Social Network Proposal
- The audience is the users of Facebook and those affected by the lack of human communication. These people are the target audience due to their direct contact with Facebook, and the affects they would feel from any major changes. The affects would be felt in a loss of friends or a more social interaction promoting human interaction, forcing these people to become more social.
- As social animals, humans need other humans. We gather our friends, family, and those we enjoy to be around. Within this there are different categories of these friends based on the reason we communicate with them, whether out of profit, pleasure, or principle. Facebook attempts to do this by moving this interaction online. By doing so, it also cheapens the relationships formed and distances us from those people. Facebook makes us think that we are building credible lasting connections to people when in reality most of the people we “friend” on Facebook we rarely speak to, either online or in person.
- Facebook Prompts that suggest you video call someone you are messaging as well as prompts asking if you would like to delete a friend you have never had contact with or haven’t in a long time.
- These programs should be implemented so that the users of Facebook that may consider themselves social, but don’t have real face-to-face contact can be influenced to have a face-to-face conversation with someone. The problem with society today is that people are losing the ability to have conversations in real life because they don’t know how to interact with other humans. Also, people are friends with others on Facebook when they have never met them before. If Facebook had a prompt that asked you to delete people you aren’t in contact with, it may make people think more about who they consider friends and more about what the term “friend” really means.
- The benefits of having a pop-up like bubble that appears when chatting, that encourages the user to video call, would be to remind the user that there is an option to video call. People may not ever click it, but it will at least get them thinking about it. By having a constant reminder that nudges you to video call instead of typing through anonymous words, it makes people want socialize with more a humane sense.The other solution of having no contact with a person’s facebook page prompting the user to remove the friend, will technically not benefit, but help the user realize how many actual people he cares about. It is common to see Facebook users having more than one-thousand friends and how they visit only a handful of people each day. With the constant reminders of prompting to remove ‘friends’ who you never talk to, it will benefit society as a whole to help them focus about making quality relationships instead of meaningless ones.
- This idea will be implemented by first trying to email Facebook to try to get a response from them. Most likely it would be incredibly hard to get in contact with CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and the more logical way to spread the suggestions would be to create polls and Facebook groups. By having a famous figure promote a poll, asking whether or not people agree with implementing the changes, can also help spread the word more quickly. The more groups or pages that promote the society benefiting poll, it may be brought to Facebook’s attention that the users want changes.
- The opposition that we may face with our proposal is that many people are addicted to social networking. The population that is addicted to networking is pretty set with the amount of time they spend with social media, as opposed to spending time with real face to face interactions with people. Another problem that we may face with our proposal is that we are trying to convenience a vast majority of our proposal. There are more people who are for heavy social media usage, than against it. (Kanalley, Craig. “The Problem With the Media’s Social Media Addiction.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 08 Oct. 2012. Web. 26 Nov. 2012. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/craig-kanalley/problem-social-media-addiction_b_1949488.html)
- An addressing of the obstacle of trying to get a huge population, who may be affected by addiction to understand and agree with our proposal is placing out proposal with statics, and real life situations where the use of social media has greatly affected many from all over the world, and from different walks of life. In addition to showing startling statics on our research we can place our proposal on a social media site, tag as many as we can and can spread the word about the proposal by the means of grass roots campaign and getting the buzz out by word of mouth.
- The call to action for this proposal is to raise awareness of the lack of interactions people have face to face. Not only is this proposal to raise awareness of the lack of face to face interactions people have with one another, but it is also to show people the affects of social networking sites and the relationships that people have with one another. It overall affects the social skills and communication of people who isolate themselves to social networking and not being able to effectively communicate and interact with the real world.
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