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The Effects of Social Media on our Generation

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Claire F

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The Generation of Social Media
How It All Began
In 1997, blogging became popular, along with AOL Instant Messenger that allowed users to chat instantly

In 1998, Google opens as a major Internet search engine

In 1999, the first online social network to gain fame was founded and called Friends Reunited

In 2002, a social networking site called Friendster was opened in the USA and reached 3 million users in 3 months

In 2003, Myspace was launched and LinkedIn was started as a site to help connect business professionals. Apple also introduces Itunes to the internet.

In 2004, Facebook is started for students at Harvard University. Myspace becomes popular, Podcasting is introduced and the Flickr image hosting website is launched

After the Social Media Boom
What are the effects?
Clearly the effects of social media have drastically changed our society in the past decade or so and those effects vary from beneficial to quite negative. Social media unlocks a world of sharing, comparing, and competition that can bring out the worst in some people. On the other hand, it can be super helpful in reconnecting past relationships and linking goods & people up to each other.
Positive Effects
Positive Effect Statistics
- Over 50% of people learn of breaking news through social media
- 59% of students use social networking sites to talk about educational topics
- 70% of adult "networkers" visit social media sites to connect with friends & family
- 64% of companies are on at least two social media sites for recruiting
- Senior citizens report being happier due to online connections with family
- More than 25% of teens report that social networking makes them feel less shy and 28% feel more outgoing because of it
- Almost 90% of large companies report at least one significant business benefit from using social media
- 64% of kids listen to music on Youtube rather than CD's (50%) or radio (56%)
- 87% of colleges use Facebook in order to recruit students and 73% also use Twitter
In our generation, social media has clearly impacted our lives more than we maybe thought. From changing how we act, to spending more time online than interacting with people, social networking has really taken over. It's where teenagers spend more than 7.5 hours a day consuming media! Surely the effects have been both negative and positive but really, in the long run, social media/networking is efficient, useful, and beneficial to our economy, our lives, and the way we spread information around the world.
By: Claire, Kaleb, Keith, Shaye, and Nick
2005- Facebook launches a site for high school students and YouTube begins storing videos, by this time there were also more than 8 billion web pages

2006 - Myspace becomes the most popular social media sit in the US, Twitter is launched, and Facebook expands its membership

2007 - Apple releases the iPhone multimedia and internet smartphone

2008 - Facebook passed Myspace in amount of monthly visitors

2009 - "Unfriend" was added to the dictionary, Google saw one trillion unqiue URLS

2010 - Apple released the iPad, the Internet surpassed the newspaper as the most common way to get news

- Social media spreads ideas and information extremely fast
- Law enforcement can use the internet to find criminals and protect the people
- A lot of social networking sites can help kids in school
- Networking can help the unemployed find work easily
- Apparently, social networking can increase the quality of a persons life
- It's actually been very good for the economy
- Allows teachers to connect with their students outside the classroom for extra help
- Colleges and universities use social media to recruit students and help connect them to future roommates
The social media boom started in the late 1990's and spread rapidly into the 2000s with various social networking sites like Myspace and Friendster.... and this was only the beginning.
Negative Effects
- Social media can definitely help spread false information easily
- It makes for a definite lack of privacy
- It's IMMENSELY distracting to students and causes extreme procrastination
- Using social media poorly can result in unstable job positions or not getting a job because of it
- Causes people to spend less time talking face-to-face and having in person conversations
- Gives people the nagging need of instant gratification and morphs their personalities into being more self-centered
- Criminals use the web to promote crime and commit crimes
- Cyberbullying and sexting
- More people become prone to social isolation
Negative Effect Statistics
- Students who use social media while studying scored 20% lower on tests rather than kids who did not
- 40% of kids 8-18 spend 54 minutes a day on social media sites
- The percent of people reporting less and less time face-to-face time with their families rose from 8% in 2000 to 34% in 2011, according to a 2012 study
- 51% of people 25-34 access social media while at work, interrupting their job
- 49.5% of students reported to be the victims of online bullying while 33.7% admit to being a cyberbully
- 68% of Facebookers share their birthday, 63% share their high school name, and 18% share their phone number, all allowing their public information to be viewed basically to the world
- 35% of college admissions have discovered essay plagiarism, vulgarity, or illegal activities that negatively impact a students chance at admission




Social Media Around the World
The Economic Impact of Social Media

In certain countries, social media is actually prohibited and banned from public use. The reasons for banning vary from growing political tensions to security of the government.

-In China; Facebook, Twitter, Hotmail, and Wikipedia are all major sites that are/have been banned because information is spread too easily/falsely, the sites are too hard to control, and political tensions with Tibet were really bad so they had to shut down social networking. The ban on Facebook has since been lifted however.

- Major social networking site, Twitter, is banned in Japan for a few reasons: during the 2009 elections, the Japanese government wanted to maintain supervision over them and Twitter was thought of as a form of literature and images which aren't allowed during campaign. Also, banning Twitter was very important in controlling activists.

- Facebook is banned in Iran along with a handful of other sites because of the social, political, or moral "damage" that they do and are looked at as antisocial

Social Media and Dating
Pop Culture Influences in Social Media
Social networking is actually good for our debt-filled economy. Social media sites have established a blossoming industry and an abundance of new jobs. It is projected that communication and collaboration from social media could potentially add $900 billion to $1.3 trillion to the economy through newfound productivity and improved customer service. Facebook posted $1.26 billion for the 3rd quarter 2012 revenue, which is quite the increase from the $954 million for the third quarter 2011 revenue. Twitter earned an estimated $350 million in 2012 revenue and has recently become a pubic company which will give it potential to earn even more. Social media is so beneficial nowadays to the growth of the economy because it provides an inexpensive method of advertising, quick connections between consumer and products, and better income/sales for small and large businesses alike.
Online dating has recently become an increasingly popular way to start a new relationship, and surprisingly, it's really helpful/convenient.... and for all types of people!

Here's a list of a few dating sites we found:
eHarmony, Match.com, ChristianMingle.com, FarmersOnly.com, EquestrianCupid.com, DateCraft.com (for World of Warcraft fans), CrazyBlindDate.com, and TattooedSingles.com

- In 2012, the percentage of marriages where the couple met online was 17%
- eHarmony and Match.com have around 37 million users combined
- 41,250,000 people in the U.S. have tried online dating
- Online, men lie most about their age, height, and income while women lie most about their weight, age, and physical build
- 66% of online daters have gone on a date with someone they met through a dating site
- 59% of internet users agree that online dating is a good way to meet people while a 21% says that people who use online dating sites are desperate

The media is largely influenced and surrounded by actors, musicians, athletes, talk-show hosts, business moguls, etc.. The way people find out about up and coming films, new album releases, who made what play in a football game, and breaking news around the world is typically through social media. Already, YouTube reaches more people aged 18-34 than any cable network! According to Forbes, there are steps to becoming a major social media influence like; making yourself a motivational leader, being a self-starter in your career, and making social media your business. For example, some people simply blog for a living. Others own complete businesses solely online. It's becoming a more and more popular way to get pressing information to spread.... and fast. Major celebrities promote films, tours, and albums all on the internet and it gives them a chance to connect with their audience, which only further increases the use of social media.
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