Social Media: Changing Our Society Electricity was first introduced to society hundreds of years ago; the way people communicate began to change in many different ways since then. New inventions helped people build more sophisticate tools to build better places to live and work. This new inventions changed the way we live now days; they make our lives much easier. In the decade of the 1920’s when radio was first introduced to public, people begin buying it and using it more and more, as years passed by it become incredibly popular that most American families had a radio at their houses.
They could spend hours with their families listening to music or their favorite shows. This was just the beginning of the revolution of social media. Throughout the years social media has reached a lot more people and has changed the way we communicate and interact with others, but it is changing the way we think too “Psychologists have also argued that digital technology is changing the way we think” (Derbyshire). The easy access to social media is causing alarming changes in the brains of society.
The use of social media through computer and mobile devices has spread quickly, and its available almost for everyone around the world and currently, the two most prominent interfaces are Facebook and Twitter. Facebook allows users to create profiles and allows them to interact with each other and to share their interests between them. It allows them to build and maintain connections and invite others to join a community. In contrast, Twitter is a social media interface that enables users to share a limited amount of user-generated content, quickly and easily, to an extensive number of other users.
With this interface, the communication exchange is central, and the creation and sharing of user profiles is not necessary, but Twitter can link to user profiles that exist on other social media interfaces. These two are the most common sites that people use to communicate and they spend hours in front of screens checking other people’s statuses and tweets. Existing research shows that young people are motivated to join these sites to keep strong ties with friends, to strengthen ties with new acquaintances, and, to a lesser degree, to meet new people online (Tebbel, 2012).
Social networking has become a major part of society. Many people wake up each day and check social media websites specifically throughout Twitter and Facebook first thing in the morning instead of reaching for a newspaper. Since people are spending such a large amount of time surfing social networks, it is important to point out some of the positive and negative effects that social networking can have on a society. The positive effects of social networking sites are allow people to create new relationships and reconnect with friends and family. Increased communication, even online, strengthens relationships.
And the other is social networking sites make people share everything that they want and bring people with common interests together, offer exposure to new ideas from around the world, and lower inhibitions to overcome social anxiety. Social media has changed the way people think and how they communicate. It’s incredible to see how social media has become such a big part of our daily lives. Just to think social media as we know it was birthed less than ten years ago in August 2003 with MySpace and has become such an integral part of our daily lives.
Synonymous with checking our email we go to our Facebook for not only our daily gossip, but for up to date news and events. It’s important to think twice before we start using this new technology just for fun because if we keep using it too much it can cause alarming changes in our brains (Derbyshire). People are modifying their behavior, social capital is evolving and progressing, and technology continues to make leaps and bounds on a path that seems to know no boundaries.
Within scope, this discussion will speak of social networking and its effect on face-to-face interaction. The combination of social networking and face-to-face interactions can lead to positive experiences as the rise of social networking continues. In a very real sense, virtual networking can be considered face-to-face networking. Even though social networking sites have positive and negative affects it depends on the person that it’s using them to let them control the way they act. Works Cited Derbyshire, David. Social websites harm children’s brains: Chilling warning to parent from top neuroscientists. ” The Daily Mall. Mar 02 2009, 12:39 AM. Singletary, Michelle. “Be Careful Online: Not everyone is a True ‘Friend’. ” Thursday, May 14, 2009. Wrotham, Jenna. “Turn Off the Phone (and the Tension). ” New York Times August 25, 2012. “Social Networking. ” The new Book of Knowledge. Grolier Online, 2012. Web. 10 Dec. 2012. Tebbel, John. “United States of America: Media. ” Encyclopedia Americana. Grolier Online 2012. Web. 10 Dec. 2012.