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Monday, May 24, 2010

Social Networking

Upon reading the article Social Networking, I thought about all the ways we are able to communicate with each other, but somehow we still find ourselves not communicating enough. I work for a high school that places all homework assignments, grades, important updates, etc. on the web and I still have students tell me that they did not know what they were suppose to do for their homework or what their grade is in a specific class. The social networking systems as stated in the article are becoming "an evolution in human social interaction" My concern with that statement is "are we really interacting with each other" All these systems do not show the facial expressions , tone of voice, mannerism, etc. that truly show what another is feeling or portraying. I understand there is a great purpose to all this social networking, but it can have it's negative points, also.


  1. Interesting point you are making in regards to human social interaction. It does seem like our society is stressing the use of social network communication over face-to-face communication. I'm a firm believer, face-to-face communication still should be stressed and taught in our society. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

  2. Joan I think you and I already agreed on something like this so I just have to say yes yes yes. People learn in different ways and they need the face-to-face or computer interactions. If all we do is tell our students to login, check your blog, and check your facebook then where are they going to learn some of the other communication skills (holding a conversation, interviews). I'm not saying that this technology is bad, but just remember that there is a time and place for it along with some time for face-to-face connections.