Today marked the 10th birthday for Mark Zuckerberg’s popular social networking site Facebook. Once the wave of watching the small automatically generated video about my personal Facebook journey had passed, I was struck with the thought of what social networking will be like in another 10 years from now?
Social networking in the past has brought about many changes to how we can communicate with others near and far. This was emphasised with the launch of mobile applications meaning that we stayed connected even when we left our homes. Already today there is a blur between the physical and digital world, we are currently more connected with people we know than ever before. With mobile applications tracking what we are up to day-to-day, posting our locations, how many pipes we have managed to pass on Flappy Bird and how far we managed to run before we collapsed in a heap in the local park. In the future I believe that this will continue to the point that you will not be able to pick up a glass without the whole world being informed of this action.
With so many advancements in technology it is hard to predict where and how we will use social media in the years to come, will it still be such a prominent part of so many people’s lives? or will there be a new way that we communicate with others through?
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– Amar, Z., 2014. The Guardian [online]. 10 years on: what role will social media play? 30th January 2014. Available from: http://www.theguardian.com/voluntary-sector-network/2014/jan/30/10-years-role-social-media [ Accessed on: 9th February 2014].