What to do about ‘Social Media’ addiction – Join Sparky Social
Social Media as it has grown has now become a dangerous behaviour pattern experienced and practised by the majority of people worldwide, especially among younger people. But rather than reject it all together, Sparky suggests we work within our natural limitations in socialising. Expressions like; ‘reading the room’, ‘keeping good company’, ‘avoid negative thinking’ should be applied, along with the 3 Cs rule that could apply to any social ‘traffic’ or interaction, CARE, COURTESY and CONSIDERATION.
As part of a set of ‘social’ ethics that should be applied to the rampant phenomenon called ‘social media’ (…notice how ‘Social Networks’ became ‘Social Media’ ), Sparky offers an approach that can take the principles of ‘social media’ – which were fine and good in context and within limits) and refine and develop those principles towards a healthy, worthy and satisfactory form of communication with each other, our interests and our social structures/ systems (just look up at the main menu). The concept of applying existing social ethics to the internet is the key – along with common sense and experience of the real world. For example, when you arrive by invitation, to a room full of people, some are friends, some are acquaintances and some are strangers, etc. , and the size of the room will limit the number of people who can comfortably communicate within that space.
In your efforts to socialise, you would normally gravitate towards a small group that would have at least one friend or close acquaintance among their temporary party, you may have already overheard a topic of conversation that interests you or you may have a good idea of what they may be discussing due to context of the gathering itself. It may be a birthday party, or a wedding reception, or an awards ceremony, normally there will be context and reason to be there in the first place – an invitation or obligation or request – this should be the way we approach any group or party on social media, why are we here, is there value in these interactions, or are we just seeking entertainment or distraction from real world anxieties
There is much more to discuss on this topic and if you are interested, try joining Sparky Social and let’s calm and train this monster we have created. If we just run away from it, it will find us eventually, and if not our selves, will influence those around us to the extreme, and like passive smoking, will do as much damage in the end.
socialize |ˈsəʊʃəlʌɪz| (also socialise) verb1 [no object] mix socially with others: he didn’t mind socializing with his staff.2 [with object] make (someone) behave in a way that is acceptable to their society:newcomers are socialized into orthodox ways | (as adjective socializing) : a socializing effect.3 [with object] organize according to the principles of socialism: (as adjective socialized) : socialized economies.
network |ˈnɛtwəːk| noun1 an arrangement of intersecting horizontal and vertical lines: a spider constructs a complex network of several different kinds of threads.2 a group or system of interconnected people or things: the company has a network of 326 branches | a trade network.• a complex system of railways, roads, or other routes: the railway network.• a group of people who exchange information and contacts for professional or social purposes: a support network.• a group of broadcasting stations that connect for the simultaneous broadcast of a programme: [as modifier] : network television.• a number of interconnected computers, machines, or operations: a computer network.• a system of connected electrical conductors.verb1 [with object] connect as or operate within a network: compared with the railways the canals were less effectively networked.• British broadcast (a programme) on a network: the Spurs match which ITV had networked.• link (computers or other machines) to operate interactively: more and more PCs are networked together | (as adjective networked) : networked workstations.2 [no object] (often as noun networking) interact with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts: the skills of networking, bargaining, and negotiation.DERIVATIVES networkable |ˈnɛtˌwəːkəb(ə)l| adjective
rampant |ˈramp(ə)nt| adjective1 (especially of something unwelcome) flourishing or spreading unchecked: political violence was rampant | rampant inflation.• unrestrained in action or performance: rampant sex.• (of a plant) lush in growth; luxuriant: a rich soil soon becomes home to rampant weeds.2 [usually postpositive] Heraldry (of an animal) represented standing on one hind foot with its forefeet in the air (typically in profile, facing the dexter side, with right hind foot and tail raised): two gold lions rampant.DERIVATIVES rampancy |ˈramp(ə)nsi| noun, rampantly adverb ORIGIN Middle English (as a heraldic term): from Old French, literally ‘crawling’, present participle of ramper (see ramp). From the original use describing a wild animal arose the sense ‘fierce’, whence the current notion of ‘unrestrained’.
phenomenon |fəˈnɒmɪnən| noun (plural phenomena |fɪˈnɒmɪnə| ) 1 a fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen, especially one whose cause or explanation is in question: glaciers are interesting natural phenomena.2 Philosophy the object of a person’s perception.3 a remarkable person or thing: the band was a pop phenomenon just for their sales figures alone.ORIGIN late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek phainomenon ‘thing appearing to view’, based on phainein ‘to show’.usage: The word phenomenon comes from Greek, and its plural form is phenomena, as in these phenomena are not fully understood. It is a mistake to treat phenomena as if it were a singular form, as in this is a strange phenomena.
anxiety |aŋˈzʌɪəti| noun (plural anxieties) [mass noun] 1 a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome: he felt a surge of anxiety | [count noun] : anxieties about the moral decline of today’s youth.• Psychiatry a nervous disorder marked by excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behaviour or panic attacks: [as modifier] : she suffered from anxiety attacks.2 [with infinitive] strong desire or concern to do something or for something to happen: the housekeeper’s eager anxiety to please.ORIGIN early 16th century: from French anxiété or Latin anxietas, from anxius (see anxious) .