Friday, November 13, 2015

Is Our Culture of Online Shaming Out of Control?

11/2 Online Shaming

Read: Is Our Culture of Online Shaming Out of Control?
  1. After watching the video “Monica Lewinsky Breaks Her Public Silence With a TED Talk,” and
  2. Reading “Is Our Culture of Online Shaming Out of Control?(Audio File listen as you read.)
  3. Write a post on your blog, in which you argue Is Our Culture of Online Shaming Out of Control? 
  4. Support your position with evidence from the text and video. Include at least 2 sources using citelighter and the MLA format. 
Read the entire article and watch Ms. Lewinsky’s TED talk, above, then tell us …
  • What is your reaction to Ms. Lewinsky’s talk? What lines or ideas stand out for you? Why?
  • Do you agree that the “rush to judgment enabled by technology” can be dangerous? What recent examples can you think of beyond those given?
  • Have you observed the kind of online shaming described here in your own social media networks?
  • Have you ever participated in or been a victim of this kind of public shaming? What happened?
  • How often, if ever, have you “walked a mile in someone else’s headline” and imagined what it must be like for the person who is being publicly shamed?
  • “Public humiliation is a commodity and shame is an industry,” Ms. Lewinsky says. “How is the money made? Clicks. The more shame, the more clicks. The more clicks, the more advertising dollars.” Why do you think we are drawn to clicking on content that shames others? How often do you do it?
  • What do you think that we, as a society, can or should be doing about this issue? What can you do as an individual? Do we need a “cultural revolution” to create an online culture of compassion and empathy, as Ms. Lewinsky says?
  • If you are interested in reading another New York Times piece about this issue, see the Magazine article “How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life.”

My reaction to Ms. Lewinsky's TED talk was that it was another old woman talking about how the internet is a bad place. But as she continued to talk on the stage, I realized she was the woman who had an affair with her boss , The President of the United States. Shocking right ?

I would have to agree that the "rush to judgment enabled by technology" can be dangerous. Every type of news is on Twitter, and lets be honest twitter is still popularly used. When people read things on twitter, some automatically think that its true. They don't look up more information about it, they just think that its true and that's where online shaming comes in. I have personally never seen anyone shamed like this on social media, if anything I would just hear about it on the news.
I have never been a victim or victimized a person online. I have seen some back and forth fighting on twitter but if I were to say my two cents then they would harass me for saying something. I have only felt sorry for the person who is being shamed, but then again its half their fault that it happened to them.

Ms. Lewinsky said ' Public humiliation is a commodity and shame is an industry,' she also said 'How is the money made? Clicks. The more shame, the more clicks. The more clicks, the more advertising dollars.'

I feel like we are drawn to clicking on content that shames others because we find it entertaining. We are amused by the fact that somebody is being harassed online. Its hard to admit, but its true. When I am on twitter, I usually get links about famous people, that are of course negative and I do click on them because I would want to know what people are saying about them.
I think that we, as a society, can't really do anything. No matter how much attention we bring to it, we will be feeding the attention seekers and they will keep doing it as long as they get that attention.

Carlos Mejia

Online shaming is out of control because most of the people use it to make money. The more clicks each websites get the more money they are making. People may take this problem as a way to make money but the truth behind this is depressing because some of this people are being abuse online which is today know as online shaming  and some of them committed suicide to end their life because they cannot find an easier solution .

Online shaming should be take more serious because you may have fun watching a video where someone is getting online shaming but if you were in that position you wouldn't like others to make fun of you. Like Monica Lewinsky say "online shaming can make you think in a lot of ways to end your life but if you can control yourself you can survive online shaming".

At one point in my life I was part of online shaming because I dint know what it mean to the other person behind the camera that was being humiliated .

I recommend you think twice before posting something because you could get in trouble for cyber bulling other and online shaming others. You could also make the other person feel bad and depressed which could make him or she committee suicide. If you ever abuse someone in the the internet I recommend you to expect the same for yourself because one day you could be the person everyone is making fun.

If you don't like online shaming don't say negatives to the person who is suffering instead try to be nice to that person because one person could make them happy. We contribute online shaming by clicking in pages of people that are being humiliate. We cannot be a part of this by not clicking in the link of the page because the more clicks that page get the pages become viral and those people who publish it make more money of someone pain.

Sonjani Foyo
My reaction to Ms. Lewinsky's talk was at first, who is this? Then to just Wow that is crazy. The line that stood out to me the most, was when she said she fell in love with her boss, the president of the United States. This stood out because you don't hear about these things happening.

