Why is Wikipedia losing editors?

We all have used Wikipedia at some point in our life, if not constantly. A recent study has found that the number of editors on Wikipedia has been falling. Some claim the reason to be the rules for quality control implemented back in 2007. However, others argue that Wikipedia now covers almost everything and there is less and less new things to add to it.

I am not quite sure which of these could be the reason in my opinion, but they both make sense.  The following graph shows the decline in number of editors over time:

 

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How does Facebook make money?

A recent study conducted by The Search Agency shows that only 54% of adults in the US understand how Facebook makes money.

The answers the respondents of the study provided when asked how Facebook makes money were crazy. Some even thought that Facebook sells the user’s personal information to marketers and other parties for money. Of course the actual way they mainly make money is through the annoying ads which are supposedly relevant to us that we get on the side.

Vice president of The Search Agency said the following about this study: “It’s really incumbent upon advertisers, and publishers, as well, to help educate consumers on how data can be used in a useful fashion. That’s the key thing. Everyone says, “Oh, this ad is not relevant to me.” But if you get ads that are more relevant to you and you understand the relevance based on the queries that you’re making … there is relevance there. They’d rather be served that ad than the alternative, which is something more spammy.”

I wonder how the responses would differ if they asked young Facebook users instead of adults. Read about the full study here.

Who are the People Diagnosed with Internet-Use Disorder?

According to our readings and latest class discussion, Internet addiction is a serious problem that psychologists claim many people have. However, it is not very recent. It has started in 1995. However, what is it really that makes a person an internet addict?

If you are the type of person that spends hours on Facebook or any other form of social media, you have nothing to worry about. You are not considered a person with the internet-use disorder.

A group of psychologists in Australia say that adults are very unlikely to have internet-use disorder. It is most common among children, especially when gaming online. If a kid gets angry or irritated beyond normal when his laptop or smartphone is taken away from him, then this behavior is most likely the cause of a internet-use disorder.

“With kids, gaming is an obvious issue,” Professor Mike Kyrios, of Swinburne University of Technology, told the Sydney Morning Herald. “But overall, technology use could be a potential problem.”

It is up to the parents to notice whether the behavior with their children and the internet is abnormal. And if it is, immediate action must be taken. We must be afraid of the next generation being too dependent or even addicted to technology.

 

Generation Gaps

An obvious generation gap.

I think one of the main reasons that cause the constant misunderstandings between parents are their children nowadays is the generation gap. As stated in the documentary “Growing Up Online,” the internet has greatly widened that gap. Today’s children have a crucial part of their daily lives online. However, the parents have never went through this phase during their childhood. Hence, they fear the technology and what harms it might possibly bring to their children.

An article published on the huffingtonpost says: The kids are fearless and parents are clueless.

The article is titled “Mind the Online Generation Gap” and was written by , the founding CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute. He launched a research to find out the differences between parents and teenagers regarding some aspects of the internet. As one would expect, there were a lot of misunderstandings and perception gaps.

For example, the study showed that 84% of the parents said they monitor their kid’s online activity while only 39% of the kids said that the parents do (that’s a 45% gap). Also, 91% of parents said they knew what their kids were doing online while 62% of the kids said that the parents somewhat know.

Nevertheless, the biggest gap in the study existed when it came to social media. 38% of the parents said they know what their kids do or post on social media websites such as twitter and Facebook. On the other hand, 14% of the teens said that their parents do.

“So we have a complex and challenging landscape of attitudes, behaviors and perceptions with parents and teens negotiating this constantly changing world of devices, apps, social media sites and services.”

As shown in the documentary we watched in class, it has become a challenge for some parents to keep on eye on what their kids do online, mainly because of the generation gap. However, I think, this sense of involvement is crucial in order to help protect the kids of this age.

 

Do you believe in Technorealism?

As I read about the term “technological utopia” and also as we discussed it in class, I have many questions in mind. What seemed most interesting to me is how overly optimistic about the technology some people are.

As defined in the readings, Technological Utopianism is the idea that one day science and technology will make our world a perfect one. People who follow this ideology believe that technological advancements will allow ideal standards of living. However, I found this idea to be naive, therefore I did some further research online and I came across the two following interestingly related terms:

Neo-Luddism

It is a belief that goes against modern technology and its progress. People who follow this ideology believe that technology has a negative effect on numerous aspects of our lives such as physical communities. In a way, we can say that this ideology directly opposes technological utopianism. However, I do not believe that this is the correct path either. To me, this seems as a form of extremism

Technorealism

Like the Roman philosopher Cicero once said: “Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide.” Respectively, as a crossover of Technological Utopianism and Neo-Luddism comes the term technorealism. People who believe in technorealism value the advancements and good that comes from technology, but at the same time they understand all the negative effects that could possibly change us. They take into consideration that good and the bad that technology brings us so that they would help shape a better future for everyone.

The following is a funny yet interesting analogy:

Optimist – Technological utopianism, Pessimist – Neo-Luddism, Realist – Technorealism

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Why did people come up with the term Slacktivism?

I think the word “slactivism” has a negative connotation to it. It makes me feel like I am not doing anything at all although I am supporting a cause online. Being called a slactivist will not motivate anyone to work harder to achieve something, but on the contrary, it might bring people down. This can have a great effect on non-profit organization’s online campaigns. I know a lot of people who would rather do nothing rather than share a cause on their facebook page and be labeled a “slactivist” by society.

The following are two very interesting quotes that I found online and that I would like to share regarding this issue:

“It irritates me that we have invented this term as a pejorative way to describe what should be viewed as the first steps to being involved in a cause in 2010,” said Katya Andresen, Chief Operating Officer of Network for Good. “Let’s not whine that people want to do easy things that make them feel they’ve somehow made a difference. It’s okay if someone’s initial commitment is modest -– and it’s truly an opportunity that it’s easier than ever to spread information, create new initiatives for social good, and take action.”

“What the world needs now is far more engagement by individual citizens, not less, and simple steps such as signing petitions or even sharing opinions/tweeting are steps in the right direction,” said Randy Paynter, CEO and Founder of Care2. “As Edmund Burke once said, ‘Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.’ Because small steps can lead to bigger steps, being critical of small steps serves no good. It simply disenfranchises folks.”

I think we should stop society, and even our own selves, from labeling those who merely support a cause online as slacktivits. We should stop thinking of them as slacktivits, they are actually doing some change, regardless of being on a small scale.

Do you Expect Brands to Respond on Social Media?

According to a recent study, 60% of people expect brands to interact with them and respond to their comments through social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Additionally, 60% of the participants said that they have posted comments or https://i2.wp.com/www.seoinc.com/sites/default/files/images/social-media-marketing_0.jpg.pagespeed.ce.W_zKz16tFv.jpgreplies regarding their opinions and experiences on brand’s social media outlets. Hence, 46% of the people said that they respect brands that frequently answer their customers through social media. Interestingly enough, 67% of the participants were fine with sharing personal information or details with relevant brands so that they could help improve that brand.

This study was conducted on 2,400 peple from different parts of the world. Hence, we can safely assume that social media marketing has become crucial to any brand nowadays. A significant number of people expect brands to monitor and constantly update and reply customers on social media channels, this only proves how the customer has become more active and engaged in a brand than ever before.

Read the full article here.