Social connections blog post: Final Week
This is my final blog post for the A&S Wired Class: Social Connections . I have really enjoyed this class and what it has to offer to Wired students. Coming into this class I really had no idea what it would entail besides the course description given when I registered for classes. I enjoyed the class size and being able to have discussions with people I got to know throughout the course. I learned a lot of things and concepts over the 8 weeks of this course. Such as: One will not perish without Facebook, Dale Carnegie liked to state the obvious, sex is scientifically complicated, I would not have been a Kinsey volunteer, and relationships are what one makes them.
In the first few class sessions, one of our assignments was to watch The Social Network, and to go on a “Facebook Fast” for no less than three days. I really enjoyed this out of class activity. I love the movie The Social Network and knowing how Zuckerburg came about forming a multi-million dollar business. It was not easy for him and he lost a lot of money and friends along the way. I also enjoyed going on the Facebook Fast, I learned that I would not die without Facebook, and it also gave me some extra time to do other things instead of looking at what other people are doing all the time. I also certainly did not miss people who got excited because they were going to Walmart and had to post about it.
The first book we read, was “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. I enjoyed some parts of this book, but the other times I felt like Carnegie was reiterating what he had already previously stated. I also felt like the principles he was discussing was stating the obvious. All of the principles he was talking about, I was already doing or have been doing. I felt as though it was common sense but on the other hand was somewhat refreshing and enlightening. I respected and agreed with most of his opinions.
The second book we read in class was “Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex” by Mary Roach. This book was uncomfortable for some to read, but even more uncomfortable for others to talk about in class. I felt that as we began to discuss the books topics more, we as a whole class grew more comfortable with talking about sex with others. What I got from this book is that sex is scientifically complicated. Mary Roach went into finite detail over the mechanisms of sex. I had never really thought that much about sex in great length besides intercourse. I have learned that there are a lot of body functions that go into sex. From the hormones to the muscles that go into it, to the other bodily functions. From the class presentations, I noticed that a lot of people did not like Bonk. However, I had read Mary Roach’s “Stiff” back in high school, so I knew what I was getting myself into before I had begun reading the book. I enjoy my fair share of comedy, and I absolutely love Mary Roach’s sense of humor and funny factual anecdotes she puts in her books.
Another thing I found interesting in reading Bonk was the Kinsey experiments. I found these to be extremely controversial especially for the time that it was set in (the 50’s-60’s, I believe?) And I cannot comprehend who would volunteer to participate in these studies. I learned that I would in no way shape or form volunteer for these kinds of studies. Which also reminds me of all the sex research that was in the book. I found it all interesting but weird at the same time.
One of the last things I learned in this Social Connections class is that Relationships are what you make them. What one puts into a relationship, is what one gets out of a relationship. This idea spawns both from Dale Carnegie’s “How To Win Friends and Influence People” and Mary Roach’s “Bonk.” If one does not have the time and energy to put into a relationship, then that person will have a hard time in the relationship for it to be satisfactory. Using the principles discussed in Carnegie’s book it will help to remind me how to behave in a relationship whether it be a friendship or boyfriend/girlfriend relationship.
From the final presentations in class, it seems as though mostly everyone has really enjoyed this class. We have all found some way to connect to a topic discussed. I believe this was a really influential class to my beginning of freshman year. The experiences I have had in this class will help me in the future.