The rush to judgement enabled by technology is dangerous, because the online viewers don't know the whole story to an event that happened, and they're so quick to talk bad about the person or people. I have observed online shaming in the social media networks that I use.

I have not participated or been a victim of public shaming. I try not to think about what it's like to be the person who is being publicly shamed. That would make me very upset for something I didn't do or have anything to do with. I can't even imagine to know what it feels like to have "everyone against you" for a mistake that you've done. I think we are drawn to clicking on content that shames others, because sometimes it makes us feel better about ourselves. Especially if it's someone with a higher rank in society than us. It gives us a sense of pride, because we wouldn't do what the person is being shamed for.

I try not click on content that shames others, because I know being humiliated isn't a good feeling, especially on a global scale, that would feel ten times worse. As a society I think we should focus more about uplifting others achievements, instead of uploading their failures. As an individual I can make post or comments about the accomplishments of others that I recognize.

I never really knew Monica Lewinsky or heard about her being humiliated. But when I heard her her story I thought it was so sad because all the names she was being called over the internet and stuff like that, people that get cyber bullied or any type of bully they take it upon their selves to commit suicide.

In the video she also talk about one her friends. 42-year-old Marcel Staehelin who had committed suicide jumping off a 956 foot high bridge. He was being bullied/ harassed as well because people found out he was gay. They started making fun of him and calling him names and he couldn't take it no more.
People should stop bullying/ cyber bullying each other. Its going to lead into something negative. Cyber bullying is nothing to make fun of or play with it is a never serious matter, people take their lives away because of depression and things of that nature.

I feel as though no human being should be bullied. Committing suicide or having suicidal thoughts is extreme. Everyone should be treated equally (treat others the way you want to be treated). If you knew somebody that was suffering from depression, their crying for help, loss of hope, or frustration, GET THEM SOME HELP! Help them find a therapist or someone they can talk to, it can be a close friend, grandparent, parents, etc.

Sebastien Jean-Marc
Our culture of online shaming is out of control. People are being bullied and made fun of online and end up committing suicide. Some people just ignore the facts of all the suicides that have happened in the past years. They keep bullying and shaming people online to the point where the victim commits suicide.

Online shaming should not be taken lightly or made fun of. It should be taken seriously and people should stop it. People should stop acting like they can't see the online shaming that's happening online and stand up to say something about it. People should try to make online shaming illegal in certain situations.

Online shaming should only be used in certain situations when some people do something to deserve to be shamed online and that is the only situation when there should be online shaming.

Is Our Culture of Online Shaming Out of Control?

Shelder RacineOur culture of online shaming is out of control because people hurt other people feelings to be funny. They do this get attention.This can be sometimes be called cyber bullying. This happens when someone has access to your private pictures or information to their advantage. In the article she states that "we are living in a place where humiliation has become a "commodity". This means to me that once that person has access into your life, they can easily use it against you.

Our Culture of Online Shaming is out of control people are using it to harm innocent people.The people that do online shaming must not know how its feels. In the article, its says Ms.Lewinsky was one the cover of the newspaper. She was humiliated and afraid. She was branded as a tramp, tart, slut, whore, and that women. This made her feel uncomfortable.   

The final reason why our culture of online shaming is out of control is because the internet is being used the wrong the way. In the article Ms.Lewinsky was humiliated and states that even today the reality of the internet magnification of humiliation more common. She also says "There is a very personal price to public humiliation.”  And the growth of the Internet has jacked up that price. Online Shaming has become a bad way to communicate and should be stopped.


Public shaming? Its happened to all of us at least once in life. But the question is ..Is public shaming okay? Is it the proper way to tell or correct people for their wrongs? I don't think its cool or productive to blast another human being on the world wide web (www.).

Honesty, I think the internet is the destruction of this generation. Nobodies life is private. Everything is broad cast and seen by millions of strangers. And sometimes the wrong thing is broad cast and when that happens the individual is instantly attacked ...

BOOM! The situation blows up over night and now this individual has either committed suicide or felt as if they had to hide from the public. And there we have it another death or lost do to public shaming.

In my opinion public shaming shaming is out of control. Can it be stopped? This is a free country and people are free to think and state how they feel . So I think that people should be mindful of what they post and what they do online. Even thought its to look cool other people can see it so if you can't take yourself don't post it. Be mindful of what you do.

Kevin Vargas
Online shaming is a very serious thing. I feel like if there's a problem with someone. There is no reason to put their business online and embarrass them like that. There are kids out there that do bad things and there parents decide to go on social media make a video and embarrass them by hitting them or talking bad about them. Then they upload the video so everyone can see it. Then people start judging them. Online shaming can drive people to do crazy things. People have committed suicide because of the problems caused by online shaming.

