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Advanced technology has led to numerous innovations such as social media. We first started using social networking tools such as emails, text messages and phone calls to communicate and exchange information. However, in recent years of social media, it has progressed to popular networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Tumblr. These social platforms allow users to communicate, create, collaborate and share ideas globally through the World Wide Web with minimal censorship.

Research has shown that “Between February 2005 and August 2006, the use of social networking sites among young adult internet users ages 18-29 jumped from 9% to 49%” (Brenner, 2013). Social networking tools have indeed changed the way people interact and exchange information. It has become part of our daily routine, thus showing how social networking tools have thoroughly changed and influenced our lives. Many people find reading the newspaper tedious, as they do not have the luxury of time. News can now be read on electronic devices such as our phones, tablets, computers and iPads. This allows users to be updated instantly on the biggest news, headlines and current affairs on the go.

In the past where the Internet was not readily available, means of communication were limited. Readers could only voice out their concerns and opinions on the news they read face to face, or through letters to the publishers. Now, we reach a multitude of people in a single post on Twitter or Facebook. This development enables anyone from any part of the world who has access to technology be part of the online society. The notion of social networking tools has considerable ramifications as it targets your personal life, however, it is also an easy way of meeting people that share the same interests as you. Social networking tools have changed the way we communicate, as there is no longer a filter on our interaction. Back then, we could speak only to the...
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