The increase popularity of social networking sites
Everyday, we figure out newer, more creative ways to use social networking sites. While more and more such sites spring up everyday on the face of the massive internet, the most popular ones give us statistics, that we could make observations based on.
The number of people accessing the internet for anything at all is on a steady increase, and the number of people going onto social networking websites for some reason or the other is mind boggling. Nearly 70% of internet users use social networks of some kind, for some purpose or the other. We have already seen the information rush, where everybody wants to know about everything and the internet serves as a perennial storehouse. The trend is slowly moving towards information about everyone on your friend list. As the line between private and public information blurs quickly, people now want everyone to know what they are doing, what they are thinking, and almost everything else in their lives. Status messages on sites like Facebook, and constant updates on twitter, are not uncommon, letting people know exactly what you are doing, at every step in your life.
Although it started off as a phenomenon, that can almost be a termed a movement among youngsters, older people aren’t staying away from it anymore. Big social networks are having millions of 40+ aged users signing up. The idea of being able to connect with long lost BFFs and people that have been encountered at various stages in life, is simply irresistible.
What’s more, social networks seem to be replacing emails. A few years ago, email seemed like the greatest invention of mankind, doing away with traditional snail mail and making things so much faster. Today, social networks have almost substituted emails. People simply send messages over these sites, which provide options of both private and public messages. It’s easier, faster, and takes very little effort. Besides, you network with a whole bunch of friends together in one place. For the ones with the not so great memory, their presence that keeps popping up at you on the website reminds you that they exist and that you could drop in a word or two. Inviting people in large numbers for events/ parties/ concerts etc are also just so much simpler.
Sites like twitter are driving people strongly addicted to them. People find a compulsive necessity to tell people what they are doing, ever so often. The good thing is, that now people get to have an idea of how people in different parts of the world, living in different countries, following different cultures and speaking different languages think. It has added to the global village that we are turning into. The numbers and popularity of social networks is only going to go up, for a long time to come, and let’s see what new technology takes over next.