Archive for May, 2010

Week 9 Assignment

May 28, 2010

For the online happiness day, of course I spent it mostly on Facebook, checking my Tweets, and watching YouTube videos (while checking the views on my squirrel video, of course!). I always have fun doing this online stuff, especially when it means I get to procrastinate, and when it gets me in a state of flow. For my offline happiness day, I used the “graduating soon” reason to meet up with friends that I’ve lost contact with since 1st and 2nd years. With the busy lifestyle that graduating seniors experience, it was great to just meet up with friends and remember old times and talk about the future after graduation.

For me personally, it was hard to determine which of the two (online or offline) brought me more happiness. On the one hand, meeting up with old friends is the only way you can really get that truly sentimental feeling of hanging out. On the other hand, networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter present fun ways to connect with friends, even friends that you wouldn’t be able to meet in person due to distance. In relation to the reading, if you aren’t on SNS sites, then you don’t exist to your friends. However, I’d have to say that the most happiness was the offline experiences. For me, the online fun is fun you have in between the incredibly fun offline times. If you’re always online, you can find yourself part of the “generation of lonely,” where all you do is have online interactions and very limited offline interations, if any. It sometimes gets to the point where online life consumes so much time that it ruins many social relationships.

In conclusion, while I have a blast doing stuff online, life is much more fulfilling with offline interactions. Or even better, how about combining the two worlds, such as meeting up with friends to watch YouTube videos, or even create them together!

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Week 8 Assignment

May 21, 2010

I thought this online dating assignment was super interesting. Just like the reading states, there’s this certain stigma with meeting someone and falling in love online. Many people feel that relationships can only be legitimate if they happen naturally and in person. It could be because of those horror stories of people meeting someone in person that they initially met online, and being fooled about what the other person looked like or how their personality was, or in the worst case scenario, real-life meetings that result in violence or death. However, there are those success stories you hear about with people that first met online, and it gives a glimmer of hope in this somewhat recent social phenomenon. I would normally never sign up for an online dating site, so it was nice to have this experiment to see what an online dating site actually looks like.

Since the experiment was just to browse the profiles for 15 minutes, I had a bit of fun looking at the profiles of different people. There were so many, and the thing that I looked at first was the pictures and the physical appearance of the person. Based on the picture, I looked at attractiveness, and if I could picture myself dating that person. If that checkpoint passed, then I looked at the actual profile, and read up on the personal info. Some people had some basic information, but others had full on paragraphs of what they wanted to portray themselves as. Whether this was truthful or not is questionable, but I figure that most people wouldn’t put so much effort into their profile if they weren’t serious about meeting someone. It was cool to see how match.com shows users who would be the best match, and it was interesting to see who match.com thought I would be good with. Whether I would actually date someone off the site is up to a lot of things, but considering I’m still pretty young, I would not right now. I think where it would be okay is if I’m not as social as I am in college and meeting new people is very difficult. As of right now, I wouldn’t participate in online dating, but I don’t think it should have as much of a stigma as it has now.

Week 7 Assignment

May 14, 2010

The person that I Facebook stalked is Kristine Isidro. She was born on February 8 and is 20 years old. She is currently single and looking for friendship and networking. Her hometown is Delano, CA, and she is Catholic. Her favorite music consists of artists such as Kina Grannis, Joseph Vincent, and AJ Raphael, and she likes to watch the TV show Glee. Her email address is kristine.isidro@gmail.com, and she has two AIM screennames. She is involved with a couple of campus organizations and groups, including Samahang Pilipino and Students First. She likes baking, post-its, coffee, food, music, dippin dots, new car smell, and awkward snails. She has 630 Facebook friends, and we have 30 friends in common.

This experiment is all about privacy, especially in relation to online privacy with social networking sites like Facebook. I thought it was interesting how I could find so much information about Kristine, without having to say a word to her. Related to the article, I think it’s interesting that there seems to be a disconnect with people putting personal information on their profile, but being shocked and feeling violated when someone talks about their info on their profile to them in person. It’s weird that people get so surprised that something that they put out for everyone to see is being talked about like it weren’t meant to be shared. I’ve had direct experience with this as an Orientation Counselor and warning incoming students to be careful with what they put online, especially inappropriate pictures and confidential information. It’s hard to not slip through and post something on your profile that you didn’t mean for someone to see. I feel like in today’s society, the only way to have true online privacy is to not participate in these social networks at all.

Week 6 Assignment

May 7, 2010

I thought this assignment was cool because it’s something I’ve always noticed every time I post up a status that asks questions. It’s always interesting to see what people write, and it’s interesting to see exactly who replies. As the reading says, Facebook allows us to “talk” to way more people at the same time through the web through things like the status update, and it allows us to maintain relationships with people that we might not see every day. So, every time I posted a question, it was funny to see people who responded it just to mess with me. For example, I asked people which Pokemon they would rather get stuck in an elevator with, and they had to choose between Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander. It was funny to see people write humorous things, such as naming wrong Pokemon such as Onyx and Pikachu, as well as people actually explaining why they chose the Pokemon they chose. It was also nice when I asked for help and people responded to help me out. I had a midterm this week and asked a question about it. One of my really close friends that I haven’t really seen since my second year at college responded, and ended up giving me a nice answer that helped me on my midterm. It’s great to see how something like Facebook can bring so many benefits to our lives, such as getting help and maintaining relationships with people we have lost touch with. Facebook really makes it easier for people to build up social capital.