“Social” Networking

In today’s day and age, social networks are universal among the younger generations. To find someone without a Facebook or Twitter is not only uncommon, but rare. Social networking has, and continues, to alter socialization. It is often argued that these networks are detrimental to human interaction. They interfere with face to face communication, change the definition of friendship, and catalyze negative events that would render obsolete without online socialization.

On the other hand, social networking heavily increases the amount of available information and socialization options. News is capable of being spread at record speeds, which can be positive or negative depending on the situation. While many complain about younger children using these tools, they are actually able to supply them with unlimited information regarding current world events and people of like age groups with similar interests. Overall, social networking possesses more positives than negatives, and the allowance of rapid information and online interaction is one that will continue to prosper with online interaction.

 

Web 2.0

With the ability to add user-created content, the web evolved. Web 2.0 is a means to communicate with family, friends, and strangers from anywhere in the world. On average, this more recent development tremendously increased web use and has allowed it to become a prominent source of information. Social networking continues to grow in popularity as more and more users take advantage of the efficient and effective web 2.0. Sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Tumblr see millions of visitors each day–and the numbers are only going up. This advance in technology is not one that can be overlooked; it has become one of the most innovative and useful platforms to date, and will continue to play a large role in modern science.

To me, Web 2.0 is a means of information and communication. Social networking has made keeping in touch with friends and family easily accessible and efficient. With the help of the web, I have access to almost any information at any time–whether it be about someone I know, school work, or even what movies are playing. Like many others, this technology has become a constant in my life. Rarely do you find someone without any means of online interaction. The web can be used to reach huge amounts of people in short periods of time, affecting millions of individuals almost instantly. More than anything, the web is an incredibly omnipresent and useful tool, and it would be foolish to not take advantage of it.