In today’s world is really hard to think about a day when we are not affected by social media. It is something that has become a part of our lives and almost a part of who we are. From the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed, social media is something that nobody can scape. I admit it myself that it has become a part of my daily routine. I wake up and start the day by listening to Pandora, then while I’m having breakfast, I check Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram and as the day passes by I have come to realize that I check my phone and my computer at least 45 times. Some years back it would have been crazy to think of this and believe the impact that social media would have on us. It is something that has not only changed the way we get entertained, but also the way we gain knowledge, communicate and socialize. It has shaped the entire world into something we would have never thought.
When talking about social media, it is important to analyze that there are different types of social media out there and that they all have different purposes. However, one thing that is true for all, is that they have changed the way humans interact not only with others, but also with the world. Social media like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc. have helped us to be able to interact with others when they are not physically there, and this is something I do on a daily basis since my family lives faraway and it is one way to keep in touch. However, at the same time, this so-called “social” media has separated us from its main purpose. Even though we have become more social through them, it seems as if we have lost that exact same interaction with the world around us. I have realized multiple times that while I might be sitting next to someone or eating with them, I or them might be checking our phones multiple times and this doesn’t always allow for interaction to occur. We have changed from having a social life, into having a very “tech” social life. It seems as if people are more worried to “live” through these media rather than actually living.
On the other hand, it can also be said that social media has been able to create a world without boundaries allowing globalization to occur. Social media has been able to shape how society works for the better as well. Websites like LinkedIn for example, have help expand markets in ways no one would have thought. They make it easier for contact to occur and for people to interact. Also, social media has given people the power to communicate their thoughts, be more engaged, and be more updated with what is happening around the world. Social media has given people the power to tell their stories and to access a great amount of information in a shorter period of time.
I, as an user of social media like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and others, believe that social media has helped humanity in many ways, but that as everything else in the world, it has also brought some major concerns. I believe that how it ends depends on us because we are the only ones responsible for how we use it. We must be able to balance our life, and not get overwhelmed and consumed with social media, but rather use it for out benefits without forgetting that the real world is out there and not in there.