What Is The Future of Social Media?

What Is The Future of Social Media?


If you have 900 friends that you talk to 140
characters at a time what does the word “friend” really mean? In July 2012, US users spent 121 BILLION minutes
on social media. Now let me break that down for you. In one month, that’s 231,000 YEARS
worth of Bieber retweets, and Instagrams of what you had for lunch. Now some people worry that this might be a
bad thing. That we could actually be rewiring our children’s brains so that Generation Z
no longer has anyway of knowing how to interact in the “real” world. And they might even lose
the ability to use sarcasm. Pfft. Yeah right. If social media is not a real interaction,
what is? Is talking on the phone a real social interaction? Or is writing a letter with a
quill pen a real social interaction? These are ways we have breached both space and time
in order to communicate. So isn’t social media just the next step? I’d go so far as to say we shouldn’t even
call it social media anymore. This is next generation social life. Imagine you walk into a museum with your smart
glasses. Now around you everyone’s looking at famous works of art or naked sculptures.
But you flip on the social filter on your glasses, and suddenly reality itself is annotated
just like in your Facebook feed. You can see what people have to say about every work of
art. Or you go next door to the restaurant and
you take a look at the menu. There you can see what people in your network have liked. Now, just a couple of generations ago, once
you graduated high school, you could expect to encounter those people and interact with
them about as frequently as you would play tennis with a plutonium core. But today because
of Twitter and Facebook I can’t go a day without knowing that my old chem lab partner had yet
another breakfast burrito. Seriously Victor, you have a problem. Could this be redefining the meaning of friendship?
Anthropologists like Robin Dunbar believe that there are a finite number of real friendships
any human being can keep. So your brain can maintain about 150 meaningful friendships,
and that’s it. So has social media blown this number into the stratosphere? Well, not yet.
The average person on Facebook has about 190 friends. And the average person on Twitter
interacts with between 100 and 200 people. So we haven’t drastically altered the social
landscape yet. But will we in the future? Social media changes through the emergence
of behavior of literally billions of people from around the world all behaving under local
rules, creating unpredictable mass patterns. So it’s dictated by your niece who corrects
everyone’s grammar, or that coworker who absolutely insists on sharing every single photo of a
cat in a cardboard box ever. But it’s not all frivolous. We have actually
used social media for real social change. I mean who would have thought the same thing
that lets me tell you what I had for lunch helped topple a dictator? Or organize a protest?
Or solve a crime? So what if all of our social interactions
are limited to 140 characters? I think we’ll still be able to keep that social herd all
together. Even if that herd does include a few LOLcats.

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54 thoughts on “What Is The Future of Social Media?”

  • Chandan Ritvik says:

    something like google glass inspores us in the future, but we never encourage google for the glass, and say privacy or it dosen't suit to wear. people pls understand that glass is the future

  • Andrés Rodríguez says:

    This is the time in time when people is reading the most. But what is it reading? the bullshit in facebook written in an awful grammar? for the social networks to be something "good" in all ways possible there is plenty to do with the, at least, cultural capital. Now days people is just dumb (reading all those no nsenses on facebook, twitter who wouldnt be?). What i want to say is simple, whats the point to have acces to toilet paper if i wont use it right? if i shit myself every time i use it.

  • I stopped in the middle of this video, I wanted to like it, but you turned. Johnathon you know that there are very bad things about social media and then you basically just threw ''real friendship'' down the toilet. Are you playing devil's advocate? Out of all people, I know u see through social media. Good for business, not for making real friends.

  • In my opinion ´the social media is bad for society. Because most of people look for validation and it´s the cheapest way to get it from social media of course.

  • when you said that they might not know how to use sarcasm.. I disagreed. I use sarcasm in my texts!… that is if they know how to identify sarcasm without expression.

  • Joshua Roberson says:

    I’d like to believe that social media only strengthens communication. It gives us more options on how to interact and express ourselves. The future of social media may still be a blur but let’s face it, whether we like it or not, the world’s social landscape will change.

