CHOOSE ONE OF THE PROMPTS

How do you view time? (What does it mean to be late? On time?) Does context matter in relationship to time? How does culture impact the perception of time?

OR

Look at your forms of social media. Analyze the pictures that you post. What do you believe your pictures say about you (not what was going on in the pictures, but if someone who didn’t know you well went to your social media site, what impression do you give). Include memes, videos, etc. 

Do you believe their impression of you who you see yourself as would be the same? How well does social media depict the life experience? Are there problems with those depictions?

The Impression and Presentation by Social Media

My social media typically presents who I am as a person in an outside perspective, i.e. my appearances based on my photos, my likes and dislikes based on my posts, reactions to posts, and pages I liked or followed. Looking just at my profile page will give people some impression of their own, but mostly their evaluations would be skin-deep, culminating to the conclusion if I’m a likeable person or not, especially for strangers. More about what I believe and know may reveal themselves based on my posts about issues (Wyche, Schoenebeck & Forte, 2013), or the reactions and comments I give for such issues in politics, environment, and basically anything under the sun. People can assess my moods or my connections with other people based on my relationships, and the photos of the people I interact or have a relationship with. They can tell if I like animals/pets, or the food I like.

However, these are not enough to really know the person as he or she is. In a nutshell, a human being is a dynamic and complex person. In fact, there is a danger of generalizing or judging people based on their actions and posts in social media, although such is inevitable especially if there are no opportunities to meet, communicate, and better know the person. Impressions however, can be dangerous, as they can make or break a person even before the eventual meeting (Veil, Buehner, & Palenchar, 2011), especially in the case of looking for a job, or being an employee, whose social media account can be viewed by colleagues and even bosses at the company. Hence, discretion and care on what to post in social media, be it Facebook or twitter. must be practiced, because you might be judged instantly by people who know so little about you, but nonetheless has a power over some aspects of your life, e.g. your job. Likewise, people should not easily judge a person by the impressions built based on what they see on the social media account and activities of a person. It might help make initial evaluations of the type of person, that may ready others on how to interact with them during a first meeting, but open-mindedness must still be instilled to give the said person the benefit of the doubt.

 

References:

 

Veil, S. R., Buehner, T., & Palenchar, M. J. (2011). A work‐in‐process literature review: Incorporating social media in risk and crisis communication. Journal of contingencies and crisis management, 19(2), 110-122.

 

Wyche, S. P., Schoenebeck, S. Y., & Forte, A. (2013, February). Facebook is a luxury: An exploratory study of social media use in rural Kenya. In Proceedings of the 2013 conference on Computer supported cooperative work (pp. 33-44). ACM.