I’m a month and a half shy of my 24th birthday and I’m struggling to remember how things were before social media. From the time I was in middle school there was some form of social media. There was Xanga (I found my old one before, wow…) and MySpace. However, social media didn’t consume our lives like it does now. Instead of being so consumed by the internet and social media, I used to dance (a lot) or go outside and ride around on our property (I’m from the country). I watched television or movies. Honestly, I wasn’t allowed to just sit on my computer and I didn’t even get my own computer until I was in high school and wasn’t able to even have it in my room until I was almost out of high school.
Sadly, I depend on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter when I’m bored. If I’m waiting in a long line or something, I check social media—especially Twitter. There are pros and cons to social media and the constant use, of course, but I’ve connected with a lot of cool people (like sorority sisters from across the country) and some of them have helped me in my job search. I’ve tried to stay off social media for a day and I couldn’t do it. I had to check Twitter at least. I can’t imagine not having Twitter and Facebook even though some days I hate them.
The emergence of social media has helped me learn more about the world by following people from other parts of the country. I’ve learned how to be more responsible and to watch what I say. While some days I do feel extremely consumed by social media, I feel that social media has quite possibly “changed” my life for the better. Social media can be a great tool to connect with businesses regularly or to search for jobs. I follow multiple job sites on Twitter and they tweet out awesome jobs regularly and I just favorite them when I see them and apply later. As long as people don’t abuse the real use of social media, we’re fine.
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