ESS003 - New Media


"What sort of relationships are these? What does it mean to have hundreds of “friends” on Facebook? What kind of friends are they anyway?” (C. Thompson, journalist)"

"Sometimes I think this stuff is just crazy, and everybody has got to get a life and stop gossiping.” (Andrea Ahan, 27)"

“It’s just like living in a village again where everybody knows everybody.  … The current generation is never unconnected. They’re never losing touch with their friends.” (Z. Tufekzi, sociologist)"

Do new media like the internet or mobile phones destroy social contact?
Or are tools like sms text messaging or Facebook (a social internet platform) changing the life of young people for the better?


Write an essay (350-400 words) on these questions and present your opinion on the following points:

  • effects on social behaviour
  • positive / negative changes
  • use the comments
  • interesting title