Being part of a younger demographic, I have grown up with all different types of technology, including social media. Social media has changed the way that people connect, share, and create using apps, the internet, and cellphones. It is unheard of these days to not have a Facebook or Twitter account.
Personally, I have accounts for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Skype, YouTube channel, Google Drive, you name it. I also have and email account, but email has been overrun by messaging services on many sites such as Facebook. I find that Google Drive is so much more convenient for sending documents and presentations using the group editing feature. Pinterest is my favourite site, where you can create your own boards and personalize your account to what you like as a person. I love to shop, and “pinning” my favourite outfits, gadgets and home ideas in picture form helped me lose my impulse to go shopping! True story. And Pinterest just recently launched their new app, which was very exciting for me!
It took some time to get the hang of things but I eventually became “social media savvy” with some practice. I was never one of those people that felt the need to want to share everything that I’m doing in my life at every given moment, and I still don’t. It seems to me as though a lot of people are using social media as their primary source of connection to the real world, instead of face-to-face interaction. The internet and the apps created by these companies appeal to people as a form of entertainment, and an escape into a cyber-world where they can express themselves as they choose. As liberating as that can seem, I’m mostly concerned about the amount of face-to-face social interaction skills that are still needed in today’s world, but are under-developed in younger generations because of the constant usage of social media.
There are many pros and cons to social media, one of my favourites being able to connect with family from wherever they are. I will always use social media for convenience and entertainment because it’s just that: convenient and entertaining. It’s hard to think about what could possibly be invented from what we already have for social media apps and websites, but there is definitely more to learn about the uses we could gain from social media.