Since this blog has been all my opinion, I thought it would be interesting to get an opinion from someone else. For this post, I wanted to see how a college student thought about social media. If they believed that social media has changed the way we interact with one another and how they think it will impact our future. Without further adieu, meet Zoe Austin.
Zoe is going into her third year at New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida and she believes that social media has drastically changed social interactions. One of her points was that social media has created this concept of ‘awkwardness’ that has taken over what should be normal social situations.
“It’s crazy how so many people feel ‘awkward’ in different social scenarios,” Austin said. “You are constantly hearing how people think something is awkward, but you don’t see them feeling uncomfortable when they’re texting, Facebooking or Tweeting.”
Not only did she think that awkwardness has developed from the evolution of social media, but she thinks that a lot of people live out their “dream lives” through it.
“You can portray your life as cool as you want it to be,” Austin said. “You could post pictures of you with a bunch of people and look like you have a bunch of friends, but they could all be people you don’t even know.”
However, she doesn’t think that the impact of social media is all bad. In fact, she thinks that it has done a lot of good for our society.
“Oh no, social media is definitely a good thing,” Austin said. “It has completely changed how you can reach people like distant family members or how you keep up with old friends. Not only that, but businesses are starting to get on the social scene and that’s pretty cool to me.”
On the topic of businesses, Austin thinks that social media has drastically changed the way that people on the internet or social media are marketed to. Austin said that it’s like every ad that pops up on your Facebook is tailored to you and they are ads that you would actually be interested in.
“I think it’s funny that I find myself clicking on the ads that show up on my Facebook page,” Austin said. “I usually avoid them, but the way Facebook does it I don’t even think twice before I click on it. Which is a far cry from the ads that used to come up on MySpace. Shout out to Tom.”
As far as the future of social media, Austin thinks that this is only the beginning. Now there’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and so many more sites popping up daily that one can’t even keep up.
“The social media that are around now are definitely just the beginning,” Austin said. “In ten years I think that it will get even worse. Even more of our interactions will be via the internet. Not only socially, but I think that businesses’ presence on social media will increase drastically.”