3 Ways Social Media Has Drastically Changed Communication
According to the latest social media statistics, there are approximately 2.34 billion people in the world that use social media. By the year 2020, that number is expected to increase to a shocking 2.95 billion people. As you may already be aware, the worlds population is roughly 7.6 billion; this means that 30% of human-beings are on a platform of some sort. Kind of scary when you think about it, right?
Before technology existed, we were very limited in our means to interact with others. And the people that we did interact with, were those that we already knew in-person. Forms of communication that people my age (and older) had "back in the day" included landline telephone calls, letters in the mail, hand-written love notes, developed photos, beepers, morse codes, and so forth.
If you were to walk up to any millennial and ask them what a pager or telegraph is, chances are it would be foreign language to them. They would have absolutely no idea what you are referring to. Why is this? Simply because technology has evolved drastically over the years, and has taken over nearly everything.
While there are several different factors—I am here to share with you three of biggest changes in the way that we interact with one another, due to social media networks.
Because of the thousands of social media user's—we have the ability to "connect" with people all over the world. That is why you see people that have thousands of Facebook "friend's" or are "followed" by tens of thousands of Instagram users. The internet gives us a sense of urgency to communicate with other's. After all, sending a text, DM, email, or snap, takes a matter of seconds. The amount of time that it takes to send out an instant message and receive a response back, is extremely convenient so it is the preferred form of communication today.
2. No filter
Before social media became popular, you spoke to people face-to-face. Nowadays, we can express our thoughts, opinions, ideas, on the interweb. Social media has been used as an outlet for people to share their personal stories to the world. While some stories are inspirational, all social media platforms are uncensored, which allows people to have a freedom of speech. This can be extremely alarming, especially for the younger generation. The way that we express ourselves through text, can also give people the wrong idea at times. Some things may be percieved differently in the eyes of other's, which could potentially result in conflict.
3. Social skills
Although technology has it's advantages, unfortunately most people would rather check their phone every two minutes, than to engage in meaningful conversations. Some people nowadays are completely incapable of holding a normal conversation and interacting because of the dependency of social media. Any time that I am out in public, I notice couples that are out on dates that are using their cell phones. I notice parent's on their phones not paying attention to their children. I notice groups of friends snapchatting one another or scrolling through instagram feeds. The trouble with technology, is that it has brainwashed people into thinking that it brings people together when in all reality, it separates us.
There is no right or wrong way to communicate or adapt social language into our everyday lives. However, we are all becoming brainwashed in this "new world" of communication all due to technology—and if we haven’t done so already, we will almost be forced to learn this new form of interaction.
Let me ask you – how do you think social media is affecting communication?
© 2018 Ashley Marie Riley