Can You Put It Down?

   Image In this day and age it deeply disturbs me to think that children sit inside and stare at some kind of electronic device, whether it’s a tablet, cell phone or laptop they spend hours upon hours inside, not being active and most importantly not gaining the valuable moments that childhood has to offer. If you are a parent you should be setting limits to the amount of time your child can use such technology, not only the time but when and where they can use it. Personally I don’t believe that a child should even have a cell phone until their mid teens. However this just may be because I and probably most of you have grown up in a time without all this technology.

    By now you all know that Social Media is becoming a severe problem! I cannot remember the last time I was at a family function or just hanging out with friends and not witnessing someone being completely oblivious to their surrounding because they were on some form of social media. Quite frankly I find it extremely rude to be on your phone checking your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc while in the company of others. So for this holiday season I am going to be leaving my phone home during thanksgiving in order to be fully engaged with family and friends. Not only will I leave my phone home and avoid social media on the day of thanks, I will be asking all my family members as well to turn their electronic devises off as well. My hope is that we can all sit and eat dinner without anyone staring at their phone or Instagramming pictures of the dinner “instead of enjoying it”.

So for my readers I would also like to ask you to do the same, leave your phone home or turn it off for the day of thanks and enjoy the precious moments with friends and family. Better yet if you want to take it to another level see how long you can go without some form of social media. Get back to me and let me know what happens!

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On behalf of Living in the Media I want to wish all the readers a Very Happy Thanksgiving!

 

The Social Media Machine changing your Workplace?

Business and Social Media go together like white on rice. Although social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are very beneficial to businesses it also has it’s down sides. Privacy, Security, and harassment are all concerns when implementing Social media into a workplace environment for both the businesses and workers involved.

Many organizations use Social media both internally and externally within the company to engage in some form of business with others across the world, or use Social networking to keep employees up to speed on what’s going on within the company. Utilizing social media networks to conduct business throughout the world can simplify and even expand your current operations; however using social media internally within a company to communicate with employees could come with some complications.

An ongoing study titled Digital Work Life, conducted by AVG Technologies Digital Diaries project looks at cyber-bullying in the workplace. The study found that Cyber-Bullying is becoming an epidemic within the workplace and concluded that “More than half of adults (53 percent) that participated in our survey believe privacy in the workplace has been eroded with the proliferation of social media”. Although these numbers are staggering, I coincide with what AVG’s Senior Security Evangelist, Tony Anscombe says “This study highlights the need for a combination of greater education around social media alongside increased attention and care by both employees and employers to their social media etiquette at work.” Meaning that with the incorporation of social media into the workplace, additional measures such as educating employees about what constitutes appropriate/inappropriate ways of using social media is a necessary.

In this day and age belonging to a social media platform is an overall must-have for any serious enterprise or entrepreneur. I firmly believe that social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are essential tools for marketing products/services and connecting businesses with countless clients. When a company integrates with a social media platform many guidelines need to be established on employee conduct, this is for the benefit of the employee and the company. Tony Anscombe once said “Until everyone is clear about exactly what is and isn’t acceptable online behavior, trying to enforce policies will just fail, leaving the door open to cyber-bullying and invasion of privacy.” Nevertheless as an employer, it is your responsibility to educate your employee’s making sure they fully comprehend the expectations that have been set concerning Social Media usage in and outside of the workplace. As an employee are you in-tune with the expectations concerning social media set forth by your employer?

Sources:

Garner, James. “Workers Feel Social Media Is Eroding Workplace Privacy.” Web log post. Workers Feel Social Media Is Eroding Workplace Privacy. AVG Officia Blogs, Jan.-Feb. 2013. Web. 4 Oct. 2013.

AVG Technologies. “Social Media Stokes Workplace Privacy Fears.” Yahoo Finance. Finance.yahoo.com, 31 Jan. 2013. Web. 5 Oct. 2013.

Collinson, Lauren. “Social Media and the Workplace – To Be or Not to Be?” The Business Monthly RSS. .bizmonthly.com, 4 Mar. 2011. Web. 6 Oct. 2013.