Social Media And Its Effects On Society

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Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, texting on mobile phones, and internet computer use, you have heard of them all. These are all included in what I define as social media. Social media is defined by Merriam-Webster as "forms of electronic communication through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content.” (Merriam-Webster) Social media has become very popular around the world to people of all ages, race, and status. These sites and devices are used everyday by millions, maybe even billions of people, and the numbers continue to grow at an amazing rate. In my opinion, many people, especially the younger generation, have become addicted to these sites; and they are
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Written in the book Mind Change, "Compared with other social networks, Facebook users are the most engaged: 52 percent visit Facebook daily, with other popular sites such as Twitter (33 percent), Myspace (7 percent) and LinkedIn (6 percent) trailing behind." (Greenfield, 97) Basically what this is saying, is that the younger generations are very comfortable with social media, because they have grown up with this since birth and it 's what they know! Older folks, like my parents and older generations are not as comfortable with this technology age. They have seen many advances, but have found themselves avoiding its use because it can be overwhelming! However, anyone of any age can become addicted to using social media, take for example texting and driving. It is a big social concern as many people are driving distracted while texting and lives are being destroyed in a matter of minutes because of this so called texting addiction. In fact, there are many influences both negative and positive affecting our communities when it comes to social media.
Now, some people may argue, that social media is a positive influence because it has allowed people in our society to talk to friends, family, and the public; even when they aren
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