I don't approve of online shaming but people are entitled to their opinion and I can't stop people from saying what they want. I feel like online shaming should be banned because what's the point of putting people's business online if they have something to say to them they should say it to them not say it through the internet. Many people don't have that strong mentality to handle online shaming and others do. Online shaming is something nobody should ever experience no matter how bad the situation is.


I agree online shaming is out of control. It's gotten to the point where you have to be really careful of what you put out there. People will make fun of the smallest things and make it a big deal, just for fun.
In some cases, people have killed themselves over being humiliated in public's eye. The internet can be a really scary place. You have people stealing people's identity. It's out of control!
I personally think the internet has destroyed this generation. Kids are shaping their beliefs and identities off this platform. The question is "Can it be stopped"? HA! In a free country like this, unfortunately It may be impossible to stop it. Let alone fix the damages it has caused on the youth. Only thing you can do at this point is be careful about what you put out there and don't let the internet consume you.

Aaron Barrett
My reaction is that people shouldn't have or send things that are important in their life online. I know a lot of people that have been in an online shaming situation. It's not pretty. It's very embarrassing. Online shaming is all over the world, also know as Facebook and twitter.

A woman named Monica Lewinsky experience what Lindsey Stone, John Ronson, Justine Sacco and Walter Palmer experience. They have all been publicly shamed in different ways. Ms. Lewinsky was publicly shamed back in 1998 for falling in love with her boss. As she said "At age of 22, I fell in love with my boss. At the ago of 24, I learned the devastating consequences."

These days social media seems to be taking advantage of our privileges. People think that they have the right to publicly bully someone. It's easy for people to judge without knowing the person. Monica Lewinsky's life changed overnight. This is my thought about online shaming people shouldn't be shamed over simple things. It's just not right.

Latasia Miles
Ms. Lewinsky is brave for coming out and telling her story after years of shaming.
Years of shaming for something she did when she was young. A line that stands out the most is when Ms. Lewinsky states that "Reality of the Internet magnification of humiliation is even more common. We are living."

Online shaming is a form of bullying or Cyber bullying. I do believe that public shaming is getting out of control. Especially some of the parents that think it's OK to mortify their child for the mistakes they have made. Publicly shaming your child isn't discipline, it's child abuse. Publicly shaming your child won't solve anything.

I Have not  participated in nor have I been a victim of any kind of public shaming. I think we're drawn to content that shames others because we're drawn to drama. We'd rather see others fail than succeed. Online shaming doesn't  justify anything. It probably will only make the situation worse.

Paris James
Monica Lewinsky experienced what Lindsey Stone, John Robson, Justine Sacco and Walter Palmer experienced. They have all been publicly shamed. Ms. Lewinsky was publicly shamed back in 1998 for falling in love with her boss. After reading about that, I understand how social media can destroy you in less than one night. Online shaming happens all over the world on sites such as Facebook, twitter and MySpace.

Anything you put in Facebook, twitter, snap-chat, etc could effect your future. This publicly shaming can cause people to do things like commit suicide, not wanting to see nobody, or to even change their lifestyle completely. Public shaming is one of the worst things people can experience, but like my parents tell me "think before you do something." So I think everyone, should think before they post something on social media. We never know what other people think about it.

These days social media seems to be taking privileges. People think that they have the right to publicly bully someone. Its easy for people to judge without knowing who the person changed over night.One mistake can change your whole life.Today, online shaming has become the norm. Anyone is at risk for being publicly humiliated on the internet.
even care. People can be very cruel and mean so then it will cause people to and to kill their self.


Online shaming is when someone posts a video and shows the whole school. So a girl committed suicide after her dad posted an embarrassing video of him cutting off her hair. While having her stare into the camera on  his phone. So he made her wear boy clothes and go to school and had her drop out of the class president race.
She would go to school and everybody would make fun of her and pick on her and I guess bully her as well. Later that day she jump off a bridge on to a busy street and was rushed to the hospital where she died.

People even started a website and named it after her because they felt bad. I think that after watching the video kids in school should now know not to post embarrassing video's or do something and have it uploading to YouTube because that could be you and you would never know. People can really suffer from this and some people wont

Jesus GarciaIn the video and after reading the article ''Is Our Culture Of Shaming Out Of Control?''  I believe our culture of shaming has spiraled out of control entering a path that none of us can see.

It has been shown in many ways that shaming someone so horribly will sometimes result in suicide. How did they get to the point where they see death as their only option?