  • How could anybody agree with this. Social media, has just lead to less actual soctialness. There have been times when I have been in a group of acquaintances, (Not friends, as I only have about 6-10 actual friends(Facebook people are not always considers friends)) and all that everyone does is stares at there cellphones. Like, hello? Everyone would rather type to there "Friends" then speak with them in reality. Seriously…

  • While I would agree that social media is still a form of social interaction I would argue strongly that is oftentimes a hollow and meaningless one.  When I see a family at a dinner table at a local restaurant all hunched over their phones are they really interacting?  Sure, maybe they're talking with their 1,500 followers on twitter, but in doing so they're completely missing out on a chance to really connect with the people right in front of them.
    Think about it.  If I get in a bad traffic accident who is going to come visit me at me at the hospital?  Certainly not any of my twitter followers, although I'm sure a handful of them would take all of 5 seconds to tweet at me "hope you feel better soon!" The ones that would come visit would be my family and the friends who I spend time with.
    Social media should augment real life interactions, not replace them.  So much of communication is lost when text is your only medium.

  • Thanks to facebook, people of Ukraine were able to unite against dictator yanukovich and threw him off back to where he belongs – Russia. Serously, it was started by just a single post on facebook… 

  • Interesting video.  I think social media does leave me a feeling of being more connected to friends and my family in some way, because you can chat with these people if you do not see them at the moment. On the other hand, if you chat with friends or your family, I do not think that you would feel more connected, beause you see most friends and your family of course,too in real life and you communicate enough with them in real life. But maybe social media leaves you a feeling of being more connected with a friend when you do not meet him or her in real life anymore and you still can communicate with him or her, for example if a friend was in the same class than you, but studies now in another town.

  • Its interesting to think about new futures who can improve the social media! I personally have the feeling to be connected when I use social media. I like that video!

  • Hey guys, its a pretty intresting thing what youre talking about. The google glasses are close to the glasses youre talking about.
    Great video, keep make some kind of videos.

  • Thanks to all my new friends. Before we had the printing press, what was friendship like? Then we experienced telephones, radios, and televisions. We expanded our social clan. The computer has changed who we interact with. We are living in interesting times. Don

  • People don't want to be alone but are afraid of intimacy. Social media offer control, we can alter, edit and delete our messages. They don't learn us to have a conversation that takes place in real time. We get the feeling we are not alone but do not truely get to know eachother. And in real life where we tend to use our smart devices & social media to control our attention and avoid further intimacy.

  • Allot of people have way more "friends" on these networks then they can comprehend, I'm not sure it's healthy to have so much white noise of people we don't know, but I'm glad that the average of people we have interactions with are not mind melting.

    I'm nothing more then white noise to any of you though, but often I get to have a bit of knowledgeable sparing with people who think and sometimes I get to learn from both these videos and you people who talk about them 

    Yay internet

  • Weeaboo Jones says:

