Social Media Impact On Modern Society
322). It is the way we use modern media in which each media or technological platform combines to benefit one another. Once upon a time, phones were used for phone calls, television was the only place you could watch shows, and social media meant going out and talking to other people; today, smartphones do just about anything the user needs it to do, someone can watch a television show online thanks to websites like Netflix or Hulu, and human interaction relies heavily on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms. It was believed in 1978 that new technology would merge with traditional ways of interacting to create a new form of communication (Negroponte); that is exactly what happened and will continue to happen as time progresses and new technological advancements are made. Convergence is the new and old, traditional and modern coming together to create a new way of communicating. In other words, “convergence is…an old concept taking on new meanings” (Jenkins, 2006, p.