The Effects of Globalization in Social Media
Professor Josef Horacek
November 18, 2012
Globalization by definition is the mixing of cultures, companies and nations. It is driven by international trade, investments, and most important to this generation, informational technology such as: computers, smart phones, the internet, and social media. Usually the word appears when referring to interactions between people of different cultures and nationalities. However with the increase of the use of social media, the need of interpersonal connections becomes less important. Social media has assisted big businesses with customer relations, giving individuals a sense of closeness with companies that they buy from. Social media has also helped the average
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Besides the obvious causes and effects that the social media has on globalization, there are also more inconspicuous consequences. In Sherry Turkle’s article in the New York Times, she expounds on the idea that in the silence of connection, we are comforted by being in touch with millions if people at a distance. She explains that we have learned the habit of cleaning up human the human relationship with the help of social media and advancing technology. But it is a method in which we cut ourselves short. To make matters even worse, it seems that as time passes we stop caring, and become unable to make a distinction between the two. We are tempted to think that our little tastes of online connection add up to a big guzzle of actual conversation. But they just cannot substitute the real thing. E-mail, Twitter, Facebook, all of these have their places in things like, politics, exchange, romance and companionship. But no matter how cherished, they do not take the place of real live conversation. When people are by themselves, even for a few seconds, they fidget and reach for their devices. Connection functions like a symptom, not a cure, and our continual, reflexive impulse to bond with others, forms a new, and disabling way of being (Turkle,1).