Social media: Happier or Angrier?

People always surrounded with work. Because of this busy life, people are buried in job, business or housework. We tired. We exhausted. But, we still need energy for a new day! We need to relax. And, the Internet brings that perfectly into our life. After a long day at work, we lie down on a soft sofa with the faintly smell of fabric running straight to our nose. Reaching the mobile or tablet, click on the screen, a new world appears! We are chatting with our friends and kissing the lover easily and fast.

Figure 1. People share things they like (Reproduced from: Mia 2013).

Figure 1. People share things they like (Reproduced from: Mia 2013).

We can share anything about our life based on the establishment of social media, including Facebook and Twitter, where people can talk to the other or exchange things (WebWise 2012). People can freely express their feeling and emotion about their day or an event.

When we access to these social sites, we expect to see and hear about good story, which is emotional or full of energy and love (Nelson 2012). That is what make people feel relax and entertained. You also share the good moments to your friends that make you feel and express yourself (Nelson 2012). These posts can relax a tired day. However, it is life! Nothing can be smoothly happen! We are all struggling to something in our life. One of the best ways to release these oppressions is expressing or telling it to your friends (Scott 2013). And, you can do it easily with the support from the convenient of social media. You can talk or post your angriness on the website in order to share and express your situation to the communities.

Figure 2. Angry tweet of an HMV's employee about the program (Reproduced from: De 2013).

Figure 2. Angry tweet of an HMV’s employee about the program (Reproduced from: De 2013).

Being expressed and released from those angry, you feel more comfortable, right? This motivates you keep going and going on posting or sharing your angriness or disappointed. This leads to a negative effect in your life, because you just keep talking about angriness and how hard your life is. Now, you just keep in your mind the angriness. It raises an alarm in the motivation of social media on expressing angry on the Internet (GL 2013). This has been proved by a study of 70 million posts on Sina Weibo, the China’s Twitter version (Fung 2013).

Figure 3. The front page of Weibo website (Reproduced from: Hogenboom 2013).

Figure 3. The front page of Weibo website (Reproduced from: Hogenboom 2013).

After conducting the research, Rui Fan and his team pointed out that angry posts or tweets got more attention and response of the users than happy ones. Not only in the China, but also in the U.S, the angry posts had been retweeted more than the others (Fung 2013).

Furthermore, in some cases, the authors of these angry posts also suffered the negative judgments from the publics. There are many examples for this situation. The first example is the chaos of a tweet written by Richard Dawkins, who makes people angry because of his bad performance on Twitter, after tweeting about ‘date rape’ and ‘violent paedophilia’ (Dearden 2014). He had to be involved into a debate with the publics and got lots of disappointment and disagreement from the publics.

Figure 4. Tweets of Richard (Reproduced from Dearden 2014).

Figure 4. Tweets of Richard (Reproduced from Dearden 2014).

Furthermore, not only the authors but somehow the people involved in these angry posts. Rue – a characteristic from the Hunger Games movies series – has to suffer an angry opinion about her skin. The fans are disappointed and yelling and angry at her on the Internet, even a fiction characteristic (Stewart 2012).

Figure 5. Angry tweets about the Rue characteristic (Reproduced from Stewart 2012).

Figure 5. Angry tweets about the Rue characteristic (Reproduced from Stewart 2012).

As you can see, the Internet is a great place for us to express ourselves and our emotion. However, the free of express motivates the angry in our life. The angry not only harm us but also others’ feeling. Thus, be careful and think twice before sharing the angriness.

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References

De, K 2013, ‘Preventing a Social Media Crisis Takes More Than Governance and Policies’, image, Business 2 Community, 8th February, viewed 7 August 2014, < http://www.business2community.com/social-media/preventing-a-social-media-crisis-takes-more-than-governance-and-policies-0394786#!byrbmQ>.

Dearden, L 2014, ‘Richard Dawkins tweets: ‘Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse ‘’,The Independent, 29th July, viewed 6 August 2014, <http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/richard-dawkins-says-date-rape-is-bad-stranger-rape-is-worse-on-twitter-9634572.html>.

Dearden, L 2014, ‘Richard Dawkins tweets: ‘Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse ‘’, image, The Independent, 29th July, viewed 6 August 2014, <http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/richard-dawkins-says-date-rape-is-bad-stranger-rape-is-worse-on-twitter-9634572.html>.

Fung, B 2013, ‘The Internet isn’t making us dumb. It’s making us angry.’, The Washington Post, 16th September, viewed 6 August 2014, <http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/09/16/the-internet-isnt-making-us-dumb-its-making-us-angry/>.

GL 2013, ‘Internet đã hủy hoại chúng ta như thế nào’, Genk, 2nd October, viewed 7 August 2014, <http://genk.vn/kham-pha/internet-da-huy-hoai-chung-ta-nhu-the-nao-20130929165631142.chn>.

Hogenboom, M 2013, ‘Online anger ‘spreads faster than joy’ on Weibo’, image, BBC, 20th September, viewed 7 August 2014, <http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-24158675>.

Mia 2013, ‘5 ways to invite people to Like your Business Facebook Page’, image, Lee Media Group, 31st January, viewed 7 August 2014, < http://leemediagroup.com/blog/5-ways-to-invite-people-to-like-your-business-facebook-page/>.

Nelson, A 2012, ‘The Simple Secret of Why People Share Your Content (or don’t share it)’, Social Fresh, 19th November, viewed 5 August 2014, <http://socialfresh.com/sharing-content/>.

