Social Media Experiment Results

After 2 weeks of seeing how social media affects my life, it is clear that it does. However how it does is precarious to me. On one hand I found it difficult to carry out tasks that needed simple communication such as meeting up with other people, however I found that the absence of petty discussion on a day to day basis made me feel in general care free and I felt better for it. As I predicted it was the absence of small day to day issues as a result of issues raised online that enhanced my overall well-being, resulting an average ‘well-being’ score of 7.8 over the course of the week I spent without social media. It was during week days that my score was the highest as this is the time where I use social media the most. During the weekend I saw that without the use of social media and means of communication hindered the way I functioned with those around me.

The evidence to support my findings was clear to see once I entered the week where I recorded my general well-being whilst allowing myself to use social media. In the first day, I got into an argument online as I saw someone else cyber bullying another person on Twitter. Feeling that I had to defend the person mentioned, it was clear to see that my original hypothesis that people had become irresponsible with social media was being supported. This not only impacted on my well being as I had fallen out with a number of people over the incident, but it enhanced my opinion. Despite petty arguments such as this encountered, I did find the practicality of social media refreshing, being able to communicate freely with my friends made life overall easier. This is something I feel I should have taken into account at the start of my experiment; as practicality does bit impact on well-being, yet it was an important factor in what my stance on social media is after the experiment.

Overall my findings from this experiment have been that people are irresponsible with the freedom of speech they are given through the medium of the internet, however it’s practical uses make life easier to live. The solution to this like most cases of ethical studies is unclear. I personally am a Platonist and believe that we all have a knowledge of what the right thing to do is, but it is only based on education that we confirm our innate ideas and understanding the etiquette of the world around us. Let us not forget that all of these means of communication are extremely short lived and new to us. I believe that the introduction of a technology that impacts our lives today in so many ways has been naively accepted as a means of communication we can use responsibly, there has been no guidelines, no line drawn to suggest the point of yes and no, right or wrong, and without this knowledge we will continue to run rampant without consideration. As Plato remarks in Republic, humans only recognise what is familiar to them. Social media is a tool we do not yet recognise and therefore do not understand how to use in the right way.

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Commodus as Hercules. Marble Roman bust of emperor Commodus as Hercules. Accordingly, Commodus is dressed in lion skin, holding a club in one hand, and the apples of the Hesperides in the other. 191-192 AD.

The following are segments from the ancient Roman Historia Augusta, The Life of Commodus, dating to about the 4th century:

"He was called also the Roman Hercules, on the ground that he had killed wild beasts in the amphitheatre at Lanuvium; and, indeed, it was his custom to kill wild beasts on his own estate.

He pretended once that he was going to Africa, so that he could get funds for the journey, then got them and spent them on banquets and gaming instead. He murdered Motilenus, the prefect of the guard, by means of poisoned figs. He allowed statues of himself to be erected with the accoutrements of Hercules; and sacrifices were performed to him as to a god.”

Courtesy & currently located at the Capitoline Museum, Italy. Photo taken by cmgramse.


Ponte di Pietra, Verona, Italy (by Giuliano Cattani)

Social media experiment (before)

Social media impacts upon my life on a daily basis, communicating with friends and finding out key information is an option I hold in my pocket every minute of everyday. In an increasingly globalised world, this has detrimental effects on the way society functions and communicates.

I often question the use of social media, granted it has had its uses such as organising protest and uniting groups of similar beliefs that would otherwise remain isolated, why, I’m even proving that point now by writing to you now. My point being is that social media is often misused and abused to the worser effect of victims of cyber bullying for example. This is a term that would not have existed a decade ago, but it is because if the freedom of speech we find ourselves to behold over the medium of the internet it is relevant to our lives today.

