Facebook: The Pros And Cons Of Social Media

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Over the past few years, social media has grown rapidly and gained the attention of individuals across the world. What exactly is social media? Basically, social media is a form of electronic communication that allows individuals to communicate with each other, create social profiles, and even share their perception on music and photos. Surprisingly, social media has caused some countries to produce boycotts and other types of rebellions. More than fifty percent of people learn about breaking news through social media. Recent statistics show ninety percent of adults in the United States own a cell phone (King 2015). Eighty-seven percent of those adults use the web, and sixty-eight percent of those adults connect to the web with their…show more content…
Founded by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook has connected multiple individuals across the world and even reunited some people with family members. Zuckerberg never imagined Facebook would grow so dramatically and have the impact it does on individuals across the world. Facebook allows it’s users to update statuses, upload photos, post videos, and even instant message others. For example, if some teenagers were at a shopping mall, they could update their status to let others know they were shopping. They could even post pictures in their favorite stores. This all could happen within only a few seconds. Today, more than nine-hundred people use Facebook monthly (Pros 2013). That number is continuing to grow. More specifically, fifty-seven percent of American adults use Facebook. In addition, seventy-three percent of teenagers are Facebook users (King…show more content…
In 2011, Snapchat, a photo sharing app became publicized. It was launched by Evan Spiegel, and Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown who were all brothers. Originally, Snapchat was used by Rebecca Minkoff so that she could allow others to see her spring clothing collection before she had models walk in the outfits on the runway. Eventually, various people began using Snapchat for other reasons. Snapchat allows people to take photographs using the app and share them instantly. However, there is an unexpected catch. Once someone sends a picture to a friend of his or her choice, the friend can only view the picture of maximum or ten seconds. Once the ten seconds are gone, the picture may never be seen again. On the other hand, the picture can be screenshotted. If this occurs, the Snapchat team will instantly notify the user that his or her photograph has been screenshot. In addition, users are also allowed to make stories. When making a story, one is able to combine photographs and videos in sequential order. The story can be as long as the person may choose, but after twenty-four hours the story is no longer visible and it is gone forever. Recent headlines exclaim the worth of Snapchat is around nineteen billion dollars. Nevertheless, Snapchat has about one-hundred million monthly users who are less than twenty-five years of age (“Snapping” 2015). Unsurprisingly, that number is steadily
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