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Psychology of Social Media

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I recently read an article in the New York Times entitled Mind Over Mass Media. Steven Pinker, professor of psychology at Harvard, airs many great points and things to keep in mind when handling Mass Media/Social Media. Here are a few:

1. With the rise and coming of new technologies, people throughout history have created a panic that *insert technology* will be the decline of human intelligence.

2. “These panics fail reality checks” – i.e. crime rates have fallen when video games became extremely popular

3. “If electronic media were hazardous…” science, philosophy [and many other areas] would be plummeting. Furthermore, there are many myths of social media – i.e. the multi-tasking myth

4. “Distraction (as people site as a source of panic) is not a new phenomenon” – We, as humans, have always had distraction and just because social media is here to stay does not mean we immediately cave into it–we must learn to control it for it is clearly a useful tool.

5. With social media, knowledge has become increasingly exponential. Technology enables us to sift and sort what we need and want at a rapid rate.


Written by socialmediashark

June 17, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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