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 plan on using multimodal composition to further my reader's understanding of the research I have done. Sometimes seeing things make more of a lasting effect than just reading something. I will be using these rather than just pictures because they a more interactive and will hopefully draw the reader further into the my paper. By using tables and video, I will be able to show that the research I have done is actually factual and that I am a reliable source.
I think that the great thing about multimodal evidence is that it adds to a paper in a way that words can't. By adding video, I exoect the reader to be more interested in what I am speaking about and I expect it to help keep their attention. Although, the multimodal evidence and the research I have done go hand in hand in my paper, my evidence hasn't influenced my research. My research influenced what evidence I chose. I went with videos and graphs so the interactive experience would keep the readers attention while reading a paper about science and the medical field, which can be a little dry.
My topic for this semester research essay is the various ways social media has impacted our lives. I centered my research on apps like twitter, facebook, to discussing social media in the work place, to various movements that have sprouted up due to an interesting tool twitter provides called "Hashtag".I am pro- media, and I believe more people should use these mediums because it can certainly increase productivity in all ends.
For my essay, I would use just a picture which just shows consumers usage in these apps, and the growth.
The above graph depicts all content provided in these mediums. However, not all content is relevant or appropriate- This is where users discretion comes into place. Using a multimodal way enables the author of each essay to not only through text make their stance, but also through statistics from charts, and short videos. However, for my particular essay, I relied more on the authors and writers research to make my stance, but i was certainly aided through the pic above. My work was in the simple nature of an essay, with my picture posted below for viewers to see the underlying message and conclude.
In the beginning of the semester I knew I would like to discuss the impact of social media, as not only am I a frequent user of the twitter, facebook applications available. But I also believe it is a game changer in our lives, due to the amount of productivity that can occur just through our smartphones, and laptops. Through the research I have done all semester it is safe to me not just us are benefitting from the social media. Companies test out prototypes to a limited number of people, and can use twitter to receive back their feedbacks about the test product. I also learned that there is a rough correlation between celebrities who are heavily engaged in twitter and instagram to their stardom. One article used Kevin Hart as a brilliant example that supported this claim.He is not only successful and funny behind the cameras but is known to put celebrities to blast on instagram whom wear "flamboyant outfits". With the semester about to wind off at the conclusion of this week- I would like to know if my classmates who comment on this believe in the next 20 years virtually everyone will be on these media mediums? If not, why? Because at this moment there are certainly more pros that cons for being active on the various applications out there.
Terms of Service are every where in our lives. I downloaded a song on iTunes the other day and I had to be reminded of the TOS of using and buying from the iTunes app. Let me just tell you how quickly I clicked agree so my song could start downloading! Just as much as we don't pay attention to the TOS on apps and social media we use daily, we could apply even more so to websites used for scholarly use or educational use. But why? Why is it just so easy to skip over the few pages worth of terms and services instead of reading and being more educated as to our rights on these apps, websites, scholarly and educational sites? First of all, our society has grown to have an attention span of about 1-2 minutes. Secondly, have you ever really skimmed the terms and services? TOS is loaded with heavy verbiage used to almost intentionally turn the reader off from actually wanting to read. Luckily there are sites out there which help to decipher our very legal TOS agreement. As mentioned in the prompt, there is a website known as https://tosdr.org, which is one of the key leaders in providing a way to understand the TOS. In my personal opinion, federal law should most definitely require websites, apps, etc. to provide a service such as TOSDR. Why? Because it is absolutely pertinent that we understand what our rights are as we use these apps. I mean, wasn't this country founded on the idea that every citizen has his/her rights and should be told what his/her rights are? We are now in a day in age where it has become a social norm to be ignorant about how we are allowed to use websites, apps, and items essential to us and how they are allowed to use us! Look at Google for goodness sakes, they filter through our emails to sell out that private information to sell their ad spots! Bringing the violation of rights back to an educational stand point, look at the GSU email. Are we at risk of being filtered through for purposes un-benounced to us?
Education is a very important part of our lives, for adults and college students alike; we learn something new every single moment of the day, whether we are typing a blog post or reading a case brief. One thing I know all of the world is guilty of, especially me because there is no one lazier than I, is failing to learn about the Terms and Services which come with almost every app and website we have access to. Failing to read the TOS is one of the biggest mistakes anyone out there could make; did you know some of our rights can be taken away through TOS? With the idea of TOS being very pertinent to the education of the app or website we are using, should schools be obligated to respect the rights their students have on school orientated websites? Without a doubt, schools MUST be obligated to respect their students rights for two main reasons: we pay money to have access to these websites and therefore we should get the full extent of our money but also because the irony of a school restricting the right of a student of access an educational website is unheard of. Speaking in specific, Georgia State should respect student rights due to tuition and their obligation to the student education. Colleges and schools alike need to respect their students as if they were apart of the system, which brings up another question: Should schools involve students in negotiations for rights? I don't believe students would be up in arms to negotiate for their rights online, just because of the microscopic attention given to the TOS anyway, but I do believe students should have the right to negotiate for them. There might be some students who are involved enough. There should be more attention paid to the TOS, mostly because of they dictate the way we use things (apps, websites, etc.) and how they use us (tracking, microphone, etc.).