As our lives change slowly from the way things were decades ago, it becomes harder to remember the way things used to be. Like, how did we find someone picking us up at the airport without a cell phone? How did we possibly stand the frustration of not remembering a word or fact without having the simplicity of google search at our fingertips? And most importantly, how did people possibly keep in touch without social media?
Social media, in particular, has totally changed our lives as we know it and started a conversation on a global level. Platforms like Facebook and Twitter have introduced the concept of instant communication.
Here are some of the ways that social media has transformed our day to day lives.
It used to be only on the television and beauty magazines that you were confronted with seemingly perfect-looking people. However, now, there is more access to programs like photoshop and image filters that can give the illusion of perfection.
As a result, more people are going to great lengths and getting plastic surgery to achieve the same beauty they see on their screens. Social media has the power to influence fashion trends and the definition of beauty almost every night. It’s a numbers game. If enough people like it and view it, it becomes the social standard for how people should look and dress.
Nowadays, whenever someone finds out about a global news story, it’s usually because they saw it on their Facebook homepage on someone’s feed. Less and less people are navigating towards actual news sources when they get news directly to their feed at the time of logging in.
Unfortunately, many of these news sources aren’t credible and lead to false information being fed to the public. As a result, there are often people misinformed all over the world on various subjects.
Oversharing Personal Information
Because social media is all about sharing, more and more people free up their personal information than they would have even a decade ago. The truth is that with the advancements of technology, it’s possible to find out where people live and work with a few clicks of a mouse.
As a result, some people have put themselves in danger to online predators. By educating yourself on how to protect your online privacy, you can protect yourself from people getting your information.
Once upon a time, if you wanted to call someone in another city or state, you had to pay the price. Long-distance fees were a booming business. Now, people can not only call for free, but they can video chat any country in the world completely free of cost.