The Impact Of Social Media On Society Essay

1628 Words Aug 14th, 2015 7 Pages
Almost everyone agrees that social media have had far reaching effects on society. Most notably, these networks changed the medium for communication and have created more connections between people. However, not many people consider how social media affect their personalities and identities. Thousands of people spend hours recording their lives on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. Personal details about people’s lives are now considered public property and published online. Making feedback on every aspect of life widely available, social media have changed how people see themselves. In a society where individuals are subjected to constant publicization through social media, the public is experiencing a mass transformation of identity due to an inability to separate online life from reality.
As social media continues to degrade the privacy of users and non-users alike, many people attempt to maintain an unhealthy level of control over their online and offline lives. In his article, “I’m So Totally Digitally Close to You,” Clive Thompson details the impact that the development of the newsfeed, which publicizes statuses and photos on a central page, had on Facebook, noting that “For students, it was now like being at a giant, open party filled with everyone you know, able to eavesdrop on what everyone else was saying, all the time” (388-389) Much of social media continues to follow this format. Not only is information about users easily accessible, it is instantly…

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