Senin, 23 November 2009

Facebook and Johari Window Theory

Facebook is a free social networking that owned by Facebook, Inc. Why facebook can be one of social networking?. I think all of you can answer easily. All people can share and communicate in facebook. We can take our photo and publish it. We also can add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves. Because of these benefits, nowdays, facebook to be one of trend in social networking.

If we talk about Facebook as social networking, we have to can talk about the Johari window theory too, Do you know why? Because Facebook is related by Johari window Theory. But before i explain more about it, i should explain little about this theory. As we know, Johari Window theory is one of the most useful models describing the process of human interaction. A four paned "window," as illustrated above, divides personal awareness into four different types, as represented by its four quadrants: open, hidden, blind, and unknown. The lines dividing the four panes are like window shades, which can move as an interaction progresses.

From the last explanation, we can take the point if there is the relation between Johari Window Theory and Facebook. In Facebook , users usually write all about them in Info Application, not only about their identity, but also some of their interest. With Facebook, other users can know who i am or who we are. The point is all of you (users) can know not only about my factual information, but also about my feelings, motives, behaviors, wants, needs and desires, indeed, any information describing who I am or who we are. And, these are because of facebook as social networking. In Johari Window, we can find all of these in the “open area”. In the open area also talk about impression management. As Johari Window Theory, we also can find impression management in facebook. Especially in our photo, we usually make our photo more beautiful or more handsome to interest people for adding us. Besides, sometimes, in facebook, we always update our status regulary and make ourselves being eksist in facebook world.

Basicly, “Open area” in Johari Window Theory is most related with Facebook. As social networking, facebook usually used as communicating and sharing. We can know people, and they can too. In facebook, there is many kinds of application that can we use as the media of communicating and sharing. Firstly, in Photo Application, we can upload our photo and share it. Second, in Info application, we can write everything about us and publish it. Third, In Chat Application, Status Updates Application and Inbox Application, we can communicating with the other people. Because of those all, all people can know you, and you can too. All of those are consist of “Open” Area in Johari indow Theory.

In Johari Window, there is hidden area. In facebook, The hidden area can be found easily . In facebook, sometimes, there is some information that I have not told you, nor mentioned anywhere in facebook, what my father’s name is. This information is in my "hidden" quadrant. Just on my mind. Not for publishing, because maybe it’s privacy information. As we know, in facebook we usually find short information in some people or some users. They usually hide more information about themselves by not write any private information about them in Facebook. And It’s consist of “hidden” Area in Johari Window Theory.

Besides open area and hidden area, in fecebook we can see the blind area. In The "blind" area represents things that you know about me, but that I am unaware of. For example, perhaps in our on going conversation, if in facebook, we usually find in Status Application or Chat Application. When i communicate or chat with our best friends in facebook or update our status in facebook, i usually keep our image or write unreal information to hide my lacking. And you as my best friend aware about it but i dont know about it. You also can’t say anything, since you don’t want to embarrase me, or you may draw your own inferences that perhaps I am being insincere.

And the last area in johari window theory that related with facebook is the “unknown area. The "unknown" quadrant represents things that neither I know about myself, nor you know about me. In “unknown” area, we will talk about something in ourselves, but we and all people don’t know about it. Just God who knows. For example, In facebook, “unknown” area can be found when we communicate or chat with someone, but in fact, once day later, he or she probably is our fate or our soulmate. Both of you and her/ him don’t know about it. Just God who knows about our fate. And facebook is one of way to find our soulmate.

From, my explaination in below, we can take a short summary that “In facebook, if you know more information about someone, your relationship with her or him will be closer and the window between you and her/him will be more open too.”

Thanks before,, ^_^

My Sweet Regard,
(Melisa Ari Santy)

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