How Social Media Has Altered The Communication And Socialization Of Humans Around The World

1091 Words Mar 11th, 2015 5 Pages
Rewind back 20 years, before the idea of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the internet itself were even possible. The notion that individuals might spend more than half of their day on a website such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram was unthinkable. These social media outlets, in company with hundreds more, were just a spark in the digital world that set the social world on fire. Social media is a marvel that has altered the communication and socialization of humans around the world. It is arduous to study social media without encountering the phrase social networking. Therefore, both concepts are explored in this paper. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines social media as “forms of electronic communication (as Web sites for social networking and blogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (as videos)” (“Social media”). The same source defines networking as “the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions; specifically: the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business” (“Networking”). Common social media sites that are being used daily include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, Snapchat and many more. There are many diverse ideas about the first occurrence of social media in our culture. As humans, it is our second nature to connect with individuals we interact with. Therefore, it is hard to determine exact when the first…

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