Scott, E 2013, ‘Social Support – How to Create Truly Supportive Friendships’, About, 1st May, viewed 6 August 2014, <http://stress.about.com/od/relationships/a/friendskills.htm>.

Stewart, D 2012, ‘Racist Hunger Games Fans Are Very Disappointed’, Jezebel, 26th March, viewed 7 August 2014, <http://jezebel.com/5896408/racist-hunger-games-fans-dont-care-how-much-money-the-movie-made>.

Stewart, D 2012, ‘Racist Hunger Games Fans Are Very Disappointed’, image, Jezebel, 26th March, viewed 7 August 2014, <http://jezebel.com/5896408/racist-hunger-games-fans-dont-care-how-much-money-the-movie-made>.

WebWise 2012, ‘What are social networking sites?’, BBC WebWise, 10th October, viewed 6 August 2014, <http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/guides/about-social-networking>.

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Human trafficking: sinking in the advantage of the Internet

 

With the Internet, everything seems to be easier for us than ever. Only a ‘click’, a new world comes. The Internet brings advantages into people life leading a convenient and colorful daily routine. However, the Internet is the ‘iceberg’ to our life while we are the Titanic. As the Titanic boat, which is famous for its sinking because of an ‘iceberg’, we are facing our own ‘iceberg’ too (Brown 2011). Based on the ‘principle of Iceberg’, Ernest Hemingway defines that iceberg has one-eighth of its floating on the surface when the other seven-eighth sinking under water (Wood 2009). It means that we can just ‘see’ a small part of the Internet as an effective tool. However, the sink part of that Internet ‘iceberg’ maintains a whole different side of the Internet – the danger ones.

The strong evidence for this concept is the human trafficking. In many years, the human trafficking as a ‘modern form of slavery’ is a significant problem of the society (Hagopian 2014). In 2010, there were approximately 12 million slaves around the world (Caseact 2012). The number of these slaves keeps increasing without a break. There are many projects and programs run to prevent this problem. However, this problem becomes more serious because of the complexity and uncontrollable methods of the traffickers based on the Internet through various forms, including websites and chat rooms (Westcott 2013).

Figure 1. This is a screen from a normal chat room (Reproduced from Markga 2009).

Figure 1. This is a screen from a normal chat room (Reproduced from Markga 2009).

Figure 2. An example of how attackers make friend with their victim (Reproduced from Naperville 2013).

Figure 2. An example of how attackers make friend with their victim (Reproduced from Naperville 2013).

As I mentioned before, the Internet is the ‘iceberg’ of our life. Although the Internet brings advantages and new things to us, it also contains dangerous. The traffickers take advantage of these benefits from the Internet into their tool to approach the targets (Sykiotou 2007).

The Internet becomes popular because of its feature in connecting and communication. We just need to sit in front of a computer or mobile devices connected to the Internet and then communicating with other peoples or have a new friend easily (Cyberethics 2011). With this advantage, the traffickers can easily to connect or make friends with their victims or even finding clients or suppliers (Sykiotou 2007).

Figure 3. A request for add new friend, who could be the human traffickers (Reproduced from Daily Dot 2014).

Figure 3. A request for add new friend, who could be the human traffickers (Reproduced from Daily Dot 2014).

Furthermore, the human trafficking business is still growing fast and fast because it has unlimited sources – the ‘virtual communities’ – where people gather together and communicate. Maybe, one of your virtual group friends could be a trafficker! Maybe!

Moreover, the traffickers also can expand their business based on the ‘anonymous’ feature (UN.GIFT 2008). Anonymity is defined that the real owner or author of a message ‘is not shown’ (Palme and Berglund 2004). This creates an advantage of protecting the traffickers identity so that polices or government cannot track or commit their crimes (Sykiotou 2007). With the ‘anonymity’, the traffickers can be anyone, even your best friend, with just a little information about them. This personal information also can be false! This is a significant benefit of the Internet for the human trafficking business.

Another advantage of the Internet for society is its cheap fee. With the low fee, anyone can access to the Internet, even the traffickers. This is a great opportunity for the human trafficking business because the investment in Internet is much cheaper than others method but also brings high profit (Sykiotou 2007).

The floating part of the Internet ‘iceberg’ tricks what we ‘see’ the Internet as an amazing place. Actually, it is! But, some people take advantages of Internet to do their bad things. All of these advantages of the Internet become danger in life, which leads to the ‘cybercrime’. In conclusion, although the Internet brings amazing things to our life, we need to be careful with the sinking part of it.

Andrea Powell talking about how the traffickers target the victim online (Adopted from CNN 2013).

Follow the story of a survivor in Cambodia (Adopted from Water Brook 2009).

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Naperville 2013, ‘Safeguarding Children on the Internet’, image, Naperville, viewed 7 August 2014, <http://www.naperville.il.us/dynamic_content.aspx?id=347>.

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UN.GIFT 2008, ‘017 Workshop: Technology and Human Trafficking’, The Vienna Forum to fight Human Trafficking, UNODC, 13 – 15th February, viewed 4 August 2014, < http://www.unodc.org/documents/human-trafficking/2008/BP017TechnologyandHumanTrafficking.pdf>.

Water Brook 2009, ‘One woman’s story of the horrors of human trafficking’, image, Youtube, 21st September, viewed 7 August 2014, <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzBf3a2mDVw>.

Westcott, L 2013, ‘Human trafficking investigators play catchup as criminals go hi-tech’, The Guardian, 29th July, viewed 4 August 2014, < http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/jul/29/human-trafficking-law>.

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