So, I have a confession to make. Recently, I’ve developed some what of an aversion to social media. It’s not that I don’t use it (or like it), in fact, I get addicted to it which is exactly why I’ve been trying to avoid it.
You see, I love social media, but I’m also very overwhelmed by it. Today, information spreads so quickly and things change so rapidly. You can spend the rest of your life updating your newsfeed and still not see and read everything. There’s just so much information out there–it’s overwhelming!
That said, social media has become the main means of communication and has opened a lot of doors for us to interact with people that we haven’t even met.
I’ve been learning a lot about this in my journalism classes. As journalists, it is our responsibility to relay information to the public in a way that is both appealing and, more importantly, accurate. This is the very reason why I started to doubt whether going into journalism was really for me. There’s always a way you can re-post or rewrite a story to get the information out there. Also, with social media, you now have access to a whole bunch of sources, like celebrities and CEO’s. This is really helpful but where does it stop? Not to mention, with the addition of smart phones, I worried (and still worry) that my job will follow me everywhere. News is always happening and people are constantly posting. There’s no doubt about it, social media has drastically changed the world of journalism.
Last week, Terry Mattingly, the director of the Washington Journalism Conference, came to speak to my class and talked a lot about how important it is that we have Twitter and keep updated and connected through social media. Obviously, this raised my concerns of social media taking over my life. His response though stuck with me. He pointed out that social media has become so integrated into our society that no matter what field you’re in, you will need to know how to use and take advantage of this tool.
My attempt to get rid of my facebook page didn’t last very long. I had to make another account because it was the best way to communicate with the members of the on-campus organization I’m in and it is also the main way I keep in touch with classmates for group projects (although, I have limited myself to using it solely for those purposes). Moral to this post: there is no avoiding social media… it is everywhere.