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What effect does social media has on today's world?

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What is the impact of social media on today’s youth?

Today everyone is on social media – young, old, rich and poor. Even the corporate world has jumped into the bandwagon and companies are very active online, posting updates and answering questions.  As the popularity of social media keeps on spreading all over the world, there have been mixed feelings about these social networks and their impact on today’s generation. So, how does social media affect today’s youth?

In order to answer this question, we have to look at both the positive and negative impacts of social media on the youth. First of all, with social media, young people can interact with their peers or other people around the world by just a click of a button. From the objects that I selected and collected from the Smithsonian Learning Lab, there was one article that really caught my attention.  The article describes how technology actually makes us better social beings. Though laptop users tended to be alone and less apt to interact with strangers in public spaces, Sociologist Keith Hampton says, “It’s interesting to recognize that the types of interactions that people are doing in these spaces are not isolating. They are not alone in the true sense because they are interacting with very diverse people through social networking websites, e-mail, video conferencing, Skype, instant messaging and a multitude of other ways. We found that the types of things that they are doing online often look a lot like political engagement, sharing information and having discussions about important matters. Those types of discussions are the types of things we’d like to think people are having in public spaces anyway. For the individual, there is probably something being gained and for the collective space there is probably something being gained in that it is attracting new people.”