What Has Social Media Become
August 30, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

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There was a time when social media was just a simple Bebo, YouTube or MySpace account and you were only on one of them because it would cost way too much with the dial-up connection to go checking three different sites at once. Plus it would just take way too long.

Now, however, social media is a way of life for so many people, whether it’s a means of living or not. If you’re a high flying blogger or photographer who gets paid by the post then well done to you, it’s the dream. Minimal work, probably free travel and all kinds of freebies you’re getting to advertise to your huge follower count. But let’s put them aside for now and focus on your average Joe who posts a picture of his night out that weekend or his new football boots to his 100 followers.

The smartphone has become an extension of the hand since big tech companies have managed to condense your computer, calendar, calculator, phone and of course social media accounts, which is basically your whole life in one pocket-sized device. And it’s understandable because of the level of convenience it brings to things that would have been more complicated ‘back in the day’.

Social Media is a massive part of this because of the entertainment element that it brings, the latest craze being Snapchat filters. People all over the globe, including myself I have to admit, are being entertained for hours on end by something as simple as a photo of themselves being edited to include Sia’s hair, dog ears or a wanted poster.

How big and important is social media? It’s big enough to own all of the photos that you post on its site and important enough in your life that you don’t care about that in the slightest. It’s gone from a form of socialising and communicating to being the main form of communicating and socialising. Society has come a long way from knocking on someone’s front door to as a way of catching up. Nowadays, with the aid of whatever social network you choose, that person will know your every move until the second you reach their gate.

Social Media is helpful but like everything it has its dark side. Racial abuse is very common towards well-known figures, particularly on Twitter. The comments section on a Facebook post can also be a dangerous place to go for a bit of light reading. It can read like a dictionary of expletives depending on who administrates the page. It’s a flaw that has crept into every element of life at some stage, that’s just the way of the world.

But the good does outweigh the bad, and aside from giving people the ease of communication and access to their peers, it does give a minority of users a means of life. There are some people out there earning six figures per post simply by uploading a picture on Instagram and saying that they use a product or they eat at a certain restaurant. Some of them are lying through their teeth of course but they’re lying from the comfort of a mansion in a sunny location while we’re sitting in our modest houses. For them, social media has gone past a communication hub and simply become a business. And a very fruitful one at that.

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What Has Social Media Become
August 30, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

social media

There was a time when social media was just a simple Bebo, YouTube or MySpace account and you were only on one of them because it would cost way too much with the dial-up connection to go checking three different sites at once. Plus it would just take way too long.

Now, however, social media is a way of life for so many people, whether it’s a means of living or not. If you’re a high flying blogger or photographer who gets paid by the post then well done to you, it’s the dream. Minimal work, probably free travel and all kinds of freebies you’re getting to advertise to your huge follower count. But let’s put them aside for now and focus on your average Joe who posts a picture of his night out that weekend or his new football boots to his 100 followers.

The smartphone has become an extension of the hand since big tech companies have managed to condense your computer, calendar, calculator, phone and of course social media accounts, which is basically your whole life in one pocket-sized device. And it’s understandable because of the level of convenience it brings to things that would have been more complicated ‘back in the day’.

Social Media is a massive part of this because of the entertainment element that it brings, the latest craze being Snapchat filters. People all over the globe, including myself I have to admit, are being entertained for hours on end by something as simple as a photo of themselves being edited to include Sia’s hair, dog ears or a wanted poster.

How big and important is social media? It’s big enough to own all of the photos that you post on its site and important enough in your life that you don’t care about that in the slightest. It’s gone from a form of socialising and communicating to being the main form of communicating and socialising. Society has come a long way from knocking on someone’s front door to as a way of catching up. Nowadays, with the aid of whatever social network you choose, that person will know your every move until the second you reach their gate.

Social Media is helpful but like everything it has its dark side. Racial abuse is very common towards well-known figures, particularly on Twitter. The comments section on a Facebook post can also be a dangerous place to go for a bit of light reading. It can read like a dictionary of expletives depending on who administrates the page. It’s a flaw that has crept into every element of life at some stage, that’s just the way of the world.

But the good does outweigh the bad, and aside from giving people the ease of communication and access to their peers, it does give a minority of users a means of life. There are some people out there earning six figures per post simply by uploading a picture on Instagram and saying that they use a product or they eat at a certain restaurant. Some of them are lying through their teeth of course but they’re lying from the comfort of a mansion in a sunny location while we’re sitting in our modest houses. For them, social media has gone past a communication hub and simply become a business. And a very fruitful one at that.

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