Social media is something that is very important for my career field, as well as to me in general. I use social media daily, and unlike some people, I’m not ashamed to say that I love social media and everything about it! To me, it is a way to keep in touch with people who I don’t see on a daily basis, see what my family is doing, and lets be honest, it’s just a great way to creep on people.
Ask any of my friends and they will tell you that I am labeled the “social media queen” to them. Social media is something that I have had ever since I can remember, the idea of being able to connect with so many people from one site is very appealing to me, and always has been. Like I said before, I use social media daily. I have every account possible, and I use them in multiple different ways. Keeping in touch with friends is important, but as I have become older, I like to use social media to update my blog, check LinkedIn, fix my resume, and make my social media channels appealing for potential employers. Growing older changes the way I’ve looked at my social media accounts, and I actually really like the way my accounts have matured as I have.
It seems like everyone now-a-day has some sort of social media account. Social media has no age limit, and I love how anyone can become connected no matter what their age is. I see others using social media for around the same reasons as me; younger generation have them to remain cool to their peers, my generation uses it to keep in touch with family and friends from high school (or just to stalk them), the older generation is using it to keep tabs on their kids and family also. How convenient is it to have these websites where you can keep in touch with family members who live far away, or ones you may never see anymore? “Sixty-seven percent of US citizens ages 12 and up use social media of some type” (King 2015).
With such a popular thing, comes positives and negatives. Some of the positives are that it connect us. Social media gives people their own little community online. You can follow anyone you want, and you can pick and chose who you want to see. This gives people a sense of belonging, and it helps for us to feel a different sense of connectedness with people. “A sense of community allows individuals to extend their interactions with strong ties and increases their opportunities to form weak ties. It encourages and supports information seeking behavior and reflects the sense of enjoyment that individuals gain from connecting with others via a range of social media tools” (Scheepers,H.,Scheepers,R., Stockdale & Nurdin, 2014). .A downfall could be that “we live in world of objects and are guided in our orientation and action by the meaning of these objects” (Bilandzic, Patriarche & Traudt, 2012). Being so obsessed with something like social media could ultimately be a bad thing. People become too obsessed with this form of communication, and it cuts out the social part of it. You see young kids only wanting to use an iPad or iPhone instead of wanting to go out and play with their friends. It’s very sad to see that the younger generation is becoming so consumed with the media part of it that they are completely throwing away their adolescence. There are so many more positives and negatives that people could correlate with social media, but these are just two of the main ones from my perspective.
Since the very beginning of MySpace, I have always been connected somehow. Growing up in the generation I did, I was able to see how some of the most major social media channels have evolved as the years went on. I remember making my Facebook and not knowing what the heck I was doing. It’s still so weird to me that social media has become such a norm amongst people of all ages. Seeing some of the evolution of social media has been amazing, because it still is changing every day. “Today’s global technology system actually took more than 60 years to come to age” (Hurley 2010). 60+ years is what it took for us to be where we are today, and it is amazing to think about what else we have in store for us.
I can honestly say that I am excited to see where social media is in about 20 years. The evolution of something as complex yet simple as social media, is something to admire. Seeing where we have come from, and where we are now is truly amazing. I will continue to use social media daily, and I will forever hold the reputation of social media queen amongst my friends, and I hope everyone else enjoys this as much as I do.
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