The research was for a paper, a chosen topic for a class which explores the impact of technology on society.
This is that paper.
It's been graded (and received a 100%) and returned.
As some people have asked to see the results of the survey and/or the paper, this seemed like the best place to distribute it. Obviously.
There's no abstract. The gist of it is in the title. You might like it.
- The survey results are available here, nice and clean in a pdf: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0L6-YMPxtu7SnYyUy0tb3hCb0E/view?usp=sharing
The paper is long, and is available in two formats:
You can access the pdf here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0L6-YMPxtu7RTF2Q0loNmVpNnc/view?usp=sharing
and if you don't like that idea, you can read it here...(but the pdf is better because the footnotes are on corresponding pages, instead of a long stream at the bottom, like they are here. You know. If you're into footnotes or something.)
“Today's social media, while for the most part reflects what we would expect to see with LARGE groups of people offline I also think the animosity that most social media sites allow has resulted in people being much more aggressive "bullying" than they perhaps might otherwise. I do believe that this needs to be seriously controlled and regulated and should be treated as severely as it would be 'in real life'.”
“I think tremendous potential is there, whether for positive, negative, or no influence at all - the decision rests in the hands of the individual user and the choices they make minute to minute and day to day. Like any powerful medium, it is a tool, and used wisely, it can enrich your life and benefit the world at large. Used foolishly or thoughtlessly, it's power to damage and lay waste is almost incalculable.”
“Social media is a powerful tool that is often times abused for the purpose of damaging people. Despite this shortcoming, it is a prevalent and easy way to keep in contact with friends and family. It has proven much more reliable than phone numbers and addresses when times of economic depression hit, because the accounts don't change simply because you can't afford to pay for them anymore.As a result I think it has been a powerful tool in the fight to keep my generation off the streets, and over all has aided in the reduction of homelessness due to its ability to maintain and forge new contacts. I speak from first hand experience.”
“It's fun. Sometimes you meet people you never would have otherwise. As long as it's used appropriately it can gain positive results. But, just like any tool, it can be used to ill gain.”
“Using social media is and always will be, a personal choice. like it or hate it, its a part of modern life now.”
“Social media is an important part of my life because many of my online friendships have transitioned to 'real life/real time' friendships.”
 Duggan, Maeve, and Aaron Smith. "Social Media Update 2013." Pew Research Centers Internet American Life Project. *As of January 2014