Saturday, December 17, 2016

Netiquette IQ Blog Of 12/17/16 - Does Social Media Encourage Shallow Thinking?

Buy the books at

Happy Holidays and Peace for all throughout the world!
In my books, noted below, I often speak of the need for Netiquette to make communications and tone clear and lucid. This entails greater thought and consideration. The breakdown of good communication is sometimes caused by email and text methods. Even though these may become a primary means of communication, at least they will have positive attributes which will not be manifested in ways the article below refers.

Mar 25

Does Social Media Encourage Shallow Thinking?
In his 2010 best-seller The ShallowsNicholas Carr warned us that habitual Internet usage may have serious side effects. Specifically, he argues frequent use of social media such as texts and tweets encourages shallow thinking, and this decreases our ability to engage in contemplation or introspection, online or off.
While not everyone bought this thesis, a pair of Canadian psychologists, Logan Annisette and Kathryn Lafreniere of the University of Windsor, decided it was interesting enough to test. They report in the journal Personality and Individual Differences that Carr just may be right.
In a study of 149 Canadian undergraduates, they found “participants who frequently texted, or used social media, were less likely to engage in reflective thought.” What’s more, they also “placed less emphasis on moral life goals,” which suggests they haven’t cultivated a sense of meaning that extends much beyond popularity.
If Facebook and Twitter are interfering with that learning process, we have a problem.
While the results are far from definitive proof, they’re cause for concern, particularly because participants were “in the midst of their academic careers,” a period when life goals are solidified, and deep concentration is a must.
The participants — 129 women, 19 men, and one transgender person — reported the average number of text messages they send and receive each week, as well as the number of times they log onto Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and the amount of time they spend on each social media site.
They also took tests designed to reveal their personality traits, their goals in life, and their tendency to engage in self-reflection. They were asked to rate statements such as “I love to meditate on the nature and meaning of things,” and “I love exploring my inner self,” on a five-point scale from “strongly disagree” to “strongly agree.”
“Consistent with the ‘shallowing’ hypothesis, lower reflectiveness emerged as a significant predictor of social media usage,” the researchers report. In addition, “students who frequently texted, or used ultra-brief social media, placed greater importance on ‘morally shallow’ life goals,” such as those linked to “image and hedonism.”
Annisette and Lafreniere concede it’s “entirely possible” that the correlational chain runs in the other direction, with shallow people being more attracted to quick-hit social media. But the possibility that tweeting and texting encourages cursory thinking is a troubling one, especially given a 2009 studythat found “students’ use of reflective thinking was related significantly to their academic performance.”
One could go ever farther and suggest that learning how to think critically is why we go to college in the first place. If Facebook and Twitter are interfering with that learning process, we have a problem: #dumbingourselvesdown.*WlL3nOP5eGEL9q-P.jpg
Findings is a daily column by Pacific Standard staff writer Tom Jacobs, who scours the psychological-research journals to discover new insights into human behavior, ranging from the origins of our political beliefs to the cultivation of creativity.
============================================================For a great satire on email, please see the following:
Good Netiquette And A Green Internet To All! 
=========================================================================================Tabula Rosa Systems - Tabula Rosa Systems (TRS) is dedicated to providing Best of Breed Technology and Best of Class Professional Services to our Clients. We have a portfolio of products which we have selected for their capabilities, viability and value. TRS provides product, design, implementation and support services on all products that we represent. Additionally, TRS provides expertise in Network Analysis, eBusiness Application Profiling, ePolicy and eBusiness Troubleshooting. We can be contacted at:  or 609 818 1802.
In addition to this blog, Netiquette IQ has a website with great assets which are being added to on a regular basis. I have authored the premiere book on Netiquette, “Netiquette IQ - A Comprehensive Guide to Improve, Enhance and Add Power to Your Email". My new book, “You’re Hired! Super Charge Your Email Skills in 60 Minutes. . . And Get That Job!” has just been published and will be followed by a trilogy of books on Netiquette for young people. You can view my profile, reviews of the book and content excerpts at:

Anyone who would like to review the book and have it posted on my blog or website, please contact me

In addition to this blog, I maintain a radio show on BlogtalkRadio  and an online newsletter via have established Netiquette discussion groups with Linkedin and  Yahoo I am also a member of the International Business Etiquette and Protocol Group and Minding Manners among others. I regularly consult for the Gerson Lehrman Group, a worldwide network of subject matter experts and I have been contributing to the blogs Everything Email and emailmonday . My work has appeared in numerous publications and I have presented to groups such as The Breakfast Club of NJ and  PSG of Mercer County, NJ.

Additionally, I am the president of Tabula Rosa Systems, a “best of breed” reseller of products for communications, email, network management software, security products and professional services.  Also, I am the president of Netiquette IQ. We are currently developing an email IQ rating system, Netiquette IQ, which promotes the fundamentals outlined in my book.

Over the past twenty-five years, I have enjoyed a dynamic and successful career and have attained an extensive background in IT and electronic communications by selling and marketing within the information technology marketplace.

No comments:

Post a Comment