Social interaction is constantly changing; new generations are developing not only the tools but also the ways we communicate within a community. Now is possible to reach a greater group of people anywhere in the world, becoming creators and receptors at the same time as part of a new media environment.
Social Media Impact and Socialization of People
Trough the analysis of a survey of people with different ages, it was possible to compare how Social Media users interact and how they perceive the way these affect to social interaction, as well as the importance they have in their daily lives. According to Cabral (2011), “The human mind is now learning to access and process information more rapidly and shift attention quickly from one task to the next.” (p. 7)
The users surveyed differ when describing their main purposes of using these tools, and how much of an impact these have in their lives. When talking to a 16-year-old teenager, for example, his main concern is to be noticed and get into trending media, to be updated and to create content to make a statement. On the other hand, a 58-year-old woman prefers to be informed through Twitter and just use Facebook for entertainment, not really to create content herself but to share things she likes or finds interesting.
Social interaction through Social Media has been changing and different generations have adopted these new ways of communication, to satisfy different purposes. Now is possible to reach a greater group of people anywhere in the world, becoming creators and receptors at the same time as part of a new media environment.
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