I had a dream last night. It was just the computer and me. I had an internet connection and logged in my facebook account. Then suddenly, people I don’t know posted a couple of comments in my wall and all of them either gives me a compliment or greets me. With the complexity of interpersonal dynamics in mind, all I can say is, “This is way too easy.”
Social media is definitely one the most significant milestones of the 21st century. It managed to make the world a lot smaller than anyone could have imagined in the last decade by connecting people all over the earth via the internet. Its biggest impact by far, is the communicative power it provides people. A person can speak to another person thousands of miles away in real time. People from all over the world can form groups and freely discuss among themselves.And these are just two of the very long list you can do with social media.
What exactly has social media brought upon us that literally reinvented the dynamics of human interpersonal communication?
Attachment to online social life
People of today take their social network life seriously. Even if someone throws you a random flame that is obviously just a pathetic attempt to make you cry, you can’t help but feel disturbed by this act.
I’ve yet to make a final conclusion about this perceived amplified effect of social network messages to people but so far, people do appreciate a comment or two on their facebook wall just as much as a friendly hello, maybe even more.
This may stem from the fact that more and more people are going online and social networking is turning into a way of life. As time passes by, people may be more attached to their online lives more than they are at the present and soon, new social media will not only be embedded in our lifestyle but integrated to it. Even right now, people are already making a living in social networking sites. Just imagine what could happen in a few years.
The little things are the new big thing
I don’t know if evolution had a hand in this but human attention span seem to be decreasing as each generation takes the stage. People are becoming more impatient and are in dire need of fast and credible information.
The last thing you’ll want to see in your facebook is a wall of text that would take you ten minutes to read. That’s why comments and statuses that are not longer than three lines are very common in social networking sites.
Some people fear that this phenomenon makes the internet guilty of breeding stupidity in the incoming generations. I don’t think so. Less words does not necessarily mean less intelligence. In fact, being able to efficiently say what you want to say is a skill most people in this day and age revere as a sign of intelligence.
Of course lines like, “LOL, I had pancakes for breakfast too >.<” will always be prevalent SNNs. What people fail to understand is that New Social Media is a venue of communication, not publication. It does not have to be academic to serve its purpose. It connects people, and the rest is up to the users themselves whether they want to make it productive or otherwise. Function-wise, I think that the internet have served us well.
People are now more social than ever
Imagine taking a two-hour drive just to meet a couple of friends and chat. Don’t forget that you have to go back home sometime today. With the sun hot as ever and transportation costs rising. Sucks right?
New Social Media enables you to chat with other people,even when they are miles away. This gives you more time to communicate, less hassle, and more flexibility in handling your social life. Being social has never looked easier, thus more people are engaging in this rapidly rising trend of going for online conversations over face to face communication.
Using New Social Media, you can meet a lot more people from all over the world, express your ideas, have fun, share experiences, build friendships, and even establish a long-term relationship with that special somebody.
What makes New Social Media so popular is that it does not only facilitate the transfer of information from one place to another like Old Media does, it facilitates communication between people and gets its strength from people’s natural need to belong.
New Social Media is rapidly being integrated with our lifestyle and most people see it as one of the biggest technological advancement of the 21st century. But like most big things, it comes with its own risks and dangers. Issues of privacy violation, identity thefts, and other security issues have flooded the internet for years now. In the end, wise use of this technology is of utmost importance when using NSM.