A healthy virtual bond?- by Teodorescu Stefania Cristina, “Fratii Buzesti” College Craiova
When first introduced to this task, I didn’t know what to write. I kept staring at the monitor hoping that an idea would finally pop. It didn’t. I guess I could have written a few clichés, but I doubt anyone would like to re-read how the internet has revolutionized our lives, how Facebook helps us reconnect with our old buddies or how Hi5 gives rise to new relationships. Then again, I could give examples of happy couples who regard virtual bonding as the dawn of their personal success. Not.
Step 2. Read the assignment again. More and more people, young and old. Indeed, if considering the statistics, there has been a growth in the number of the “breed-feed-sever-relation” sites users. But I am not supposed to discuss graphics or numbers, am I? I am going to follow the simple path here. Talk about the way these sites have influenced me (or not?). As far as I can remember, my first contact with these sites (first Hi5, then Facebook) was when I was about 14 years old. Why? Out of curiosity. All my colleagues were talking about a cute English guy they met on Hi5 or laughing at some comments on a certain picture. By now, you must be thinking I’m out of topic. And you’re probably right.
If you take a peek at the title of this essay, you’ll see that I mentioned the word ”healthy”. Reason: Is it healthy, mentally speaking, for youngsters to be allowed to enter sites formerly created for the development and exchange of information regarding our society, culture, customs, education, perspectives on life, cooking recipes, and other stuff that normally persons who’ve come of age discuss? No. Not these times. Not when a 12 year old girl poses barely dressed in pictures and then posts a philosophical quote under the image like “Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth” followed by the commonplace “luv u honey-bun xoxo”. Call me cynical or too narrow-minded if this is what you wish, but that would cause the old people mentioned in the task a heart attack, especially when noticing that that girl is their very-own granddaughter.
Step 3. Try to write within the confines. Mission impossible. What role do I think online social networking will have in the future? The one and the same role it possesses now. At least unless drastic measures will be taken. Yes, I know they are trying to censor these sites. No, they aren’t doing such a great job. There will be given a rise in person traffic and “decency” will be erased from the dictionary. Let’s face it: 99% of the people subscribing to such sites are not looking for pure friendships and simple socializing, is it? It’s not that I had something against finding your English, Chinese, American or Australian soul-mate on the internet while living in Romania. I just consider it is not alright when you are 13 and he/she’s 45. Or vice-versa.
However, I should reserve a paragraph for worshipping the god of technology, too. There’s a question left: how will it connect people from different parts of the world? Duh, via cable or satellites? I’m not an engineer or whatever to know such things. Yes, I know what you meant. Here you are; a nice big redundant cliché: people will have the opportunity of expanding their knowledge regarding other cultures, nations or mentalities, thus learning to appreciate every being for its simple existence (full stop) Moreover, mankind will engage in the long-awaited battle against racial, cultural, political and religious differences, which is widely considered to represent the finish line of world poverty, hunger, social and economical crisis. Or so they say.
Final pace. Abort subject. All aspects gathered, I am not very confident about the possible positive manner in which these sites will help us convey any well-intentioned plan for bringing the human race together. Irrespective of my tough criticism, I pin all my hopes that you will not be too judgemental after grasping the ideas expressed here.
Acest eseu este castigatorului unui bonus special in cadrul 2010 Shakespeare School Essay Competition, grupa de varsta 15-19 ani, avand ca tema “Discuss the role and future of social networking sites hi5 and Facebook“. Premiul a constat intr-un discount de 10% la orice curs intensiv de vara de limba engleza la Shakespeare School, precum si in carti si alte cadouri de la Diverta si Fischer International. Dorim sa o felicitam pe Cristina pentru faptul ca s-a evidentiat din peste 3100 de eseuri trimise la concursul national de creatie in limba engleza organizat de Shakespeare School si ii uram mult succes in continuare!