If I could only bring one thing to a deserted island, it would probably be my cell phone. In this article, the authors discuss the influence cell phones have on our own self-broadcasting. Certain theories focusing on motivation and network externalities are highlighted throughout the article compare the types of communication college students, like myself, utilize today.
One thing that I found very interesting was that Hilary Clinton, a well-known political figure, received news of Gaddafi’s capture VIA TEXT MESSAGE. Can I get a LOL?! This is an example of just how much communication has changed and altered since the use of smartphones. The article states that cell phones give us quick access to family, friends and co-workers, while making communication more convenient at the same time. This statement is definitely true. As a 20 year old college student I have become so accustomed to the convenience of my cell phone being able to perform tasks and inform me as well with information that I need to know. I can’t tell you how many times I have used the internet on my smart phone to look up numbers, business hours, and so much more. Even though it is a literally embarrassing, I will admit that I would be completely lost without my smartphone.
According to the article, “Research suggests social network cites are among the top destinations for mobile phone users.” I couldn’t agree more. I use my phone more to connect to friends via Twitter and Facebook more than I actually do to make legit phone calls…welcome to 2014 I guess? That brings us to the term “self-broadcast.” How much are you broadcasting yourself? Are there limits to self-broadcasting? Personally, I feel as though there is such a thing as too much self-broadcasting which could in turn be a bad thing too.
Yes, it’s interesting to see where your friends “check in” on Facebook, and always a little entertaining browsing through Facebook albums. However, some over-do the sharing.
Oh, you woke up late and your car wouldn’t start? Sorry to hear that. Wait, your cat puked on you too? Didn’t need to know that…
It’s true. We all have over-shared sometimes on our social network sites, but we also need to be careful too. This relates to the class discussion we had today about professionals using certain network sites to state their opinions and feelings. Bashing someone, especially another employee, boss or company is over-stepping sharing, and is VERY unprofessional. Those individuals should accept their consequences after making a bad decision.
Oh, you hate your job and your boss is an idiot? I’d rather hear about your cat if I have to instead.
Yartey, Franklin N., and Louisa Ha. “Like, Share, Recommend: Smartphones as a Self-Broadcast and Self-Promotion Medium of College Students.” International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction (2013): 20-36. Web. 3 Mar. 2014.