The drones. Like clockwork, every minute on the minute, the glance, not at the horizon or the sky or even the pavement moving underneath hundred dollar sneakers, but at the phone. The constant buzz under the left or right butt cheek. The dadadaling echoes in classrooms. Is the ability to garner information at the speed of light a blessing or a curse?
In the wake of Sierra Nevada College’s Eagle’s Eye Newspaper article regarding the Student Government Association’s budget, several students were riled up about the finances surrounding events and the newly incorporated SGA conference, but few of those objectors have found an advantageous outlet for their woes. This pattern of passivity is a noted trend on campus where big talk yields little follow-through.
Living in Lake Tahoe, it’s not entirely unusual to meet people who don’t partake in social media. It’s not uncommon to know someone who does not have a Facebook or Twitter account, or even someone who doesn’t have a cell phone.That person might be you. In an age where technology is infiltrating every aspect of our daily lives, will it be possible for these people to stay disconnected?
For those who do utilize social media, it has become increasingly important to be aware of your online presence. Recently, employers have been using social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to screen potential job applicants. In the article “How Companies use Facebook to Hire and Fire Employees” on Huffingtonpost.com it is said that 45% of employers use social media sites to look at potential hires. It’s a good reason to remove those pictures of you doing keg stands last summer from your profile, but could it be equally as damaging to have no online presence at all?