Social Media has certainly impacted our lives and society as a whole. From its early creation with Sixdegrees.com in 1997 to current favourites like Instagram and Twitter, social media continues to expand and keep us connected with one another. Keeping in touch with those near and dear as well as across the globe.
Social Media has proven itself to be a staple in our lives in recent years. Whether it’s used to keep up with the news, talk with friends or family and in our careers, there is no denying how important and influential social media has become.
With COVID taking place in the UK in 2020 and the stay-at-home orders, social media became an important way to remain contact with loved ones and provided new opportunities to create new relationships. Whether it’s facetiming activities with family or co-op gaming with individuals we are more connected today than ever before.
Two recent example of positive social media use are the “clap for carers” and Black Live Matter campaign. The “clap for carers” campaign helped to bring everyone together to show appreciation for the hard work NHS nurses and staff were doing during the height of the pandemic. Live video and instant messages were used to encourage everyone to stand outside every Thursday to show their support. Black Lives Matter (BLM) organically used social media to spread awareness of racism sharing live video and stories to open up the debate. Social media raised awareness of BLM online encouraging people who may have struggled with the issue to ask for support.
Social Media continues to influence our world and since its inception, it has grown to become a staple of our lives.
By Georgia Bevan