Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Linkedln, etc. What those social networks have in common? In my opinion, they are a virtual way to be connected with people after the invention of the Internet. No matter the reason: to spy a friend or colleague, to find old friends, to be more social, to gain time communicating, to waist time, to be informed.
First of all, in my opinion, social media is changing the world specially when we think about how people are connecting each other. Like everything in life, it has a good and bad side.
The good side of social media, in my opinion, is because communication and the access to communicate are more accessible. More people have access to the information. Second point will be that freedom of speech. Anyone from everywhere can post any type of information online. Another point is how the news can get to any target faster than ever. One good example was the situation in Egypt recently.
I’m saying here, that the fact of everyone can post on the Internet is a good side of social media because we have much more information available, but also can be a bad side of social media, since we can’t trust about everything we read online. Well, we shouldn’t trust about everything we read anyway.
Another bad side of social media, is the fact of people are building more superficial relationships, since people spend more time connecting each other online instead of meeting people in a real life. In addiction I would also say that another bad side is the overcoming information anxiety, when people are bombarded by more data than they can absorb. Also, the facts of we have more information, make us to have more choices and that can simply produce more anxiety.
As a conclusion, I would like to say that social media is still changing and so many things will change because of that. New jobs will be created, some job will disappear, new tools will be created and people need to learn how to use them and be prepared.