Its scary and heartbreaking to see things like this happen to people. If people find this enjoyable they have completely lost touch with the way the person on the other side is really hurting.

People use shaming as a gold mine and a industry. Using peoples pain for money is sad. You see people go so low because of it.

Even parents start to embarrass their own children on the internet forever carrying a burden on them because of them. I hope to see in the future that Online shaming will finally go down and prevent lives from being lost.

These days social media seems to be taking advantage of their privileges. People think that they have the right to publicly bully someone. It’s easy for people to judge without knowing who the person is. This article shows how bad public shaming can get. One mistake can change your whole entire life!

Monica Lewinsky thought that sleeping with her boss wouldn’t be that bad of an idea, and it wouldn’t turn into a public news, but now, she’s known as all those negative words that any female should not be called. This article relates to Justine Sacco, Lindsey Stone and Walter Palmer because they all did something that they thought wasn’t a bad idea, or was a joke, or maybe something minor, but with the power of social media, it all turned into something bigger than it should have.

Reading this article definitely makes me want to think twice about what I do or say before I actually act upon it. I can honestly say that Monica Lewinsky’s words in the article have made me revisit online shaming. One of the things that just get me in this article is how Ms. Lewinsky truly takes responsibility about what had happen in the past.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Are You Part of Generation Plagiarism?

10/8 Are You Part of ‘Generation Plagiarism’? 

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Question of the Day: Universities are finding that plagiarism has become widespread and that many students seem not to believe that copying content without giving credit is a serious academic integrity violation. Do you think the digital age has caused confusion over acceptable practices, or is the notion of original authorship being redefined?

Tell us what you think about plagiarism. Do you ever “cut and paste without attribution”? Do you consider such copying to be plagiarism and a “serious misdeed,” or not? Are students today confused over, or redefining, the concepts of authorship, integrity and originality? How do you think instructors can and should address this issue?

Jean N'DriPlagiarism is an issue that needs to be taken seriously. Some people don't even know what plagiarism is. Because they don't know what it is, they do not think that it is wrong to copy someone's work and not give them credits. I myself admit that I have plagiarized in the past. I did it because I didn't know what plagiarism was. Now that I know what plagiarism is, I am ashamed of what I did.
According to the article on plagiarism written by Dana Hinders on, plagiarism is the act of directly turning in work written by someone else, copying and pasting online sources for a research paper, and failing to properly cite the ideas or thoughts of others. She also stated the reasons why students plagiarize. First, they don't know what plagiarism is. Second, they don't care about the material. Third, they feel pressured to get good grades, regardless of how that happens. Fourth, they don't have time to correctly complete their assignments. Finally, The consequences of plagiarism aren't enough.
I have some ideas to combat plagiarism. I feel like the government should take action into this by funding awareness campaigns to inform students about plagiarism. We should also have laws that punish people that plagiarize strictly. For example, we should ban students from schools when they are caught plagiarizing. We should also make them pay a fee to the person from which they stole the work. By doing this, we will stop plagiarism and it won't be an issue anymore. I want to know what you guys think. Discuss with each other in the comment section. Thank you!

Hinders, Dana. `Plagiarism Statistics. ` Plagiarism Statistics. n.p., n.d. Web. 9 October 2015.

Amir Simpson
I think people are over doing this concept. Just because you copy a few sentences and forget to credit where they got if from doesn’t me to expel them. It isn't that serious anymore. They gave us technology to use it in school. In fact that’s just guarantied an "A".

Maybe if you teachers start teaching us how to paraphrase we wouldn't plagiarize. But they don't stress the situation enough in schools. And they want to act surprised when a student brings in a faulty paper. So don't blame the students, blame teachers.
Last the computers teacher don't teach you how to cite the website. So how do you expect us to do something we don't have a clue to do. They make sure to teach you how to copy and paste. So we are only doing what are taught to do.

Ojalvo, Holly. `Are You Part of 'Generation Plagiarism'?.` Are You Part of 'Generation Plagiarism'? - The New York Times. n.p., 3 August 2010. Web. 9 October 2015.


I would say yes because some times is easy to forget to credit the sources you get the information from but most of the times I do give credits but if I don't give credit once I would have to say yes. Plagiarism is stealing somebody else work without giving someone, credit I'm sure you wouldn't like if someone use your work as theirs without you getting the credit that you deserved. Like people from the article of plagiarism in "NY times" said our generation is living in a technology age where people just search on Google and copy and paste from another website and think their teachers are not going to find that they are copying and pasting.Plagiarism could put you in a lot of problem for examples; you could get kick out of high school, colleges, jobs, lawsuit, and many others things that you copy others work. You can find different students those  who plagiarism those who don't care,  and those who plagiarism without knowing accidentally
Most of the students who plagiarism are lazy enough to do their work because some of them say is too much work to be done. By putting others people work on your paper you are doing something wrong to yourself  because you don't get the chance to understand that topic that you could of learn. Plagiarism doesn't only happen in school, for example some artist have got in trouble for copying others music, movie and many others things that involve copying others work.

