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Chambliss Deontae ITEC 4205 Spring 2017 Research paper 1
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Since the turn of the century, social media has become an extremely impactful part of our society. In various aspects, it’s how people keep up with the latest news, with our friends, and how we pass time in general. For example, mediums like YouTube supply us with pages that provide videos on current world news. Furthermore, social media gives us the connection to people all over the world, making relationships with other people from distant places a reality. However, in the good it gives us there’s also a downside, people tend to waste a lot of time on their phones using it, thus leading to serious eye problems. Furthermore, generation y, being the first generation born with social media, is the most effected in terms of the capacity to interact socially face to face. Social media provides an overflow of information on a 24/7 basis, therefore when we see that a national/international tragedy happens we show passive discontent, meaning we don’t agree, but few of us are willing to do something about it. Social media is slowly becoming one of the more common sources of news in the changing times. According to journalism.org, 43% of Americans consume news media through social media, radio, and print newspapers, and of that, 38% purely social media. This indicates that times are slowly changing. Two large takeaways from this statistic is that 85% of those that are 65 and older only watch television, indicating that older adults are in a sense stuck in their ways of consuming media via television, which makes sense. Being from an older generation, making the transition to social media is much more difficult for them. The other half otf this is that younger people between the age of 18-29 consume online media at a whopping 50%, which is considerable since social media is still very young versus tv. This can be concluded to people in this age group were raised in the rising age of the internet, but with consuming news from the internet, there are also some unreliable sources that can be mistaken for factual news, which makes it easier to spread conspiracies, propaganda, and lies.
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