Whilst contemplating how to start this blog post, I unthinkingly found myself scrolling through various social media apps and I am sure I am not the only one who finds this. I tried to think back to a time when this distraction wasn’t there but it seemed social media and procrastination had gone hand-in-hand for a while in my life. Recently, I have thought social media has a more negative than positive impact on my life – not least because of its ability to distract me. However, it’s undeniable that both the internet and social media’s omnipresence and importance in today’s society is a phenomenon. I wondered where the concept of social media started and where it could go in the future.
From the first social media site ‘sixdegrees.com’ where users were able to invite contacts and share posts; to Bulletin Board Systems; to online blog posts to the Twitter app on your smart phone, social media has advanced and seemingly taken over the internet, particularly for our generation. It is estimated that by 2017, 2.55 billion people around the world will be using social media. That’s over 1/3 of the world who are connected to the rest of the world. Debates about whether this makes the world bigger or smaller always interest me. Millions of people around the world don’t realise that, by using Facebook, they are actually on the internet. It is interesting that some social media sites are a success and withstand the test of time, however others like ‘MySpace’ seem to disappear. How can social media sites keep up with changes? And is the future of social media one with more positive or negative impacts on society?
(For a short summary of the history of social media sites, watch the video above)