Adrian Moses Felan
INF 103 Computer Literacy
Dr. Mark Zecca
Social Networks Social Networks used to not have the same meaning as they do today. They have always been a social structure made up of individuals, made up of their interactions and personal relationships. From the sewing circles of yesteryear, to the fixation we have with our digital social life, social networks have taken on a new form in the 21st century, and have begun to impact our lives in many ways.
Our daily interactions have vastly changed from what they used to be. With the invention of Web 2.0, we now have ways of utilizing the Internet to interact with family, friends, and even strangers from all over the world. Everything that you post, blog, tweet, or write about enable you to became your own writer, sharing your thoughts and opinions across the Internet (Bowles, 2013). Because of this, it is wise to remember that anything you share online is made public, and can be accessed by anyone forever. True, there are privacy settings and ways of hiding what you choose to share, but that does not mean that someone on the back-end of that network’s server can’t easily access that photo you just uploaded. Social networks may be difficult to use for some, but one must accept that they have changed our choice of contact.
As social networks have taken on a new way of how we interact with one another, more and more people have begun to use them as a way to communicate. For example, 67% percent of the United States’ citizens, from 12 years old and up, use some type of social media, where 57 perfect of the adults in this number are using Facebook. Most of Facebook’s users visit the site every day (King, 2015). The reason why so many of us use Facebook, on top of other forms of social media, is to connect and interact. Social Networks are our community, with whom we share similar interests and likes. “One of the main reasons many people use social media is to connect