How has social media changed our lives? How has social media changed the way we interact and perceive life? I didn’t receive a cellphone until I was 12 and my phone was NOT a smartphone. I never thought having a phone was a huge deal, but that changed once I received my first smartphone in 9th grade. I was about 14 and this introduced me to the life of social media, I signed up for Instagram and Twitter. Through being on social media since the age of 14 I have noticed a huge change in how social media is used before it was really an app to use to share silly things about your day to your family and friends. It didn’t matter who or how many people were following you, it didn’t matter how many likes you got on your photos. But this slowly changed and even I noticed the change in myself, my friends and I would compare the number of likes we were getting on our photos and compare to other girls. We would easily compare looks, lives, and make judgments on others just based on their photos or status that were posted. I saw how these apps made me feel insecure about myself and my friends felt the same way. As a young girl, I noticed these changes and took some time away from these apps that made me feel worse and tried to focus on my life. After a year of not posting anything on social media, I returned and that is when I stopped caring about the likes and followers, they don’t mean anything to me. I just wanted to share with others the latest concert I went to, an art museum I visited, and my friends. The time away from social media I left my insecure thoughts and feelings, it helped me grow and become more comfortable with myself. I especially think that social media can affect young boys and girls, they have more access to these apps and lately, most kids have an account before they enter middle school. At such a young age these kids are more influenced by the media and not everything is great about social media. I’m not saying I don’t use social media apps, I use them every day but it has gotten to the point where people rely on it, and now more than ever everything is based off how many likes and followers you have. On several of these platforms, we can find many people who are toxic and bring negativity into our lives. But we can also make online friends and meet new people all across the world, it has connected everyone in several ways. Social media has definitely evolved throughout the years before we would use it as a silly app and now people have jobs as influencers. Where do you think social media will go now?
January 25, 2019