1. Why do I use social media?
Social media is a relatively recent
phenomenon. This being said, no one could have predicted how quickly it
would be picked up by the masses, and how popular it would really
become. The beauty of social media is in its versatility. For example, I
use my Facebook account to connect with people both continents away,
and my classmates, to keep up with the latest news (ranging from my favorite band’s newest album, to international politics, and everything
in between), to read a few jokes, and just keep up with what all my
friends are doing. It has become more than a simple networking tool,
encompassing everything from my personal life and my interests, to my
professional and academic career.
2. When did I start using social media, and why?
I first began using social media in 2004. Back then, MySpace was the
most popular networking site, and after my friends talked me into it, I
reluctantly created an account. At first, I didn’t think much of it, but
I soon began to see its benefits: I could follow along with my friends,
and know what’s happening in their lives, swap photos, music, and even
connect with people I hadn’t seen in a long time. Soon enough, as
Facebook became more popular, I created an account there, as well – I’ve
been hooked ever since.
3. How would I replace it if were to be taken away?
Seeing as social media is so versatile, and performs so many functions,
it would be hard to replace. That isn’t to say that it has something
that can’t be found anywhere else, rather it manages to bring all those
other things together in one convenient package. It almost seems strange
to revert back to calling classmates to get together to work on a group
project, when you can simply send all your group-mates a shared
message. If social media were to disappear, however, my phone would once
again become my main tool for connecting with people. To keep up with
the latest news I would have to follow along with the mainstream
newscasts on TV. The downside to this is that while on Facebook, for
instance, I could filter what type of news most interests me, going back
to conventional media outlets would mean that I would once again be
inundated with a lot of superfluous information. In short, it would not
be a terrible tragedy if we were to lose social media, it would most
certainly be a step back, and would definitely be an inconvenience.