Digital and Sociocultural Diversity

Theme : “Embracing Digital – Socio Cultural Diversity for Sustainable Development”
Topic : How digital and social cultural diversity of today’s young people could help or affect the society?
Date : April 7, 2018
Location : AVR Hall, University of Antique, Sibalom, Antique
Participants: University Students
Speaker : Hon. Eric Otayde – currently Provincial Information Officer of Antique and Professor,  Former Board Member, Former Provincial Administrator and Town Councilor

Abstract

               Digital Socio Cultural diversity workshop will explore the impact of a powerful global media-driven culture on young people, and how it has affected their socialization process and values, including the gender implications and changing generational relationships (both as a unifying and diversifying influence). Through this event we will demonstrate the young people a sense of social responsibility and leadership amongst youth in order to bring about more sustainable development outcome. Encourage young people to become active and motivate the proper use digital socio culture diversity for sustainable development of society. This workshop also demonstrate how to make informed decisions about the challenges they are facing as well as in the future due to the effect of digital and socio cultural  to facilitate a greater understanding through dialogue and team work. Furthermore this explains how they can have a positive contribution to improve the quality of life through digital and socio cultural diversity.

 

Introduction

               Youth is the backbone of the society but with the rapid growth of Digital – Socio Cultural Diversity how can this affect to their mental and emotional behavior, belief, and their relationship both internal and external. We, United Tribes Organization Study Group (UTROS) in Philippines believe in the unique power of young people to face this challenges and opportunities embracing digital socio cultural diversity with courage and dignity.

               In this event we desire to gather a textural opinion and perspective from the students of University of Antique. To build the capacity of young people to understand, analyze, participate actively in and benefit fully from, Digital Socio youth culture of today and awakening them, if how vital their roles in the society and hoping for those students who will be participating this event will share what they will learn into their peers and continue their community leadership and address the unique issues of concern that emerged in the Workshop.

 

Socio Cultural Diversity

               Way back youth socio cultural diversity according to our workshop resources Hon. Eric Otayde some people were born naturally rich, some were born rich and become poor and others were born poor but become rich. And the other diversity is the sense of intellect and sexuality. Until other subcultures came out such as tribes, punks, emo, norms, values etc., and changing position of young women within youth cultures, the impact of globalization and consumerism. Hence, it’s not that complicated as the way in this age of technology.

 

Youth Digital – Socio Cultural Diversity

               Revolving or involving a combination of social and cultural factors such an example Facebook, IG’s, Twitter, Snapshot, YouTube, Hangouts and etc., or known as social media are today’s Digital Socio Cultural Diversity of young people.

 

How digital socio cultural diversity affect the youth mental, social and emotional behavior?

               According to some students of University of Antique it affects their mental behavior by jumping into conclusion in what they’ve seen in Social media rather than finding the truth. Some also said that it makes them aware of what’s happening around them and other said it gives knowledge and help them in terms of research.

               In their social behavior digital socio cultural diversity affects the youth to make friends and networks much easier and it makes the communication faster. There also some said that they used this to express themselves. And others said that digital socio cultural diversity make their interpersonal interaction lesser.

               Digital socio cultural diversity affects the young people emotional behavior by living in their post. Their happiness lies on how many likes, comments and share they could get in the posts they’ve shared. Some said it develop self-concept and comparison that sometimes already became a competition that may lead to their happiness, sadness, anxiety, depression and worst suicide.

 

How digital socio cultural diversity affect their values, belief, relationships (internal and external)

               Digital Socio Cultural Diversity affect the values and belief of today’s young people according to the student through example: before we pray before we eat now, one by one get their phone take pictures or selfies and post in their Social Media accounts before they eat their meal. Some said they are making an image that far from the reality.

               In terms of relationship Digital – Socio cultural diversity sometimes put some real interaction gap. Since, instead of hanging out with family and friends they rather to in bed with their phones. Some said it also lessens their bond and time for each other and they only depend on same class of person. Even that they’re together it seems apart since they’re facing each other hence they’re facing with their own phone. While some said in terms on-line business it is so much easy and it helps them to earn easily.

 

Conclusion

               Young people cultures today are affected by social media without a proper guidance, control and knowledge and as a result it becomes a competition and addiction that may lead to anxiety, depression and sometimes suicide.

               They lie or at least “decorate” the truth in order to be more interesting or to please others, get more likes, comments and shares. Digital Sociocultural Diversity is a good place for sharing the highlight of your days but inevitably it tends to become a competition for validation and the lack of it could make you feel less valuable as a person. Sometimes tweets and likes become more important than living.

               Social media has helped this shift happen with lightning speed. It’s concerning to see this new foundation for social exchanges being laid by the current generation for the next, because it isn’t solid.

               This is not only a challenge to us but also an opportunity as long as we know the proper use of it to make it profitable and helpful. This way we can build fruitful respond to the urgency of our global rapid digital change for sustainable future.