We live in a world now where it is the norm to share. Share where we are, what we are doing or eating and who we are with multiple times per day, every day. The four main social networking platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube allow us to ‘post’ this personal update and upload images to enhance this information, or combine both and create a ‘vlog’ which is a video blog. The continual evolution of technology has meant that we are able to stay connected to the internet and social networking sites at all times by using portable devices such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops. It is estimated that we spend an average of 1 hour and 20 minutes managing at least four social networks per day.
In Writing On The Wall, Social Media – The First 2,000 Years, Tom Standage states that:
“Humans are inherently social animals. Primate brains appear to have evolved specifically to process social information, to enable primates to function more effectively in groups.”
Social networking has always been here in various forms. From signs and symbols to talking, to our current digital age where the majority of our interactions take place on social networks like Facebook. We are able to create and present the best version of ourselves.
Noor Al-Deen, H. and Hendricks, J. (2012). Social Media Usage and Impact. Plymouth: Lexington Books, p.5-7.
Standage, T (2013). Writing On The Wall, Social Media – The First 2,000 Years. Great Britain: Bloomsbury Publishing. p7-8.
TED, (2016). Sherry Turtle: Connected, but alone?. [image] Available at: https://www.ted.com/talks/sherry_turkle_alone_together?language=en [Accessed 8 Jan. 2016].