Twitter is a social media site where users can express themselves in 140 characters which are known as tweets. It is different to other social media sites, such as Facebook as it is more of an account for micro-blogging. Twitter has been in active use since 2006 and at the moment has over 500 million users, with a staggering 340 million tweets sent daily and over 1.6 million search queries on the site. 

It is one of the top 10 most visited sites on the internet at the moment so addiction can be present with users without them being aware. Especially with the monumental growth in the number of people who own a smartphone, Twitter is now more accessible than ever. Its easy accessibility with its popular App. means that many users visit the site every hour, to either tweet or even just to see what others are tweeting about. it is quite irritating when you are in a conversation with someone and you suddenly realize you are playing second fiddle to their phone and more often than not, Twitter. I know from personal experience, the buzz associated with a new tweet along with the excitement and anticipation about how many “retweets” or “favourites” you can conjure up. This can almost take up all your concentration for a while where everything else may become irrelevant.

There are many people I follow that tweet excessively and it even seems that the response they receive can influence their daily mood as they give a new meaning to the term “freedom of speech”. More and more people are forgetting the simple pleasures of things like, waiting in a line or bumping into new people as they are too engrossed in their Twitter feed or else tweeting about something largely irrelevant. It is the small things in life that are being lost to Twitter that worry me most as I just wonder if this addiction keeps worsening, will people even talk in the future? Or will conversation be limited to Tweets?


Is Facebook taking over our lives?

untitledThere is a compelling argument to suggest that Facebook is in fact taking over the lives of teens, young adults and even kids throughout the globe. Ever since Mark Zuckerberg set up Facebook it has gone from strength to strength and unbelievably has over 1 billion users at this moment in time. Its staggering popularity make Facebook the premier social networking site on the net. The rise in the amount of people purchasing smart phones means that Facebook is more accessible and people will invariably spend more time on the site.

From a personal view I visit Facebook everyday without fail, as like many people my age it is a bit of a social shrine that I seek religiously to answer my social prayers. Even though I am currently without a smartphone due to a terribly unlucky drunken accident I still manage to visit Facebook at least once a day as every time I use a laptop it is the first site I look for, as I am sure is common among internet users of my ilk. It offers people a simple way to connect with their friends from the comfort of their own home and maybe this comfort might get in the way of other more pressing things in ones life. I myself can occasionally be distracted momentarily from important things like college work by Facebook, as I am sure my favorite lecturer Colette can confirm.

Even after pointing out all the dangers of Facebook as an easily addictive form of social media I believe its positives outweigh its negatives and I feel it is a necessity in my life although in moderation. It has so many positive uses that it would be an injustice to ever classify it as a hindrance. It is a great way to socialize although if it is your only form of socializing you know you have a problem. It is also a great form of advertising for businesses, while also a great source of receiving information on products and services for users.
Well I hope ye enjoyed this blog but for now I must go, Facebook awaits!