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Social Media and its Impact to Our Life


The earliest methods of communicating across great distances used written correspondence delivered by hand from one person to another, we called it as letter. In 1792, the Telegraph was invented. This allowed messages to be delivered over a long distance faster than a horse. In 1865, the Pneumatic Post developed. It was created another way to send letter quickly. Two important inventions found in the last decade of the 1800s: Telephone and Radio. Both of them are still in use today. These changes the way people communicate. The first social media, Six Degrees, was created in 1997. It enabled users to upload profile and make friends with other users. In 1999, the first blogging sites become popular, creating a social media sensation that’s still popular today.

After that invention, social media explode in popularity. Sites like MySpace and LinkedIn gained in early 2000s and Photobucket for online photo sharing. Facebook came out in 2005, creating a new way for people to communicate and share with other across distances. In 2006, Facebook and Twitter both became the most popular social networks on the internet. Those platforms allow us to communicate not only in the same region only, but also we can communicate with people from around the world.

For now, social media that has most users is Facebook. Around 1.6 billion people are using Facebook. It is clear to see why people enjoy social media. You can connect to every single person anywhere and anytime. It also can fill your free time. Moreover, it helps you when you need more information. Then, when you are feeling lonely and bored and there is no one, you can chat with your friend so you won’t feel lonely. Joshua Septian, for example 17 years old student at Pelita 2 Senior High School, said that through social media you can communicate with each other easily. He used social media to keep up with hot news and if any of his friends get trouble, social media means that’s he will know and be able to help. Although social media has a lot of positive aspects, it also has a bunch of negative impacts to society. These impacts could be happened to everyone around you and could be happened to you.

Some negative sides from social media are differ whether those are affected individual life or then can lead to society problem. The problem that really obvious is an anti-social behavior which considered really affected the growth for individual side. It is because everybody is really enjoy to play their phone and not aware about others. People became more active in social media instead of their real life. It will lead that people are more comfortable to live their life in a virtual one, social media, rather than facing the reality. The real example of this problem is, people cannot express their emotion directly when they seem upset on something, then they choose to post on their social media.

Moreover, another problem that could be persisted is mental disorder. These can be seen as people become more addicted to the likes and the loves they got in their post. When they get a lot of likes from other people, they will be very happy. And if they don’t get those likes, they will be sad and they will try to get more likes on their next post. One who addicted in social media, tend to think that viewers/followers are important matter. Thus, acknowledgment from others in their social media is really mean for them. This problem can lead miss-behavior in one perception toward others. They will think that the real competition is not just happen in the real life, but also in virtual (number of followers, like, or viewers).
No matter how bad the negative side is however, social media has changed the way people communicating. Now it is depend on us, human, to be more wise to use the social media.

About the Author:

Yovela Audrys, EF Pluit, Frontrunner

Hello, my name Yovela Audrys. Friends always call me Yove. I am a student in Methodist Junior High School, and this is my last year. To improve my English, I study in English First, Pluit. I have a lot of hobbies, but I always spend my free time reading a post or blog about lifestyle. One day I want to be a designer, because I really love fashion.