Therefore to show the impact it has on me personally, I’m going to ban myself as it were from all forms of social for a week starting today. If I am to use social media, it is only for emergency or to post my progress on Tumblr. I have accounts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Vine and Whatsapp. This means that I shall not open these pages besides interact on them for a whole week. This also applies to texts and phone calls unless for the uses shown above. This will give me an insight into how important the internet is for everyday interaction and also whether I am better off without it. Everyday I shall fill out a self produced questionnaire that will measure my levels of happiness and dependence, therefore giving me a numerical value to make further evaluation of. The following week I will carry out the same procedure but instead use social media as I normally would do.

I am of the position before the experiment that we would all be better off without social media and advanced communication services. This is because in my opinion it causes a breakdown of face to face social interaction and hinders the social skills we develop. I am in the generation of young people who have grown as the internet has grown. This means I maybe acting out of nostalgia but I however will be as honest and open as I can with my data.

I hope this serves of some significance and if there are any improvements/suggestions to be made about my experiment, be sure to ask me about it in the ‘ask me anything’ section or reply to this post. I’d love to hear from you and I’ll post my findings in due course



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What’s the need for a time limit in exams?

As a student looking to go to university next year I find myself often looking at exams in the future. Then it struck me that I disagree with the way this common assessment is carried out.

It isn’t the actual content and complexity of the paper set, but more the conditions in which it is set. Time limits are set on exams so we can prove to deal with strenuous issues efficiently and respond to a task under pressure within a short period of time. It is this skill that is meant to be translated into everyday life and provide us with the confidence that we can do this in the workplace.

I disagree. A time limit applied to an exam only in my opinion creates unnecessary stress, confusion and hinders the development of an answer filled with quality, depth of analysis and understanding. To me, in an atmosphere where personally I never remember what happens anyway, exams provide no other skills to the table other than the grades they churn out.

In my opinion the exam system in the UK completely underpins the quality of education given to students. Instead of discussing key issues that apply to life, instead we are forced to stick to a precise syllabus that achieves exam success but prohibits the development of useful and applicable knowledge. To me, a distinct separation has to be made here between knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge is the understanding of facts, figures and snippets of information. Wisdom is the reflection, application and understanding of a broad scope of knowledge that can be used in highly relevant, real-life situations. The exams system that dictates our educational system produces aimless knowledge and not wisdom.

It could however be argued that in the modern day recruitment environment, education is not for the use of knowledge but instead the signs shown that you can acquire this knowledge in a way that shows that you can learn specialist skills later on. However the obtainment of wisdom can be used in the same way. Showing that one can demonstrate critical analysis, evaluation, discussion and quality of literacy to me shows far more promise.

The younger generation being educated in my opinion have lost appetite for education. Even testament to my own experience, being part of a grammar school, all I see on a daily basis is in the majority a lack of enthusiasm, passion and motivation. The culprit of this situation is in my opinion an expanse of dry and relentless topic areas that only give the impression that education is a chore rather than an essential part of life and a privilege. We have to get students excited for lessons, teach them not from a textbook but from the mind and heart.

The abolition of exam time limits and ideally a change in the assessment of education would not only change the way academic ability is judged, but the way it is taught. This mindset installs intrinsic values into the minds of our young; that honourable virtues such as the drive to work hard and the attitude that learning is rewarding will in my opinion even drastically change the way we behave in society.

With education comes a development of previously mentioned honourable values, a strong level of common sense and a feeling of purpose and ambition. This can be applied to society because in the ways it can reduce crime, unemployment, the wealth gap, productivity and increase household income, efficiency in all industries and a mentality that promotes community cohesion. What we are all forgetting is the importance of education in life, it moulds who we and the places we want to be.

The way to combat this problem is to change the way education is assessed because in turn this changes the way education prior to the assessment is organised. I suggest assignments and tasks given that provide value in the workplace but also install important educational values that change the mindset of our young generation that not only provides them with knowledge but the wisdom and common sense that allows them to develop as level headed people

Thank you for reading, any response and feedback would be genuinely appreciated and welcomed- Joe Grant

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