To conclude I will recommend you not to plagiarism because you could get in trouble and lost your job, loose the opportunity to be in school , or face a lawsuit. If you do your work without copying you will feel proud of the work because you work for it but when you copying and get a good grade you will not feel proud because you know you don't deserved. I also recommend you not to plagiarize when you are in colleges because you could loose the opportunity to study the career you want it. Remember to always give credit when you copy someone else work because is the right thing to do. By giving credit to someone else you avoid getting in trouble.

Sonjani Foyo

10/8 Are You Part of ‘Generation Plagiarism’?

I think plagiarism is bad, but I don't think it's serious, because everyone copies something from a book or the internet. Even the teachers copy class work and ideas from other teachers on the internet. 
I have copied and pasted some things, I try not to, but it's just easier that way (sadly). I believe we are confused, because no one tells us what to copy, and what not to copy, and we are expected to copy things from the internet or books for assignments. 
I do believe cutting and pasting without attribution is plagiarism, but I don't think it is a serious misdeed, because it is not treated as a serious problem. In this digital age we live in, many people are losing creativity, and individuality, so plagiarizing is easy for them to do and also in the music we listen to and in the media, it does not promote originality but imitation. 
 Instructors should continue to teach the students about plagiarism, continue to show examples of how it is done, show how to cite information and how to give credit where it's due, to ensure that we have a clear understanding. If plagiarism is found in any assignment the students should be told to redo the paper or get an automatic low grade. 

Kevin Vargas
Plagiarism is a very serious thing. It is illegal to copy someone else's work and pass it off as your own. If you copy and paste someone else's work on an assignment you can fail the assignment, get kicked out of school, or even get arrested. If you find your information online you need to list your sources that way you'll be giving the person you got your source from credit and it wont count as plagiarism.

Many people have been kicked out of school for plagiarism also they've been arrested. Plagiarism can get you some time in jail. One way you can prevent plagiarism is by coming up with your own ideas and your own topic. Then, you can do research on it then you can start writing but instead of writing it word for word use your own words. you could say the same thing there trying to say just put it in your own words.

These are the reasons why people shouldn't plagiarize. I'm not saying you shouldn't use other peoples work as a reference but when you start to do your own work don't copy your sources information. And if there is a sentence or two you might want to copy from your source use quotation marks and at the end put a bibliography to your sources credit. Every website where you find your information is important but what's more important is to restate what there saying in your own words.

Plagiarism is not a bad thing if you copy-link from the website work  plus someone work so head on they work and that person just take they work and give it to the teacher well that person will end up getting a big' F' on they paper.

Many people think of plagiarism as copying another's work or borrowing someone else's original ideas. Terms like copying and borrowing can disguise the seriousness of the offense. and steal peoples work and pass it off as they they own work and failing to use quotation marks giving incorrect information about the source of a changing words.

But copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not (see our section on "fair use" rules).

In my opinion plagiarism is not a bad thing. If you copy someone's work. That means its  plagiarism. Another reason if someone works so hard on their work and another person just takes their work and gives it to the teacher that person should get a bad grade or worse. 
Plagiarism is a law. In other words, the risks of plagiarism if you plagiarize another work, you risk your credibility as an author and you are also reputation for originality and honesty . Also, plagiarism is against the law and you are also risking control of your finances should a lawsuit result in judgement against you. Also risked is your freedom should you be convicted of the crime of plagiarism and sentenced to time in jail or prison.

Someone that is creative, open minded and hard working would feel defeated, i mean its their work. I strongly feel that everybody has they own way of thinking different, writing makes you, its a feeling only you know. Its something that you create . BE yourself, BE creative.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Does Technology Make Us More Alone?

 9/28 Does Technology Make Us More Alone?

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Question of the Day: Technology is supposed to make us more connected. We can stay in touch with our friends all the time on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, and, of course, by texting. But are our smartphones actually getting in the way of real socializing? Could technology be making us more alone?

Kellie Friend

Technology wasn't always here, but it was created for people to keep us more connected. People say if this technology cuts us off from real people, is this true? Maybe it is you see people all the time in groups of friends, but you never see them talking they are always on their phones. Some people even text a person when they're in the same room as them.

