Social media has definitely become a big part of my life. The last thing I look at is my phone before I got to sleep and is the first thing I wake up to. Social media has helped me be able to stay in touch with people in my life all over the world, of which before I would have never stayed in touch with. Being originally from Canada makes it hard to stay in touch with all of my family up there. On social media I am able to talk to my aunts, uncles, and cousins at the touch of a button.
My first social media account was originally Facebook. I was in grade 9 of high school when I was first introduced to Facebook. Having had Facebook for many years I decided two years ago to deactivate my account. The whole perspective of seeing people happy all the time gave me a wrong perception of what their life was really like. I found that looking through people’s pages only created a comparison of their life to mine. Therefore I realized it was better for me to just live my life without having to compare on Facebook. Of course this is only a personal preference, however I do believe that Facebook is a really great source to get the news and to stay in touch with friends as well as to create an opening for possible connections for jobs etc.
The two accounts of which I use on a daily bases are instagram and Snapchat. I get a lot of news on instagram and it has recently come to my attention that I am now using Instagram more for news sources rather than people I know. I check instagram constantly. I think a lot of it comes from habit, of touching my phone and picking it up. I feel as if I check instagram without really knowing what I am doing. Snapchat has just recently grabbed my attention in the last 6 months and would have to be my favorite social media account right now. I must say at first I was unentertained and did not grasp the point of Snapchat. I love how fun and spontaneous it is! Its randomness and unplanned moments captures the beauty of it for me. However I do fallow a couple of restaurants and bars on Snapchat. They are very informative and quick to the point, exposing deals and activities of the day.
I also have a linked in account of which I rarely use but was advised by a professor to participate in it for connections of future jobs. Although I rarely check this account I am pleased to be a part of the account because I know that just having it is getting my name out there and it will be tremendously useful in my future. I believe that social media has drastically changed not only our world but also the evolution of humans. It is able to expose us in ways that were never even an opportunity before. You can constantly know what is going on in the world. With social media there is no excuse to not know what is going on in your local city or the country thousands of miles away. I do believe that one must be careful when using social media because there are pros and cons of the sites, just like everything else. Studying advertising as my major, I am thankful for all the social media outlets. Not only does it create a complete new outlet to see products, it is also the fastest way to get news out to the world as fast as possible.