With the phrase "Google it" now so entrenched in our everyday language, we tend to think searching Google is the same as searching the web. But Google is just a search engine, meaning it's a tool that displays the information on the internet based on your specific query. In other words, it's a catalog of the internet.
Social media has become such an important part of our lives that it’s easy to think it has always been there. However, knowing that social media can’t exist without the internet, some simple math should tell us social media can’t be more than 30 years old (the internet started becoming mainstream in the early 1990s).
In 2019, social media is one of the best ways for people to connect with one another. It allows for people to stay in touch across continents and time zones, but also with friends who live just a few houses down. We’re connected today in ways previous generations couldn’t even have dreamed about.
However, the role social media plays in our lives is continuously changing, and it's not always positive. We've seen social media used as a tool to spread misinformation, divide people and sow negativity.
Social media has come a long way in its short 20-year history. Many thought it might just be a fad, but while many sites have come and gone, the concept of social media remains strong and has become part of the fabric of our global society. However, while social media's popularity and significance are not all that surprising, there are lots of other things about social media that will shock you.