Social Media 's Effect On Society

1443 WordsJul 9, 20156 Pages
People live in a world today where most communication takes place through a technological mediator. One of the most common forms of these mediators is social media. According to an article by Patricia Reaney, 62% of the population of 26 countries, including; the United States of America, Russia, Japan, Indonesia, and South Africa use social media. That means that more than half of everyone in some of the biggest countries in the world uses social media. The United States alone has over 300 million people, 62% of that being 186 million people. Anything that is part of the livelihood of that many people should be looked farther into for any hidden dangers or benefits. How does this much impersonal conversation affect what people’s real world interactions are? How does it change their mental thought processes? From message boards and private Skype calls to public posts and forums, how do all of these affect everyone? There is no inherent good or bad to social media’s affect on everyone, it is purely situational and what people themselves make it to be. What exactly is social media? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines social media as: Forms of electronic communication (as Web sites for social networking and micro blogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (as videos). Social media is a very large family of applications and websites that all accomplish this same goal. It harbors
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