Unit 3: The Influence of Social Media

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Do you use social media?

When asking this question, the response is almost guaranteed to be “yes”. There are so many forms of social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, just to name a few. There are also such a variety of reasons for usage. Perhaps you want to keep in touch with old friends. Your love of photography inspired you to share your work. Maybe you just want to use a platform that allows you to express your thoughts. Because of these many options, vast amounts of people utilize social media daily.

Author W. James Potter writes that “ The fastest growing area of media exposure is with social media, which are increasing at a rate of 37% a year on computers and 63% a year on mobile devices (Neilsenwire, 2012)”. This finding should not be too surprising to anyone. I cannot leave my house without my phone in hand. In fact, as sad as this may be, I feel like piece of me is missing when I do not have my phone with me. I am sure many can relate. Due to this convenience, social media is constantly at our fingertips. In just a few seconds, you can open your life up to an interconnected world through these forms of media.

As daunting as this may sound, social media has provided our society with endless opportunities. I share pictures on Instagram with my friends. I see updates from my extended family on Facebook: their travels, work life, etc. I am able to stay connected to those who are not geographically near. In today’s world, this is something to be valued. Social media has also allowed for a sort of conversation. Although this can take a negative path at times, people have the ability to exchange ideas through discussions or debates. We are gifted the chance to see the world from another’s perspective. These are just a few of the ways social media can influence! The following video shows just how powerful social media really is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uppg_2nGo54

Photo: https://www.google.com/search?q=social+media&espv=2&biw=1237&bih=658&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjnpcTs-PrMAhWMWT4KHT1dBGEQ_AUIBygC#imgrc=rmD6m9x2YYfoCM%3A





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