become more inundated with the technology of social media, patterns of negative results begin to emerge.


A. Introduction (LAUREN)

  1. Overview of Facebook

The start of Facebook, which is now the world’s largest social network site, began in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg along with his fellow Harvard College roommates. Initially it began to expand through the higher education institutes in the Boston are, the Ivy League schools, and Stanford University. It soon became the added support that students in universities and high school needed. In 2006 anyone that was 13 years or older was allowed to register and provides a place for connection by sharing photos, videos and other updates. Being able to establish relationships with not only people but also companies, with just over 2.2 billion monthly active users.

  1. Brief Overview of Major Disadvantages of Social Media

The major disadvantages of Social Media are Security issues and bullying. The fact that security agencies have access to peoples personal accounts makes privacy almost impossible. Nothing is private, personal data can be hacked and shared through the Social media site with the click of a button. Identity theft has become a big issue and one of the most dangerous disadvantages of the social media use.
When it comes to cyberbullying, it is an ongoing problem in our society. According to the PewCenter.org many children have become victims of cyberbullying. Anyone is able to create an account and not be traced. It is so easy to bully someone when you are not the one that is doing it. Hiding behind social media threats is the easiest way to intimidate someone. The internet has become a platform for others to hurt others through and we need to figure out a way to stop it.

B. Security issues (MO)

  1. Easy to Make/Access Accounts: There are age requirements on all social media sites, however, there is no way to prove the validity of this. There are also no ways to validate personal information, including age, gender, etc. This causes possible negative ramifications.
  2. Lack of Rule Enforcement: There are rules that are explained and accepted by users on all social media sites, however, there is no way to actually enforce the rules. There are ways to implement checks and balances, as most platforms utilize review features of reported content. However, it does not have a full and comprehensive reach among all users.
  3. Privacy: There has been an influx of spam, including links, posts, etc. that cause privacy issues. It is simply too easy to hack into someone's social media outlets. With the recently elections here in the United States, there has been proof that our privacy on social media is more so a facade than what has been implied.
  4. Awareness: There has been increased awareness of security issues within the social media community. Users are now more informed and have been educated on how to be proactive with protecting their privacy online.

C. The Breakdown of personal and interpersonal relationships (MICHELLE)

  1. Reality of Relationships vs. Perception of Relationships: The relationships on Facebook are not as real as the ones that are created in real life. There is no effort involved to friend someone and just as little of an effort to end a friendship or to unfriend someone. A large majority of people will re-connect with friends from high school or even grade school, and by just clicking the mouse, the friendship is renewed and it’s as if no time has passed. But is it really just the same? Most times, no, it is not a close friendship but a series of likes and birthday wishes.
  2. Maintaining Relationships: Is it really maintaining a relationship when all that is involved is reading each other's posts and commenting once in a while? There are many times when it does work for just that purpose; maintaining relationships. For those that live on opposite sides of the country or the world, Facebook is a great place to get together and catch up by posting pictures and details of special events.
  3. How Facebook Affects Non-Social Media Relationships: There are several ways non-social media relationships suffer when a person spends a lot of time on Facebook. The Facebook user only posts a portion of the things that they do, and this leads to a poorly shaped opinion. There are also times when an active Facebook users plans events and posts them only to their social media sites. They are neglecting at least 20% of their friends who will never see the evite.

D. Effects of Social Media on Teens (TIFFANY)
A.Bullying on Social Media

  1. Secret Discussions-Facebook allows adolescents to socialize on many different platforms. There are their personal pages, their private messaging for their personal accounts, personal groups that are invite only, and comments on public pages. These avenues present multiple outlets for children to interact.
  2. Privacy Invasion-With a click of a button a personal conversation can be made public. Once the information is posted, as long as Facebook does not see it as too controversial, at times, anyone can see it. Children who aren’t watched will use Facebook as means to attempt to insult their peers.
  3. Issues In School- Many times issues that arise in school will flow onto Facebook where a student can express themselves in ways they wouldn’t be able to in school. These actions would consequence disciplinary action if handled accordingly in a scholastic environment.