A lot of people get so lost in the internet world that they make people in the real world feel alone, and unwanted. It seems like people don't realize that the more your on your phone or the internet the more you drive people away. So yea technology does make us more alone, if you just look at it the right way.

We could fix this if we put our heads into it, but some people see technology as a necessity. Phones and the internet are like an addiction, hard to stop when needed to. If people would give technology a break, and start socializing in the real world. We would be less addicted, and less lonely. So please think about how technology treats you. Are you more alone then you think?

Victor Sanchez
Some can say that Technology makes us more independent with the people around us. As technology continues to get more and more advanced, we continue to get more and more absorbed into the world of technology. As technology grows, it becomes a bigger part of our lives. Sometimes it can have a positive effect on ourselves, and other times it can have a negative effect on our lives. We continue to adapt more and more to the world of technology as it becomes a bigger part of this world. 

Now that technology is such a big part of the world, we continue to rely on it. Some people can access the internet through phones or computers, and they use the internet for everyday activities. It can be for either researching some information, listening to your favorite music, communicating with friends and family, or even just to kill some time. Nowadays, a lot of people rely on the internet to help their lives and to make it easier. Now that people are absorbed into their phones or computers, they tend to forget about the world around them.

I too am considered "alone" because of technology. Whenever i am out without my family, i am mostly seen on my phone. But I do have my reasons for why i am usually on my phone. The main reason would be where I live. Honestly, i don't trust a lot of people in the neighborhood that i live in, so whenever i am alone, i tend to get on my phone and talk to the friends I had before I moved here to New Jersey. My friends keep me company through the internet whenever i need them and we share the same interests and understand each other. We are a large bunch that met in our Hometown in New York, and most of us have moved to far places, whether it be somewhere close like in New Jersey, Or somewhere far like Texas, Florida, or even California.

I do miss the old times where we would hang out together, but technology has helped me keep in contact with them without having to feel alone. So in some ways, the internet can make us more alone, and it can also do the exact opposite.

Nayalyn Cox
 Yes, our smartphones are getting in the way of socializing. Nowadays people at important events and parties are usually on their phone making  snapchat & instagram videos.  Updating their twitter and facebook status. Taking selfies trying to capture every good moment instead of having one on one fun with friends or family . Most people don't even realize there way to into their phones  unless someone brings it to notice that its  bothering them.
Teenagers are really into their phones even in school . I will admit i sometimes get  distracted because of my phone when im in class i love texting and  listening to music but i manage to get back on track and do my work.

Yes it could make us feel more alone because  from a student perspective about not having a phone its fustrating. Nowadays Its like a trend every one have a phone , ipod ,ipad  any use of technology at reach only if they could afford it .

Shemar Schultz
Phone and Technology makes you feel alone. The reason for this is that every one has a phone so instead of paying attention to the world they pay attention to there phone. Personally i think this is bad in some ways and good in some other ways  like if they are people around you should put the phone down at least for ten minutes . The good thing is that phones help you pass time fast.

Bad part of having a phone is that once you have it you become addicted so you wont really be able to pay attention to anything else.

The good thing about having a phone is that you can keep connected to people who are not around or that you just cannot find time to see.

Aashyah Cambell
I do believe technology does make us more alone. From watching the video in class we noticed that as the girl was trying to get everyone's attention and everyone was focused on their phones. Technology as different activities on them like a mobile computer. People interact with social media, games and more. Technology allow people to accomplish a lot. Day by day people discover new things on there phone or any technology device they have.

The girl in the video we watched in class showed how people interacted with their phones more than any activity. From the time the girl woke up she didn't have a phone. She was spending time with her "boyfriend" but the whole entire time his attention was on his phone. When she went bowling instead of her friends joining her they were on their mobile device the entire time. The girl also attended at a birthday party and instead of everyone enjoying the party together they were all recording the party. This video is an example of how technology makes us more alone.

People believe that you wouldn't need a computer if you have a mobile device because it has almost everything that a computer has. Teens are the most active people using their phones with everything. A lot of people are on social sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Kik, and more. All of those sites allow people to communicate with their associates, friends, and family. When your focused on your device everything is forgotten about and your focus on activities, school, or work are distracted by the phone.

I say yes because while your busy on your phone, people are asking questions from you. You isolate yourself from others because you spend so much on technology that you have friends and family they wanted to spend time with you but you still being on technology. I've been doing that my whole life and that's making hurt on the inside. Ever since I had technology people been avoiding me.

