News anchors seem to love saying it the most. But even when that actor portryal on your favorite business commercial mentions “social media,” I can’t help but think that no one under the age of 56 is watching them.
Adults have a weird fascination with social media. They’ll complain about everyone being stuck to it, but also want to try their hand at it. Oh, because everyone wants them to, of course. And somehow their Facebook app finds itself on their home screen of their new iPhone 6.
Young people seem to be the complete opposite. They don’t have a problem using social media. It’s all they know. Plus, in everyday converstaions, I’ve never heard a teenager speak about “social media.” That’s too generic. Their conversations include what service they’re currently using most.
In all, you just need to know that most likely your adult idea of social media probably doesn’t equate to that of a young person.
That’s why I found this article to be extremely helpful. It is written by a teenager who describes what each social media service means to young people. The UT Austin student breaks down his interpretation of the most widely used social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Snap Chat, WhatsApp, Yik Yak and others.
But you better read it now to know what youth think about it now. Someone may need to rewrite this in a week or two.
A Teenager’s View on Social Media