The new generation is a social media generation. The means of communication use fingers less than the lips and prefer smileys to effective smiles. In fact, the current periods of time look more to screens than faces!
Social media is the term that we apply to talk about all the new platforms everybody uses nowadays to interact with a well-defined audience. The concept is easy, if you want to talk to a person, you should not necessarily meet her, you could choose an easier way and simply add her to your personalized list and write her few words. The advantage of these new means of communication is that you are certain that you will not be rejected in a face to face meeting. It is always easier to get a written no than a screamed one!
If we want to stop at the definition of social media, we can first easily see that it is made of two meaningful words that are social and media. Social refers to the society’s interaction. In fact, it is the relationship linking several elements of a same group, and several groups of a same category. The scale goes deeper by gathering social spheres at many levels. On the other hand, media gets at a first time into our minds the concept of the audience and the message transmissions. It is the way people are informed of things that are happening far away from their neighborhoods.
With these two terms put together, we can understand that social media is referred to as being the act of transmitting messages among a specified audience that includes a large category of people. The deeper explanation of this concept would take us to the action of “sharing”.
Social media uses different platforms. The most known are certainly Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and some others that rely on different technological concepts but serve the same goal that is gathering people from all over the world.
Using these social media warriors, you could reach a person that has the same interest centers than you and you might be really thankful to these platforms because you will learn more and make valuable relationships. Furthermore, these websites are also used to make researches about companies and products, so they will always help you get the pieces of information you need.
The millions of users these platforms have reached to gather are the alibi that the effects of social media are incredible. I have to admit that before using social media platforms, I had never met a Portuguese or talked to a Japanese person!
The best way of learning is through encountering people from several cultures. The way this would be possible is through traveling around the world and making sure we will make a conversation with a complete stranger on the street that will tell us about his country’s history or traditions. Another easier way would be creating an account on a social media platform, signing in and talking to the whole world from our magic devices!