Week 3 Reflection: What Does Social Media Mean to the User?

So as the lectures went on this week about what Social Media truly means, and how it’s different facets are dissected, I couldn’t help but wonder if younger generations see the topic as black and white as we do. It started to get me thinking that perhaps it is easier for us as the ones who grew up during the evolution of social media progressed, to understand the influence it had on us. I feel as though it is easier to be self-aware of the personal impact of social media when you once had a time when it’s presence, and all it’s abilities, were not around. Then every time a new medium came a long (Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat) we were able to critically analyze how it has changed our perspective of the social media world, and the impact it’s new ability has had on us.

Now, that being said, imagine you were born in the last 10 years. Every single thing that we find new and exciting about social media has either not been engrained in your mind yet, or you are like a ton of other American 10 year olds and you already know how to use it. Do these kids have the same amazement and appreciation for the technological and social advances that we do? I personally doubt it, but who’s to say?

This idea also leads to another train of thought: If these younger generations are growing up with iPhones, virtual reality games, etc. Are their levels of excitement being burned out? If you grow up with something like modern technology from a young age, then I feel you would be less likely to find it intriguing as an adult. We as adults find the fact that you can Skype your friend across the world astounding, still. But why would they? This has always existed to them. What would have to come next for this next generation to be wow’d by social technology? Food for thought.

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