Many times I felt left out things like when my cousins Dante and Micai come over, I feel left because my sister Jordan always wanted them to play with her. It makes me feel like I'm just a shadow to them. Also when I'm at parties, I will always feel that way. I'm starting to lose it in my mind right now. I'm over it.

Then the same thing happened while I was in Rochester too. I feel left out with my family their and it still makes me feel like.

Technology is a good and a bad thing. the good thing about technology is that it makes life a lot more easier to live and do. The bad things is that we don't get time to social more face to face talk or do things the old fashion way.
My own view is that technology makes us more alone and suppresses us from living out our lives. Though I concede that technology brings us closer together and can keep people in touch, I still maintain that phones, in particular, cause people to be less aware of what is happening around them. People are not taking the time to actually watch what is going on and are being too unaware of what is going on around them.

Technology can take away face-to-face conversations and harm relationships.
This issue is important because technology has the potential to increase our productivity and bring great financial profit to our economy, but we should be careful of how we manage its power and the ways we develop and mold our relationships. 

Michael Nickens
Does technology makes us alone. Yes because the smartphones or any kind of technology gets people distracted to their friends. Also it is disrespectful due to the fact that nobody really cares about you just themselves and the gadget. Most of the time I don't see myself surrounded and I do see myself like that. Sometimes I feel guilty when i have my phone, but I didn't feel guilty when I didn't have a smartphone.

I always put the phone down when comes to being present in a room or having a conversation with someone. The rules is when I'm around my friends I use the smartphone same is for my family when were taking pictures or trying to figure something out on the phone. But when I am having a conversation with someone I usually don't use the phone because I say to myself it's rude and arrogant. What if someone would try to do that to me.

When the smartphones, it became a new social perspective to a new generation, and will become the new future for different topics of global issues. From sports, to music, to education , to computers and many more.

Sonjani Foyo
I think technology does make us more alone because when we are using our phones, computers, laptops etc. We tend to ignore the people around us and only focus on the screens. Sometimes I am guilty of using my phone too much and not paying attention to the people, even when they are talking. I end up having to ask them to repeat what they said.

I am always surrounded by people who are staring at their screens instead of having face-to-face conversations especially now that my phone is not working I'm starting to notice it a lot. I have a rule for myself to try not to have my phone out when we are having dinner. Also, to ask everyone about their day to show that I care and that I am interested in talking to them.
I do believe our obsession with documenting everything through photographs and videos are preventing us from living in the moment. It takes so long for everyone to get their phones out and sometimes the moment feels ruined, wasted and not special anymore. It makes the moment feel planned, like your doing it for an audience and to get views and likes on the internet. I think smartphones will continue to intrude more into our private and social spaces, but I also think we are working on pushing back.

Kenshisha Little
I think technology makes people alone for many reasons. you can be surrounded by all your friends and they having a conversation about something but you don't know what they talking bout because you was on your phone the whole time so now you have to ask what happen because you don't wanna miss out on what was said.

This happen to me a lot when everybody in the living room are have a conversation bout something. I would be on my phone zone out don't know what's going on in my surrounded and I have to ask this one question all the time what are you guys talking about and my mother have to say you wasn't listen this whole feel ALONE when you the only person in the room that didn't hear the good news or bad news hey even when you didn't hear the conversation that was going on in the room.

 When I try to put my phone down to be more present it don't work out because I can see something on Facebook Instagram I like so I would just stay on my phone. I think its bad because a lot can be going on I wouldn't know about it because I'm on my phone. I remember one time my phone broke so I had to wait a month to get a new one i didn't like it but at the same time i realized that a lot happen in my house that I never know bout. i started cleaning my room more doing dishes cleaning the house.
So yea I think technology makes you alone because you just don't know what's going on in your home in school or just in the street's .

Makeba Merice

Living without technology would be boring . If I didn't had a phone I would've felt lonely and no one wouldn't pay me any attention. My mom ask me why I'm always on my phone, I say ' because you don't pay me any mind '.

Knowing you need to put down your phone and do homework but technology is life and we can't live without it . Little kids these days have cell phones and they don't concentrate on what they're
doing, sometimes you have to give it a break. You use it when you have homework or to chat with friends and family.

Yes, Technology make us feel alone because you can't socialize but no matter where I go I could still have my phone.

Tyquil Braxton

Yes, technology make us more alone because without technology for some reason we become less filled with life. I'm not surrounded much by people who stare at there screens instead of having face-to-face conversations because the people I know like to have conversations more than being in their phone screen majority of the, I'm not guilty because I don't do it...unless the people that I'm with are.
I believe that our obsession is growing strong and are preventing us from living the moment when it comes technology cause now that we have phones we can review our moment with videos and photographs.

