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The Social Media Revolution

October 19, 2011 3 comments

Social Media:  “Refers to the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into an interactive dialogue,” according to Wikipedia. Well I think that Social Media is much more than that. For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past several years, Social Media is something that surrounds us all, has evolved into the greatest form of communication and for some, it controls our lives.

After watching Did You Know 3.0 and Social Media Revolution, the information presented seemed overwhelming, so I went back and watched it again. I know that typically a day for me is consumed by Social Media, both on a personal and professional level, but there were some eye-opening statistics that were revealed in these videos. What I found most fascinating were some of the predictions that the “Did You Know 3.0” video made. One that stands out for me is that they predict by the year 2049, “a $1000 computer will exceed the computational capabilities of the entire human species.” Wow, that is simply stunning! Does this mean that computers are to one day take over and rule the world? Well, I don’t know about that, hopefully not in my lifetime. But it makes you wonder how far this revolution of technology can and will go.

I’d also like to point out how Social Media is integrated in our classrooms. I know that Social Media is important for your personal and professional life, but when the “Social Media Revolution” video claimed that kindergartens are teaching on iPads, I was surprised. I can understand why it’s important to have a good grasp on Social Media and technology, especially in the world we live in today, but a kindergartener learning on iPads instead of a chalkboard, really? Where are we going to draw the line folks? Soon enough we’ll get to the point were babies are born, they get their umbilical cord cut and then the doctor hands them an iPad and tells them to start learning. I think by the time kids enter Junior High they can become educated about that sort of thing, but before then is just wrong. That’s the time were kids learn how to be social with one another, like face-to-face, not in front of a screen. I would really hate to see this type of thing grow because I could see kids growing up and being anti-social or socially awkward.

In closing, these two videos made me realize how obsessed people are with technology and social media. I’m someone who appreciates and enjoys it, but at the same time I think there needs to be a balance. What I mean by that is keep it old-school at times, don’t forget how things use to be. Get outside and be active, integrate with the public, and be social with other people by communicating with them in person. Remember the days before computers when you would walk or bike over to a friend’s house and knock on their door to see them, writing letters, and actually using phones to dial and call someone? Don’t let those things slip away. On the other hand, you need to be up to date with social media if you ever want to make it in this world. It’s a fact. It’s just the way it is. Being technologically educated gives you a huge advantage in the professional field, and that’s why our teachers are teaching us about technology. Same thing goes for social media, we are taught about it because it can only help us in our career path as well as our social lifestyles.