Social media has been a part of our lives for many years, starting with the dial up internet connection in the 1960’s and the first ever email being sent out in 1971. Since then, our world has evolved immensely when it comes down to the social networking aspect. We now have high speed internet almost anywhere across the country. Although it is remarkable how our societies are expanding and becoming more and more connected every single day, it is also causing a large problem. Teenagers, and even adults, are addicted to different forms of social networking, whether it is Twitter, Facebook, texting or any of the many other methods of communicating and expressing yourself. A study was conducted in the German city of Wurtzburg, which suggested that social media outlets are quite possibly more addictive then alcohol and cigarettes. The purpose of this blog is to identify the positives and negatives that continue to arise as social networking becomes larger and larger.
Teens are using social networking positively to communicate with friends and family from all over the world and business men and woman are able to perform deals from one country to another, because of how social networking has progressed. Teachers have gone from banning the use of cellphones and any form of technology in their classrooms, to now using them to help engage students. Companies can advertise over the internet, on Twitter or Facebook at no cost, helping them to successfully reach many consumers everywhere.
It is known that 22% of the time being spent online is spent using a social networking site, and having said that, this is how social media is known to be used negatively. Too much time is being spent using the internet and different websites, leaving people without enough sleep at night or to become very distracted and lose their focus on the more important things that they should be doing, for example, quality time with their kids or for children, time spent doing their homework. Nowadays, too much information is being shared online, and now that companies are all on the social networking bandwagon, this can cause you to lose your job, a potential job, or even friendships.
There are many pros and cons when it comes down to it. Now that we have became so attached to social networking, it will be around for a very long time. I believe that if we all learn to correctly use this amazing form of communication and entertainment, and be smart while doing so, then it can potentially benefit us majorly, like it has began to do already. The internet will continue to get better every single day and if we embrace this then it can help us all to be on the road to success.