Of course because I have respect when it comes to having company around unless we need to use our phones or agreed to using them. I can put my phone down with no problem and be more present in the room. I rather enjoy talking than to be on my phone talking about nothing.

I don't really have any rules about usage of technology when i'm at home or with friends. I know smartphones will intrude more into private and social spaces.It doesn't matter because most of us know when and when not to use our phone during certain evens.

Monaya Shipman

Does technology makes us more alone ? No I don't think technology makes us more alone. I say this because if you think about it technology makes us closer because technology allows you to communicate ,Technology lets people communicate instantly no matter how far apart they are. No its not preventing us from living in the moment because we use that technology in a different way. 

I always will rather have a face to face conversation that to text people because it takes way less time and more real. I think I should not have rules with technology for my self during social situations because I know my limit to how much i will use my phone.
I think that us documenting parties or any events dosing stop us from living in the moment. I do believe the only thing that stops us from living in the moment is the people we probably don't like shows up or the party killer or event killer show up and mess your mood up or the party up. So in my opinion documenting any events don't messes up you from living in the moment it just helps you remember the moment later on in the future.

Sekou Touray
I don't think technology makes us alone I think technology make us more connected i think technology make us more distracted like if you driving and texting at the same time you could hit somebody or crash or hit something.

In some ways technology does make us alone cause if you on your phone you don't pay attention to your friend or when somebody talking to you like. 

For example if you on your phone and you crossing the street you not paying attention to what's going on. More and more people died from car accident cause they was busy on they phone or they where doing other thing. 

I always put the phone down when comes to being present in a room or having a conversation with someone. The rules is when I'm around my friends I use the smartphone same is for my family when were taking pictures or trying to figure something out on the phone. But when I am having a conversation with someone I usually don't use the phone because I say to myself it's rude and arrogant. What if someone would try to do that to me.


I disagree with the idea that technology make us more alone. In fact, technology allow us to connect with a lot of other people. After watching the video of today's question, I realized that the problem wasn't the phones that the people the were using, it was the people themselves. It was rude of them not care about their friend. the phones are just tools, we shouldn't blame them.

Technology has evolved in a short amount of time. It is so necessary now, we use it everywhere. Schools, hospitals etc... With the advancement of technology, we figured out countless ways to interact with people that are miles away from us. By doing so, we can be friends with a lot of people, share knowledge and thoughts, and also have fun. I am not saying that technology doesn't have some bad aspect but I believe that the good aspects of technology are more in numbers than the bad aspects.


My point is that we should blame the people that use the technology instead of the technology. The video that we watched today showed that the people preferred to ignore their friend to be on their phones, it was a choice. Technology doesn't make us more alone, au contraire, it allow us to be more social and have more friends. I seriously believe that we should reflect on our behaviors and make changes!

Kevin Vargas
Most people treat their phones as part of themselves.Some people don't like to use their phones in front of people because they feel like it's disrespectful but others just don't care. People treat technology like its the only thing in the world and they'll feel lost without it.But what they don't realize is that when there on their phones while someones talking to them and there not listening the other person feels neglected.I'm going to be talking about how people feel alone when someone else is on their phones.

While people are talking and all your worried about is your phone all that shows is a sign of disrespect.They start feeling sad because your making them feel like their unimportant and like you don't care about what they have to say.A phone isn't part of you there is no reason to be on a phone while your having a conversation with someone else.Also, when your on your phone a lot your isolating yourself from everyone.Isolating yourself from other people because you don't know how to put your phone down is going to leave you without any friends.

This iswhy technology me us alone.Technology is good but that's not all their is to life.When your having a conversation with somebody its better to put away the electronics and listen.Even if you only put it away for a couple minutes its not going to go anywhere.These are my reasons why technology makes us alone.

Carl Ellis
Sometime it does so we just zone other people out and have the day to us. And all my friends have face to face convocation with me all the time never always on the phone we play ball or be in the studio recording a cover to songs. We don’t choose our phone over our brotherhood love that we have for each other. 

We use technology instead writing on paper. We take pictures or record stuff to save.And can look back at memories on our phone that we can look back at it and laugh or cry about it.

I always put my phone down and present myself to have conversations with people  to get to know them better. Phones Are just a technology that we connect with other people. People should just put phones down for 2 months and have a face to face talk with their friends and family.

We barely be on our phones we just sit around laugh to talk bout other things that happening in our everyday life. We choose family over phone cause we really don’t know phones.
They will intrude more to people cause they trying make us buy more phones, tablets and laptops .people love phone that they cant let it go. its like they lost their love one that was close to you. It's just a phone.