YOUNG VOICES: Embrace ever-changing landscape of social media

2013-10-21T00:00:00Z YOUNG VOICES: Embrace ever-changing landscape of social mediaBy Sofia Grimsgard nwitimes.com
October 21, 2013 12:00 am  • 

What would we do without social media? I ask myself this question time and time again; however, as a teen I’m not sure what I would do without it. I do know I would be lost.

Based on the year I was born, I’m considered a Millennial, a Generation Y-er or Echo. We’ve also been referred to as digital natives because of the profound impact social media has had on the way we interact and communicate.

Most of the time Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or whatever site is currently capturing teen attention is probably the first thing that comes to mind when I think of social media sites.

According to howcoolbrandsstayhot.com, Millennial have accounts with at least three social media networks, the top three being Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Interestingly enough, it’s becoming evident social media doesn’t have an impact on just us Gen Y-ers; it’s having an impact on people of all ages and generations all around the world.

For instance, a grandfather from the Silent Generation (born between 1925-45) living in Canada might be learning to use Facebook so that he can view and enjoy photos of his grandchildren being posted by his Baby Boomer daughter.

Social media allows us to give and receive information in a faster and easier way than my grandparents would ever have imagined.

My 88-year-old grandmother was so surprised recently when I pulled up photos on Facebook of one of her great-grandchildren taken the day before. She told me that back in the day, her generation had to actually finish a roll of film before taking in to Ritz Camera in Gary for developing, and then it took up to a week to get the photos back. Makes me wonder if my generation would have the patience to wait one full week for photos.

A few other questions come to mind. Would I be able to make as a big of an impact on the world without social media? Would my voice be heard as easily without it? I’d have to say in this day and age, my answer would be “no.”

To move forward within society, we must embrace the current technologies that could help us in our future. And even though I sometimes wish I could have grown up in an age without the distractions of social media and where I would engage with my peers face-to-face, or wait a week for my camera film to be developed, I’ve come to an important conclusion.

To be competitive and successful in my future endeavors, I must embrace current and future social media networks and vehicles of communication.

Sofia Grimsgard, of Valparaiso, is a junior at Valparaiso High School. The opinions are the writer's.

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