We are all constantly connected. Gone are the days of not being able to reach someone. Whether we are on cell phones, computers, iPod’s, or some other device, social media takes over. Facebook is number 19 in “Top Free Apps” from the iTunes store, with Twitter at number 46. This may seem like a disappointment, but to maintain a position in the “Top Apps” for so long, whether it’s the top 10 or top 50, seems like an incredible feat. So, what makes us feel the need to be connected to our friends all the time? What makes us feel compelled to tell people what we are eating for breakfast, watching on TV, or how lousy a commute we had into the city today because it was so cold (there were plenty of those status updates this morning)? Why do we have to talk to our roommates in a public forum when they are sitting right next to us, or our significant other even though we talk to them constantly throughout the day? Why do we love taking pictures and then uploading them the next day, tagging all of our friends, and commenting or “liking” various ones? Social media has evoked in people a new way of communicating with each other, a way that in some ways seems to remove what makes relationships real relationships, a reliance on face-to-face interaction for communication.
Social media and the world it has created fascinates me. Its effect on politics, businesses, and basic interaction alike has been astronomical. It has opened up an entire group of new possibilities for people, if they only wish to learn how to use the sites to their advantage. Because social media is becoming so infused in the business world, if people choose not to learn how to utilize these sites they might as well start looking for something new to do, because this is the future whether some like it or not.