    but still here i am after watching this video , sitting here and just writing a ''comment'' by pressing buttons, instead of interacting with my family or friends i just sit here…pressing buttons and looking at a screen hours upon hours knowing exactly what buttons to press to make a sentence in my screen but still here i am after watching this video , sitting here and just writing a ''comment'' by pressing buttons, instead of interacting with my family or friends i just sit here…pressing buttons and looking at a screen hours upon hours knowing exactly what buttons to press to make a sentence in my screen but still here i am after watching this video , sitting here and just writing a ''comment'' by pressing buttons, instead of interacting with my family or friends i just sit here…pressing buttons and looking at a screen hours upon hours knowing exactly what buttons to press to make a sentence in my screen but still here i am after watching this video , sitting here and just writing a ''comment'' by pressing buttons, instead of interacting with my family or friends i just sit here…pressing buttons and looking at a screen hours upon hours knowing exactly what buttons to press to make a sentence in my screen but still here i am after watching this video , sitting here and just writing a ''comment'' by pressing buttons, instead of interacting with my family or friends i just sit here…pressing buttons and looking at a screen hours upon hours knowing exactly what buttons to press to make a sentence in my screen but still here i am after watching this video , sitting here and just writing a ''comment'' by pressing buttons, instead of interacting with my family or friends i just sit here…pressing buttons and looking at a screen hours upon hours knowing exactly what buttons to press to make a sentence in my screen but still here i am after watching this video , sitting here and just writing a ''comment'' by pressing buttons, instead of interacting with my family or friends i just sit here…pressing buttons and looking at a screen hours upon hours knowing exactly what buttons to press to make a sentence in my screen but still here i am after watching this video , sitting here and just writing a ''comment'' by pressing buttons, instead of interacting with my family or friends i just sit here…pressing buttons and looking at a screen hours upon hours knowing exactly what buttons to press to make a sentence in my screen but still here i am after watching this video , sitting here and just writing a ''comment'' by pressing buttons, instead of interacting with my family or friends i just sit here…pressing buttons and looking at a screen hours upon hours knowing exactly what buttons to press to make a sentence in my screen but still here i am after watching this video , sitting here and just writing a ''comment'' by pressing buttons, instead of interacting with my family or friends i just sit here…pressing buttons and looking at a screen hours upon hours knowing exactly what buttons to press to make a sentence in my screen but still here i am after watching this video , sitting here and just writing a ''comment'' by pressing buttons, instead of interacting with my family or friends i just sit here…pressing buttons and looking at a screen hours upon hours knowing exactly what buttons to press to make a sentence in my screen but still here i am after watching this video , sitting here and just writing a ''comment'' by pressing buttons, instead of interacting with my family or friends i just sit here…pressing buttons and looking at a screen hours upon hours knowing exactly what buttons to press to make a sentence in my screen but still here i am after watching this video , sitting here and just writing a ''comment'' by pressing buttons, instead of interacting with my family or friends i just sit here…pressing buttons and looking at a screen hours upon hours knowing exactly what buttons to press to make a sentence in my screen but still here i am after watching this video , sitting here and just writing a ''comment'' by pressing buttons, instead of interacting with my family or friends i just sit here…pressing buttons and looking at a screen hours upon hours knowing exactly what buttons to press to make a sentence in my screen but still here i am after watching this video , sitting here and just writing a ''comment'' by pressing buttons, instead of interacting with my family or friends i just sit here…pressing buttons and looking at a screen hours upon hours knowing exactly what buttons to press to make a sentence in my screen but still here i am after watching this video , sitting here and just writing a ''comment'' by pressing buttons, instead of interacting with my family or friends i just sit here…pressing buttons and looking at a screen hours upon hours knowing exactly what buttons to press to make a sentence in my screen but still here i am after watching this video , sitting here and just writing a ''comment'' by pressing buttons, instead of interacting with my family or friends i just sit here…pressing buttons and looking at a screen hours upon hours knowing exactly what buttons to press to make a sentence in my screen but still here i am after watching this video , sitting here and just writing a ''comment'' by pressing buttons, instead of interacting with my family or friends i just sit here…pressing buttons and looking at a screen hours upon hours knowing exactly what buttons to press to make a sentence in my screen but still here i am after watching this video , sitting here and just writing a ''comment'' by pressing buttons, instead of interacting with my family or friends i just sit here…pressing buttons and looking at a screen hours upon hours knowing exactly what buttons to press to make a sentence in my screen but still here i am after watching this video , sitting here and just writing a ''comment'' by pressing buttons, instead of interacting with my family or friends i just sit here…pressing buttons and looking at a screen hours upon hours knowing exactly what buttons to press to make a sentence in my screen but still here i am after watching this video , sitting here and just writing a ''comment'' by pressing buttons, instead of interacting with my family or friends i just sit here…pressing buttons and looking at a screen hours upon hours knowing exactly what buttons to press to make a sentence in my screen.

    Now give me a like.

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  • zander gotkickedoffearth says:

    fw thinking u use YouTube which is a form of social media and most youtubers talk to there subs on instgram and twitter and those numbers reach the millions and most youtubers c there subscribers as friends

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