Of the varieties of social media that are so prevalent in our society, I have found myself pretty removed from all of its forms. I do admit however, that when social media websites like Facebook/Twitter/etc. were first created; I was a member of most of them. When I realized so much of my time and energy was spent cultivating my personal settings, taking photographs just to post them online or message friends rather than speaking face-to-face, I realized that I was becoming dependent on social media! I prefer a much more traditional style of communication and quickly removed myself from the majority of these social networks. Although I am not the biggest fan of social media, there are several advantages as well. Keeping in contact with friends and family is one that comes to mind. Using websites such as Facebook not only promotes talking to one another but also allows one to stay up to date with other people’s lives (via photos, text, and videos).
I believe that social media has (and will continue to have) a prevalent role in education. Social media targets children at a young age and I believe it can influence how students may think or act in regards to education. I foresee social media becoming useful even in the classroom as a convenient way of communication. I am interested to see how these social phenomena will impact our future generations.
Similar to education, culture has also been affected by social media. For example, we are now able to network with people across the globe! There is endless ways to reach mass amounts of people apart from the television. With a very high percentage of people belonging to at least one social media site, messages or news can be spread at a viral rate.