How Has Social Media Impacted My Life Essay

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Social media has impacted my life in numerous ways. I can and do use a variety of social media apps that are easily accessible on my mobile smart phone, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, and WhatsApp. These applications allow me to do many activities in my daily life that would be much harder or impossible to accomplish without them. Specifically, social media has impacted my social life and my life as a college student.
It has impacted my social life by showing me the daily lives of my friends, family members, and favorite celebrities. In reverse, it keeps my friends and family members updated about my own life. It also helps me stay in contact with others in creative and inexpensive ways.
I go on Instagram and Facebook
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To message my siblings and friends, I can send a selfie of myself, a funny picture of my other friends, or a picture of my surroundings. In this case, a picture really is worth a thousand words, since you can express yourself to friends with pictures rather than just text. However, with the maximum 10-second lifespan of a message, Snapchat is not ideal in messaging parents or for sending important pieces of information. I predominantly use WhatsApp to communicate with my friends in Germany and Italy who I met when they were exchange students at my high school. Since the messaging is internet-based, rather than cellular network-based, it is free to contact them. To make it even better, there are no out-of-country fees in messaging them. Without WhatsApp, it would be much harder and more expensive to stay in touch with my friends around the world who do not live in the United States. Nathan McAlone and Alex Heath of Business Insider say that these two apps are the most popular ways to communicate with 18 to 24 year-olds and people around the world, with over 100 million users and 900 million users, …show more content…
Applications such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, WhatsApp, and Snapchat have benefited me in one way or another. In my social life, Facebook and Instagram allow me to see moments from the lives of celebrities, friends, and family members, and also let them see moments from my daily life. Snapchat and WhatsApp allow me to communicate with friends through pictures and overseas, without international fees or cellular towers. In my college life, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter keep me informed on upcoming sporting events, prize giveaways, musical performances, magic shows, campus parties, craft makings, and much more around Ball State’s campus. LinkedIn allows me to gain business connections and showcase my college resume to potential employers for jobs and internships. Even though all of these applications benefit me in one way or another, they also make me think twice before posting a picture, video, or comment. What can be viewed as positive to my friends, can be viewed as negative to company bosses and managers in hiring applicants or firing employees. Overall, social media has greatly enhanced my social life with friends and family and academic life with college and

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