SOCIAL MEDIA HAS AN INFLUENCE ON OUR EVERYDAY LIVES
HUMN/HUM180 Ethical and Critical Thinking
In today’s society it seems as if everyone has a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or computer. Everything is done electronically, which has made living more convenient, for most people. Technology has made things become accessible with just a few clicks. People use their cell phones for more than just making phone calls. It is a digital phonebook, calculator, calendar, and camera. Thanks to technology, people can apply for jobs using apps on their phones or tablets. They can take online classes, interview for jobs, or simply google information when needed. The list goes on and on with the advantages of today’s technology. However, when people are using their phone, laptops, etc. they are usually on a social networking site. Social media affects our everyday lives more than we know and is rapidly on the rise of becoming the epidemic way of living.
Social media are websites that allow people to connect with other people to exchange pictures, information, or simply keep in touch. The first social networking site, Bulletin Board System (BBS), was established in February of 1978 by Ward Christensen and Randy Suess (Gilbertson 2010). BBS was used by dialing into your phone line through your PC, typing a message, then waiting days or weeks for someone to reply (Gilbertson 2010). Decades later, social media sites are much easier to access. Even BBS is easier to access and is still very popular to young people in Taiwan (Gilbertson 2010).
Now they are hundreds of social media sites. America Online (AOL) and Craigslist were the popular sites in the 1990s. Myspace came along in the early 2000s, and in 2004 Facebook was created (Dugan 2012). Facebook was originally created for college students, but in 2006 it became available to anyone over the age of 13 with an email address (GCF Global). On Facebook people share...