If Famous Websites Were People [Video]

If the Internet were a real life party with human versions of websites, that party would be pretty weird.

While a roaring party with Pinterest, Facebook, YouTube and Reddit sounds like the soiree of the century, it seems that these extra popular social media networks would have been a pretty irritating human being.

In this hilarious video by Cracked, a poor, unsuspecting person goes to the Internet party and meets the celebreties of the social media world.

Cracked clearly imagines a work place get together with these Internet media “people” that proves you really won”t agree to be friends with the World Wide Web.

As Mashable reports, in real life, Facebook is the ever-changing, uber-popular chick with a likeable disposition who introduces her to everybody.

Reddit is the know-it-all-first guy who shows Facebook-chic a picture of an atheist cat with Instagram forces her to look at food while wearing sunglasses.

Kickstarter is always hitting you up for cash; Bing is just an eavesdropper and Pinterest is always bragging about her DIY skills but her gluten-free cupcakes taste like cat food,” describes the Internet persons Mashable.

“They are after the party :D Never actually at the party :D” writes a YouTube user.

“Very good. And kind of sad, but true. Remember when the internet was young and fresh and new and fun? It’s getting more like television every day,” adds another.

By the way, socail media may be on the rise with millions of users joining to Facebook and Twitter, but in the US and UK, active use of social services is on the decline, falling to 23% and 24%, respectively, in 2012, claims a new report from Motorola Mobility.

The USA and the United Kingdom reported lower numbers for simultaneous social engagement while watching TV than the global average of 43%.

The two countries have seen a sizable drop in engagement over the past couple years. Three years ago, 39% of viewers from the UK and 32% from the US confessed that they are using social media while watching TV.

The news is not a catastrophy for social media, though, as the kids still seem into it. 60% of 16-24-year-olds revealed that they used a companion device to keep track of social conversations while watching.

Last year John Lyons, director of CHEO’s mental-health research group, applied to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for a grant to conduct his own study aimed to discover whether social media affect human’s mental health.

Mr Lyons found out that teenagers using the largest social network, Facebook, have more narcissistic tendencies while young adults who have a strong Facebook presence show more signs of other psychological disorders, including anti-social behaviours.

Social media had been proven to be distracting and to have negative impact on learning. The conducted research found that middle school, high school and college students who checked social networking sites at least once during a 15-minute study period achieved lower grades.

The desire to stay connected “actually plagues us,” says Sydneyeve Matrix, a media professor at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont.

“There is a genuine fear of missing out, and you aren’t paranoid. You are actually missing out on a lot of stuff that goes on — if you are not online, on Facebook specifically,” she said. “It’s becoming the destination. The default. For many people it’s the beginning and the end of their web experience.”

“They want to know who is dating who, where the next big party is and whether they can get notes from a lecture they missed,” she added.

“The more we use our mobile phones, the more they become an extension of ourselves. I do see students quitting Facebook for exams because they feel the pressure to be on it and be distracted is so great that the only way they can deal with that is to take a big break.”

As the research outlining the dangers of social media continues to pile up, none of the researchers are willing to completely write off the giants of the social media world.

The researchers believe that the social sites have many good points, but it’s important to understand their dangers as they become a greater part of our everyday lives.

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