Can you still remember life before the social network took over? By this time, new social media apps are just being conceptualized– some of it is not even being thought upon.
Everyone is busy checking the newest TV shows, going to comic and book shops for some reads. Some are busy crafting their profiles for classified ads for love seekers/text mates/penpals.
If you would think about it, our life and culture are different the moment the internet and social media came into the picture. Here are the specific changes social media made to our culture:
Before, television ends the discussion when the show ends. We don’t have a channel for all of us to discuss our thoughts about politics, entertainment, pop culture, and such. We can only talk about it with our family, friends, and colleagues.
When social media happened, a big shift happened. Suddenly, all of us have a public channel to say our opinion on every little thing that gets viral. Whether it’s a showbiz story or a major announcement from the Government, everyone has something to say.
Just look at any popular post on popular or new social media apps. Some are sharing valid thoughts, some are trolling around, while others are busy having a social debate with others.
Back in the pre-social media days, reaching out to a foreigner is a rare occurrence. You can’t talk to someone from another country unless you’ve got a hefty amount of money for long-distance calls. Now on the new social media app age, you can chat with someone through messenger apps.
You can also reach out to your favorite celebrities through social network channels. Unlike before, where you physically have to follow your idol around or wait for entertainment news just to get updated.
As time went by, social media (internet in general) is taking over the traditional media. I mean why would you wait for commercials just to hear a news story about your favorite celebrity? You can just open your smartphone, search his/her Instagram, and you’re done.
This is because celebrities changed their ways too. Before, they make major announcements through entertainment shows, but nowadays they do it on photo sharing apps or social media apps.
Aside from interacting with people, social network apps became an avenue for people to shop for. Facebook has a Facebook marketplace, Instagram has ads now on its explore page and new apps like EyesUP that have online seller accounts.
Thanks to group chat, it’s easy now to collaborate with your workmates. Either it’s a School or Business project, there’s no excuse now not to get involved.
Before the new social media app era, getting popular can only happen if you’re an actual celebrity or someone who just showed up on TV, thus getting 15 minutes of fame.
Now, getting quick popularity is possible since you can be viral in just a few hours. Unfortunately, that popularity will fade in just a few hours too.
Social media is still evolving with every feature. New social networking apps like EyesUP are working on reinventing social media.
Now, what can we do about it? All we need to do right now is wait and go with the changes, and be self-aware on how to use social media responsibly.