By: Safaa Alnabelseya
Social media has drastically changed our lives in a terrifyingly short amount of time. Not too long ago, communication was based on sending letters, talking on land-line telephones, and meeting in person. With new technology, people now communicate with one another by text messages, voice mail messages, using cell phones, sending emails, talking on headsets, using instant messenger, and interacting through the internet. It used to take time and effort to communicate with each other. Writing a letter, buying a stamp, sending it to the right address and receiving the message would sometimes take days. In our generation today, sufficient and accessible tools have been invented on the internet that help us send ideas, beliefs, and opinions about whatever we wish, however we wish to address the message, and to whomever, within a matter of seconds. This immeasurable change has not just redefined our communication amongst one another, but has managed to alter our lives completely. Social media now depends on what we reveal about ourselves, how we stay in touch with those around us, and how we receive the daily, global news. Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Yahoo, Google mail, MySpace and many other online websites are now relied on for daily news, causing traditional advertising like newspapers and magazines to rapidly decline, while digital advertising grows. These online sites also depend on family and friend interaction, and any form of communication, affecting our future entirely, and surly the next generation.
“So what used to fit in your building, now fits in your pocket, what fits in your pocket now, will fit inside a blood cell in 25 years” – Ray Kurzweil
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