Thesis: A previous argument made, stated that the overuse of cell phones, social media and technology in general can show many negative effects in society such as increased anti-social behavior, social anxiety, and an overall distance between real life connections with the people around us and this shows that we as a society have regressed in our face-to-face social skills and is constantly deteriorating as our society becomes more technology-dependant. But, if it has these negative effects on society as a whole, how does it affect a single human being in an individual matter? Research has shown that the increased use of technology in a person’s everyday life can also have negative effects on their mental and physical health throughout their lifespans.
What I am trying to do is convey the point that in addition to my previous research topic that technology hinders true face to face social interactions with one another, it can actually bring upon negative mental and physical health issues along with it. I was still investigating good facts to back up this claim and research studies one by many universities and news articles are the real pieces of evidence that helped me to drive my points further and further and be able to elaborate more on them. I still have questions on how serious are all these effects on the general public or do they only occur in certain people and what are better ways that I can revise a thesis to correlate better with strong main points and help to provide great detail to said points?
My multimodal research essay had to deal with the negative mental and physical effects that came with the overuse of technology, and surprisingly, there are quite many of health risks. I want to use the multimodal aspect of my research to expand upon it in a way that no words could actually bring towards the research essay. To sum up my research essay, I had discovered that overuse of technology such as looking into an electronic screen for too long can actually give you digital eye strain, which is a temporary discomfort in your eye, but can at times, be very deadly to your sight. Studies have also shown that a prolonged exposure to Wi- Fi radiation can actually damage and slow down the flow of sperm cells in a male. To expand on the mental health effects people that spend too much time on social media can actually feel more lonely and depressed and also when people with a heavy use of technology and suddenly have it removed, they can go through withdrawl symptoms similar to those of drug addicts. With these negative effects being brought upon in an individual it is no wonder why society as a whole is being more negatively affected by the overuse and misuse of technology as well. This video further explains on how it even hinders teen education and I completely agree with this since it lines up with alot of the research I have done as well.
I do agree with the fact that people don't fully read and understand the Terms of Service agreements on websites and I for one, personally, am guilty of this. I do realize that it is such an important thing to go through and read and analyze especially when it can deal with so much of my personal and sensitive information and that said website or corporation can do so much with it, that I would be completely unaware of. If a school such as Georgia State University, or any educational facility has a program like Desire to Learn, they should base their terms of service around their student's utmost benefit as a moral obligation to them. I do feel any school should do that, but with this being a university, a university is always business as well and I doubt that they would make a system in which doesn't make as much profit as they can off of the students. I do believe that there should be laws in place that limit educational institutions from acquiring certain types of information from their students that are too personal. I understand that many of this information gathered is used for is demographics and research purposes but even then, that can be too personal. Laws should be enacted on companies that deal with students and just people in general. Some information from people can be too vital and confidential and corporations shouldn't be able to do with it as they please, especially when it is common knowledge that people do not go through the terms of service.
I do believe we shouldn't be judged from what we post online as though that can be a means of personal expression but the Government should have some sort of involvement in monitoring what is being posted online due to the dangers of threats and terrorist acts being enacted upon. Many people say that there should be no monitoring on the internet when people post, but that would make sense if everyone on the internet didn't say questionable and possibly threatening things on the Internet. Contrary to popular belief, I do stand by this belief that the government should continue to monitor the usage of the internet. Technology can protect personal autonomy to a certain extent when it can be used to reflect a personal situation or any particular type of positive topic. The topic of autonomy being protected by technology can provide an answer that can go both ways. Autonomy can be protected but can it actually thrive without an external government guiding it? The fact of self expression and self governing should be protected and respected but the reality is, not everyone can maintain this right as their actions can be judged as questionable at the least, so this raises the question not if they should be protected, but can autonomy protect itself. In terms of regular human life, away from technology, I feel as though we are autonomous at certain times because we always are in control of our thoughts and actions so we do have self control over that body, but there are also times where we are also not truly always autonomous because we all still follow the rules of society and the government that have been laid out for us. We still adhere to basic social norm, so in some senses we are not autonomous, so therefore the answer to that question is completely dependent on the context in which it is being asked. Limitations on autonomy can be a good thing, it allows people to be able to be maintained and keep them from acting out on a whim, there is a certain social standard that people would have to measure up to to allow them to be accepted as proper members of society, such as not committing crimes or harassing people. Certain limitations like the law, can be good for society as a whole so people don't take the wrong actions into their own hands and create their own certain twisted way of justice or doing everything as they please and it allows for there to be a sense of order and prosperity in our environment. So to sum up, autonomy can be a good and bad thing and it should be protected but to a certain extent and depends on the context of what autonomy is leading towards.
I feel as though the the concept of Plagiarism is so broad and poorly defined, it's hard to constitute what really defines plagiarism. Is Plagiarism stealing a complete idea or rewording a sentence? I feel as though many instances of plagiarism are not clearly defined. I feel as though before any one can claim that a paper is an act of plagiarism, it needs to be properly defined. More teachers should explain what defines plagiarism. I feel as though plagiarism is taking a whole idea and claiming it as your own, when it is not. Citing a source would be the only time using someone else's ideas to perpetuate your own points are acceptable. I feel as though plagiarism is caused by students not being fully aware and informed of the subject they are writing about and out of desperation of a getting a good grade, they'd copy someone else's words or ideas, in hopes of getting a good grade. But plagiarism has also had a lot of discrepancies. There is a new program that takes words from a paper and matches them up on the internet and it can claim it as plagiarism even when the student had no intentions of plagiarizing anything, it was just the use of common words and language. I believe the best way to stop plagiarism is to properly explain what it is and give better practice on developing someone's own writing skills when dealing with another source, so they do not plagiarize.
The idea of social media can be defined as websites or networks that allow people to connect with friends and family and provide a tool for people to stay in touch with one another. People often connect, and reconnect, and perhaps even meet new people online, that they would have never have met in the real world and form new friendships and partnerships due to the advancement of social media. Many people see this as a good thing, and while it does have its benefits, it's not to say that it is clear from all it's problems. Social media does indeed have its share of backlash, but not from many of it's users, but from their user's employers. Many employers claim that their employees are too distracted due to the use and misuse of social media on the job and that their are consistent losses of profits due to the slowing of productivity which they claim, a good percentage of, comes from the use of social media while present in the workplace and on their shifts.
Statistics show about how social media sites are affecting the workplace and how some employers are trying to fight back . According to the Huffington Post, over 36% of employers block access to social media sites which is an increase from the previously recorded 29% in 2012. 43% of businesses allow any sort of access to any social media sites which is a decrease of 10%. Why is this? It has been reported that billions of dollars in productivity are lost due to misuse of social media in the workplace. The exact amount is to be known at $650 Billion according to Mashable. We see how some employers try to combat by blocking social media sites and trying to save productivity.
I suggest that employers continue to partake in this practice of blocking social media sites in the workplace, unless that said job involves some use of social media. Employers could also have filters on their Wi-Fi connections so that these sites are not able to be accessed on computers and mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. If this practice continues, I feel as though the money lost every year due to these misuse of social media should decrease.