Think back about 10 years ago and think of how much people communicated with other people around them. You actually went for coffee or grabbed a bite to eat just to chat. Nowadays for some, all of the chatting happens via the Internet. Communication has declined dramatically with the use of social networks. How often do people actually have conversations with their peers and friends nowadays? It rarely happens, thanks to the creation of Facebook and other major social networks. Text messaging also plays a major role. I can’t remember the last time that I had a long conversation with someone on the phone. When I need to tell a friend or family member something, 99.9% of the time, I just send them a quick text message.
The boost of social networks has especially increased with having smart phones. I know I check my Facebook about a million times a day on my iPhone or iPad. It is the easiest way to check the news. In fact, I rarely watch the news anymore. I find out the latest happenings by seeing it on my news feed. I find it much easier to follow news stations on Twitter and just check it there. Lately, social media sites are definitely becoming the fastest source for news.
So, what would we do without social networks? For me, it has been even worse now that I have access to these social networks on my cell phone. I make it a habit to check my phone constantly. Not only am I addicted to my iPhone, but I am also addicted to social networks, particularly Facebook. I really don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t check my Facebook everyday. It is a good way to find out how friends are that you don’t see anymore. Although I wish we all communicated more in person today, it is still a good way to keep in touch with people. Who knows where social media networks will bring us in the future. It will be interesting to see how far social networks go.
Senior, Information Science