Growing up with the internet has impacted perceptions and factors of socialization in regards to one’s self, family and community. Facebook was released in 2004 to college students at Harvard, but has now spread to not only college students…but the world. Facebook has become a social norm in everyday life, not only by students but by adults as well. The technology of facebook is growing each and every day because society states that you are not normal if you do not use Facebook. “It’s become a veritable rite of passage into the cool adult world” (Boyd 2007).
“Hey guys, oh my god, check out that new selfie I just posted on Facebook… I got thirty likes in under five minutes…” In today’s revolutionary world where technology advances rapidly, social media has infiltrated out lives so thoroughly and swiftly, we are passively becoming more dependent on online networking sites to build friendships and to connect with each other. The frequent use of social networking should be reduced because it is causing many of us to neglect real life communication and soon “forget” how to socialize face-to-face. The benefits and defects of online social networking is being debated regularly. For many people, using social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., has become increasingly popular for staying in touch. Further more the process of becoming friends with someone seems to be as easy as collecting stickers on McDonald’s coffee cups.
Some MMOs are free to play, however they have additional items which can only be obtained through real money. These items usually have a short expiry date provoking the victim to pay more money. This shows that through technology, in this case the internet; people have been lured into a financial burden, spending a tremendous amount of money on virtual items. Social Networking allows individuals to keep in touch with friends, family or even people they have never met over the internet. Networks such as Facebook have reeled in over three hundred and fifty million users, half of which are active daily.
How Social Media Has Affected Our Lives 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. In the 2000’s computer purchases reached the 500 million mark (Technology Changes Peoples Lives). Is that part of our need to stay connected?
They post photos, videos, and status all the time; in general, they share their own lives with family, friends, and acquaintances over internet. Moreover, the population on the social networking has increased enormously since few years that creates a different way of communication between people. Indeed, from the source ‘www.socialnetworkingwatch.com’ on the 24th April 2012: “Facebook: 850M monthly active, 250M photos uploaded every day, and 425M mobile users; Twitter: 465M accounts, 175M tweets a day, and 1M accounts are added to Twitter every day; Instagram: 30M users and the release of the Android app version saw 1M downloads in 1 day; Pinterest: one of the top 10 largest social networks with 11M visits per week and 10.4M registered user”. Those facts show how people connect differently with each others more and more every day. Then, because of the Social Networking almost half of Americans avoid the real fact of communication (face to face) that can cause problems in relationships.
With social networking comes numerous beneficial aspects of using this form of communication. You can reach thousands of people within seconds of making a post. People use Facebook for multiple different functions. The biggest function they use Facebook for is rekindling long lost friendships or making it easier and maybe even cheaper to talk to for away relatives. People also learn that they may have actually learned that they have family members that they have never met before.
Addiction to Facebook Walker (2011) state that social networking sites such as Facebook has given people the facility to contact with other people within a few button. Hence, it makes people communicate with family members or friends around the global easily. People also can share their info on the profile (Jones & Soltren, 2005). Nowadays, people have been attracted by the Facebook and it becomes part of their life (Boyd & Ellison, 2007). Therefore, logging on the Facebook has become a way to fill in time and communicate with friends (Ronca, 2009).
Applications and full keyboards for smart phones help the users take more of an interest in the phone that they purchased. In the article entitled What’s the matter with kids today?, written by Amy Goldwasser, it reads that“…33 million Americans…are fluent in texting, e-mailing, blogging, IM’ing and constantly amending their profiles on social network sites” (1). The text shows that a large portion of the American population is turning to smart phones to carry out their everyday business and especially social lives. Social media is a big part of the teenager lifestyle. Facebook helps assist different people keep track of his or her friends, associates, and anyone else they are acquainted with who has a profile.
Facebook was launched in 2004 and was originally used to connect US college students. Moreover, Facebook was redesigned in 2005 because it was wanted by many people, not only college students. Many people around the world are using social websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, especially teenagers. Social networking sites can meet all people around the world, and people share their interests, photos and whatever they like. In fact, Facebook now serves more than 500 million people across the world and 73 million of these people are teenagers (“The History of Social Networking”, n.d).
Besides, he mentions that he enjoyed the day, which internet was down one day couple years ago in his office as people left the offices and communicate with one another. I agree with the author when he states that social networking boosts our life in three different ways: information can be obtained instantly, updates from friends and family can be received, and professionals can be connected together. We can obtain information from social networking sites faster than we can imagine. With the aid of “share” button from social networking sites such as Facebook and “retweet” button from Twitter, information can be spread easily with just a few clicks. In the article “How Fast the News Spreads Through Social Media” Sheldon Levine shows an example that social networking spreads news fast.