The Impact Of Social Media On Young People Essay

2324 Words May 11th, 2016 10 Pages
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Social Networking Sites (SNSs) have become a huge phenomenon of the 21st century which is especially popular among young people (Vural, 2015; Celik, Yurt, & Sahin, 2015). Jim Ellis and Tom Truscott are grandparents of modern social media with their Usenet founded in 1979 (Kaplan & Haenlein, 2012, as cited in Vural, 2015). The original purpose of Usenet is to “allow users to send and take messages across the Internet” (İşlek, 2012, as cited in Vural, 2015, p. 1148). In 2007, Boyd and Ellison defined Social Networking Sites (SNSs) as web-based services that allow users to create profiles, share their connections, and search for other users using the system (as cited in Vural, 2015).
During the last decade, SNSs have evolved into platforms with practically an unlimited number of uses including socialization, sharing, collaboration, networking, and education. Although all of these uses interrelate in many ways, I will focus mainly on the most recent and global use of SNSs, which can be stated as “educational purposes” (Celik et al., 2015, p.899). However, there are not much research on that particular topic of the use of the most prominent SNSs, such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn, or Vkontakte, in education in general, I find it highly necessary to bring up this issue in the context of higher education due to the fact that in recent times universities worldwide have been teaching a generation of “digital natives, who use…

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