B.False Imaging/Identity

  1. False Pretenses/Unrealistic Information-Teens are seeing the information that is posted on Facebook as real life. They see the altered pictures, celebrity profiles, and read status updates that couldn’t be farther than the truth. Teens will use what the see on Facebook as an outline for what their life should be.

C.Needed Parental Guidance and Input

  1. Monitoring-parents need to keep a watchful eye on their children’s interaction to protect them from the dangers they can be exposed to.
  2. Creating Rules-Teens need clear guidelines as to what is acceptable social media behavior
  3. Language/Usage-Parents need to limit their child’s interactions on Facebook and make sure that the pages and interaction their child experiences aren’t in disruption of the discipline requirements the child has been expected to follow.

E. Social Media and the Need to Stay Engaged (DAVID)

  1. Professional Engagement

Although Facebook is one of the more popular social media platforms, it is still far from being used to its full potential. Because of its widely known presence, it makes a great business marketing tool. Businesses can use a Facebook account to further interact with their clients and consumers. This marketing feature allows businesses to feel more approachable and connected to the consumers. The need to stay connected provides another avenue of presence that commercials, billboards, and other advertising venues provide.

  1. Personal Engagement

Perhaps Facebook's foundation and longevity is in its ability to connect individuals on a personal level. Facebook connects families, colleagues, and old friends. It is this factor that has made Facebook more of a personal social media platform than a professional one. Users of social media post information, personal thoughts, and images of their personal lives. The mixture of professional and personal content has not all been successful. Police officers have been dismissed, and others not hired, because of the content on their Facebook accounts.

Social media is about engagement. Facebook shows the number of contacts/friends a person has. As other social media forums join the medium, 'followers' and 'likes' begin to show a person's media popularity. When monetary value also becomes a part of the social media engagement, the tendency to create new ways to draw attention to your media platforms leads to a continuous feed of staying engaged and 'up-ing' the latest online trend.

F. Lifestyle Impacts on Work and Home (CHARLENE)

  1. Facebook Effect on Adults - Facebook offers major opportunities for social connections, especially across long distances, but it can have a negative impact on adults as well as work and home life. Adults can suffer from increased stress and anxiety while using the social media platform because they can feel inadequate compared to their counterparts known as friends. Too much of these negative feelings can lead, or exacerbate, mental health issues.
  2. Negligence at Work and Other Negative Impacts - Work environments can suffer from negligence due to too much Facebook time. That negligence can be in the form of not getting work done or not paying proper attention. Such distraction can result in small consequences to fatal ones, especially in the healthcare field. Employees can also suffer consequences at work based on what is found on their Facebook profiles. The platform is a social network and expected to be considered part of someone’s personal life. However, even before Facebook, personal actions could have consequences in other areas. Facebook has simply made it easier and faster to find out and spread.
  3. Negligence at Home - Adults who find themselves playing too many games and engaging constantly on Facebook are likely to end up neglecting their home and family. Many things the social media site offers are far more interesting than much of the required chores one must accomplish like household cleaning, taking care of the pets adequately, or even conversing with the family social circle. Lack of quality time spent with close friends and family can cause strain and create barriers.

G. Conclusion (LAUREN)

  1. How to Avoid a Negative Facebook Experience
  2. Advantages to Facebook
  3. Predicted Result if Facebook Experiences Do Not Improve

In order to avoid negative Facebook Experience we must think before we type, in this case. Since everything is public information filtering and censoring out certain information can either make or break your business and personal life. There are many advantages to having a Facebook page. Not are you able to reach a huge demographic of people but you are also building brand loyalty. This platform allows for an increased exposure in order to gather more leads to reach the target audience. This will in turn increase your web traffic and boost sales. If Facebook experiences do not change they will most certainly go out of business. There are other types of social media outlets that are as competitive as Facebook is when it comes to the features offered. The next best thing is always waiting to come and take over the social media world.


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