Study: We understand that social media does not equal social interaction

first_imgShare If you worry that people today are using social media as a crutch for a real social life, a University of Kansas study will set you at ease.Jeffrey Hall, associate professor of communication studies, found that people are actually quite adept at discerning the difference between using social media and having an honest-to-goodness social interaction. The results of his studies appear in the journal New Media & Society.“There is a tendency to equate what we do on social media as if it is social interaction, but that does not reflect people’s actual experience using it,” Hall said. “All of this worry that we’re seeking out more and more social interaction on Facebook is not true. Most interactions are face to face, and most of what we consider social interaction is face to face.” Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Pinterestcenter_img LinkedIn Email According to Hall, social media is more like old-fashioned people-watching. “Liking” something is similar to a head nod. It’s not social interaction, but it’s acknowledging you are sharing space with someone else.“Keeping tabs on other people sharing our social spaces is normal and part of what it means to be human,” Hall said.Hall is no stranger to research on social media. New Media & Society published an earlier study of his that found people can accurately detect the personality traits of strangers through Facebook activity.In his current paper in the journal, Hall details three studies. The first demonstrates that when using social media, most of us are engaged in passive behaviors that we don’t consider social interaction, like browsing others’ profiles and reading news articles.The second diary study demonstrates that most of what we consider social interaction with people in our close circle of friends happens face to face. When interaction with these close others is through social media, it’s not something passive like browsing or “liking” but rather using chat or instant message functions.Here’s where it gets interesting, Hall said. The first study found that chatting and commenting — things that we would even consider social interaction — are but 3.5 percent of our time on social media.The third study had participants contacted at random times throughout the day. This study drives home how adept we are at separating social media use with social interaction. People reported 98 percent of their social interactions took some other way than through social media.“Although people often socially interact and use social media in the same time period, people understand they are different things,” Hall said. “People feel a sense of relatedness when they’re interacting face to face, but using social media does not make them feel connected.”All three studies, Hall said, circle around the idea that we still value face-to-face time with close others for the purpose of talking.“If we want to have a conversation, we’re not using social media to do it,” he said.The findings speak to a broader anxiety that many still have regarding social media.“There’s a worry that people are seeking out more and more social interactions on Facebook and that social media is taking over our face-to-face time,” Hall said. “I’m saying, ‘Not so fast.’ People use social media to people-watch and still seem to enjoy a good face-to-face conversation.”last_img read more

Lend Lease ponders move for ING retail property fund

first_imgThere’s no guarantee Lend Lease’s involvement will lead to a transaction, the company said in a statement today after the Financial Review named Lend Lease and Australia’s sovereign wealth fund as the preferred bidders.The unlisted ING fund, which may be valued at A$1.4bn, is due to pick a buyer today, the Financial Review reported. Australia’s Future Fund and Lend Lease’s fund management unit will hold the Joondalup asset, while the other properties will be kept in a separate vehicle, the newspaper said.The ING Retail Property Fund includes 17 properties in Australia and New Zealand, according to the fund’s Web site. bloomberg.comlast_img

Argos Picked Third in GSC East

first_img BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The University of West Florida softball team was picked third in the Gulf South Conference East Division Preseason Poll, it was announced today by the Conference office. The Argos received 15 points in the preseason poll, eight behind both Valdosta State and Alabama-Huntsville, who share the top spot in the GSC East.The Blazers were voted as overall preseason GSC favorites, receiving six overall favorite votes while UAH received five. Arkansas-Monticello, the preseason favorites in the GSC West, received the other two preseason overall favorite votes.Two Argonauts earned spots on the preseason All-GSC East team. Senior Karri Bisbee, a Panama City, Fla., native, earned one of the GSC’s 2nd base positions, while Pensacola native Amber Ingram, a junior, earned the lone 3rd base spot. Bisbee was a 2nd team All-GSC pick in 2010, while Ingram was named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American team and the All-GSC 1st team.Three Argonauts were named to the GSC Top Newcomers list. Ashliegh McLean and Tiffany Duncan join the UWF roster from the junior college ranks, while Elizabeth Nugent is a freshman who will compete for playing time at 1st base.West Florida posted a 40-16 record in 2010, including a 16-11 mark in GSC play. UWF advanced to both the GSC Tournament and the NCAA Division II South Regional tournament last season.Following Valdosta State, Alabama-Huntsville and UWF in the preseason GSC East poll are West Alabama, North Alabama and West Georgia. Behind Arkansas-Monticello in the West division are Ouachita Baptist, Henderson State, Delta State, Arkansas Tech, Christian Brothers and Southern Arkansas.UWF’s 2011 campaign starts on February 11, when they host Saint Leo as part of the GSC-SSC Crossover.COMPLETE GSC RELEASEPrint Friendly Version Karri Bisbee (Photo by Jim Hogue) Sharecenter_img Argos Picked Third in GSC Eastlast_img read more

Buckeye Valley Barons Win on the Road Against Centerburg Trojans

first_img Related TopicsBuckeye Valley BaronsCenterburg Trojans by Logan KelleherOverall team confidence played a huge part in a win today for Buckeye Valley.It was a 51-25 victory for the Barons, with three players scoring in double digits. Dylan Herbert had 15 to lead the Barons, with Stone Foltz and Austin Richard each adding 10. Clark Newland was a point away from getting into the double digits, finishing with nine.Foltz hit two threes in the second quarter on the way to building a 30-5 halftime lead.“The teams motivation was really high, everybody’s confidence was helping me build my confidence,” Foltz said after the game.The confidence was high for Richard as well. He spoke highly of his teammates when asked about how he got his points.“My points came from my teammates.”Centerburg finally got a spark in the third quarter, scoring 11 points, and finishing off the quarter trailing 42-16. They matched Buckeye Valley with nine points in the fourth quarter, with the final being 51-25.“We try to talk to the players a lot about playing their strengths and playing their roles,” head coach Andy Gast said after the game.Gast added that Richard and Foltz were playing to their strengths, but he also said their were some negatives, mainly that the Barons had 23 turnovers..The win will be a motivator for the Barons, as they play Marion Harding on Jan. 4, the fourth of five straight road games for Buckeye Valley. Centerburg will play Northmor on Jan. 5, the first of four road games. NEO HS Stafflast_img read more

Alex McLeish rubbishes reports he is on verge of taking Rangers job

first_img1 Alex McLeish insists he has had no contact from Rangers after one bookmaker suspended betting on him being named manager.Scottish league sponsor Ladbrokes closed its book on the Ibrox vacancy after favourite McLeish attracted more bets in the wake of Rangers’ defeat by Dundee on Friday.But McLeish told The Scottish Sun: “I would like it to be known that there has been no contact from anyone at Rangers and it’s important that the speculation is put to rest.”McLeish has been the favourite with several bookmakers even before Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes insisted he was staying at Pittodrie last week amid ongoing speculation linking him with a return to Ibrox.Rangers sacked Pedro Caixinha more than a month ago and have lost their last two games under caretaker boss Graeme Murty.McLeish was interviewed for the job before Caixinha was appointed in March but lost out and later expressed reservations about some issues which came up in talks with the club.The former Scotland manager won seven trophies during four-and-a-half years as Rangers manager from December 2001, including two titles. His most recent managerial job was a short stint at Egyptian side Zamalek early last year.Rangers face a Premiership double header with Aberdeen this week, hosting the Dons on Wednesday before travelling north for a Sunday meeting. Alex McLeish is the favourite to become Scotland’s next manager last_img read more