The world is not the same place it was a decade ago. Much has happened during that time, but perhaps the most formative change has been the rise of social media and the role it has taken in the modern world. Aside from the most obvious benefit of these tools, improved communication and connection, the ways in which people are using social media have continued to evolve and are changing the world.
While some of the most obvious impacts of social media have occurred in the geopolitical sphere, politics have not been the only thing touched by the rise of social media. There has also been a dramatic cultural shift that has been felt across the world. Social media has made the sharing of information easier than at any other time in the history of the world. This has given rise to new trends and hobbies around the globe, has inspired people to try new things and has shown us that we have so much to learn from one another. Parkour, for example, the French martial art of “free running,” became famous overnight because of videos that were shared online.
We have also seen the Internet change modern education with the increased popularity of online continuing education programs and the improvement of educational discourse. Even modern romance has seen changes brought about by the rise of social media. Networks like Match.com and eHarmony have helped thousands of people connect and find love. Services like Skype and Facebook have even made long distance relationships more tolerable than they once were.
Considering that these tools and the internet itself are still in their infancy, it will be fascinating to see what other changes await us. Social media has given our generation the power to dramatically alter the way the world works. Let’s make sure that we keep changing it for the better.