Media Analysis

Problem Statement

Thesocial media general objective has been misinterpreted by manycritics and pundits of the social media sphere at the expense of thesmart phone invention!

Social media is the platform that allows people tocreate, generate, share or exchange necessary information. It’s avirtual worldwide-network that exists and connect many differentpeople across the globe. It is a faster way to communicateinformation by means of text messages, photos, videos, or evendocuments. In the current age and time, a wide spectrum of socialmedia networks do exists. Some of the popular are:-

  • Facebook

  • Twitter

  • Youtube

  • WhatsApp

  • Intsagram

  • e-mail platforms (Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail) etcetera.

Even though there are constraints in the distance,social media has enabled us to discuss and organize ideas in a betterway, without having to communicate physically (Critical Thinking).

According to my problemstatement, many critics have reallymisinterpreted and misconstrued thepurpose of social media once the smart phones were introduced intoour networking world. The purpose is to connect people across theworld, where there would be no physical connection (CriticalThinking). The biggest misinterpretation is that social media hascreated a lazy societywhich fails to communicate in real-life communication (physicalcommunication). Critics argue that this goes further in creating amyriad of problems such as depression, cyber bullying, physicalcontact withdrawal and lack of proper communication skills, as peoplerely on their smart phones too much. “This may be true at somepoint.” However, these occurrences are limited and are not based ona bigger scale (Critical Thinking).

My counter-argument is that, people are stillcommunicating on a physical aspect (on a day to day basis) despitethe notion that social media is seen as ruining it. People are stilldelivering their expectations and still connecting with others in a“real world” as opposed to a virtual world, that is, the socialmedia. Smart phones are still the important media gadgets thatdeliver our online undertakings and businesses.

With technology advancements, smart phoneshave assumed many functions and havebecome important devices in ourlives. Young adults havebecome part and parcel of the smart-phone world. The age bracket ofbetween 15-25 years has found more interest in the smart phone world.These are people born in the 90s era. These are almost dailyusers of the social media. According tosurveys done in theAmerican society, teenage mobilephone users send at least 100 texts everyday. 31 % send100 text messages daily and 15% sendmore than 200 text messages every day. The average personsends an average of 50 text messagesdaily. People can use phones to surf the Internet, updatetheir personal micro blog, and upload their latest pictures at anyplace, anytime.

It seems that smart phones have already become an indispensable partin people`s daily lives. A smart phone is a mobilephone with advanced features and functions that are beyond thetraditional functions of making phone calls and sending text messages(Barrs 101). The initial purpose of the smart phones was to easecommunication in relation to various activities of society. Forinstance, the devices were designed for business purposes due totheir efficiency, cost and application in modern business dealings(Lee 376). Other prominent areas wheresmart phones have impacted greatly are education, health and sociallife. Specifically, this discussion seeks to examine the extent towhich smart-phones have impacted on the social life. The mobiletechnology has drastically changed the culture and norms ofindividuals in the society, most of the affected being the youngpeople.

Discussion

Smart Phones and the Social Media

It is true to say that the social media existedeven before the invention of the smart phones. Computers were beingused as social media devices across the globe. With the introductionof smart phones in the last six years, social media activities havegreatly increased. The applications available in the smart phones canplay similar functions or even better functions as compared to thecomputers. The availability of social network applications in thesmart phones has sent most young people to a world of socialnetworking. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp among other socialsites are said to have millions of subscribed users with 77% of thesubscribers being the young people.

The young generation, the youths, have becomeobsessed with the social media, smart phone applications because ofthe accessibility, availability and portability of the smart-phones(Salehan &amp Arash 2,432).Before the smart-phones were introduced, the major places peoplecould go to surf the Internet were the cyber cafes or on their homecomputers. Internet use in cyber cafés was somehow limited becausethe cafes were not open during the night as well the fact thatcomputers were not portable.

Smart Phones and Technology

Through the smart phones, technology is advancingday by day. As the saying goes, ‘necessity is the mother ofinvention’ has played a bigger role in the coming up with mobiledevices that have many applications. Through the smart phone usage,communication technology has taken a significant step in history. Inthe ancient and recent past, phone communication was just known interms of coded voices or to some extent, a written message. Thetechnology of communication has introduced pictures, motion and liveimages between the communicating parties. The need for fastercommunication has brought about improvisation of the mobile devicesto meet the purpose of communication. With this need, technology isbeing so fast represented in the smart phone.

Various Microsoft applications focus on theinvention of smart- phones to meet the needs of the market. Smartphones’ application in business has made transactions moreconvenient to people. Payments can be made through phones and peoplecan check their bank statements and balances through theirsmart-phones (Salehan, &amp Arash2,432). Additionally, the smart-phone technologyhas reduced movement of people in the name of business activitymaking it possible for people to perform many activities at oneplace. The resultant effect of this phenomenon is the economic growthand expansion of smart-phone business with more advanced features tosuit the need of the market. The smart phone technology has not onlyreduced paperwork in the business arena, but it has also succeeded inthe education sector. Learners have found it easy to access learningmaterials though their smart phones. In the past, people would leavetheir school or college with little knowledge of technology (Barrs102). With importance of the phones in accessing learning materials,most learners are benefiting with these aspect of technology. Smartphones can hence be seen as platforms to grow with technology.

Conclusion

The effects of smart phones have greatly impactedon the daily activities of humans. As time goes, at least everyonewill own a smart phone and able to link up with others and enjoy thesignificances of the social, academic, and business benefits. Mostyoung people are seemingly enjoying the social media phenomenon andhave become the daily subscribers to smart phone services. Smartphones have brought with them good things which the young peopleshould realize and emulate. The youths have become obsessed with thesocial medial aspect of the smart phones for leisure purposes andalso using this opportunity of the available internet for educationpurposes. The smart phone internet can sufficiently be used for thepurposed of academic research and knowledge gain. Education can beusefully linked to social medial interactions, where there areeducative forums that are essentially helpful.

In this regard, this assessment calls for the needfor every person who uses the smart phones in their lives to take theopportunity and build the society and make it a suitable place foreveryone while still using the social media as a platform fortransformation. The transformation of communication standards andadaptation to the changing world. Therefore,smart phones have changed the social dynamics of the current world.People are more informed and liberal with their ideas andexpressions. The benefits are more than what the critics havemisinterpreted and. The critics have exaggerated the role of thesocial media and smart phone.

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