I entered the social media world in high school. MySpace had recently launched, and it was the "it thing" to do. My page was frequently updated with status messages, a hit single and photos of my friends and me. Once I entered college, Facebook was the new MySpace. I logged on numerous times a day, checking my feed often. I signed up for Twitter about a year ago, and just like my addiction with MySpace and Facebook, I tweet often. Today, I joined Foursquare, and I really hope this doesn't take over my life as well.
I said all of that to say, "What did humans do before social media entered our lives?" Did we simply jot our thoughts in a journal, meet up with our friends to discuss our day, or simply keep all our thoughts to ourselves? I personally cannot remember. Social media has really transformed the world. People now have the ability to display their opinions and thoughts for the world to see. I am still trying to figure out if this is a good or bad thing.
Have you ever thought about going back to the days that consisted of calling your friends and not tweeting them? Or how about the days when creating a scrapbook was cool and not uploading your latest pictures in a Facebook album? What if the norm was to still have a magazine or newspaper subscription and not be able to read your favorite blogs?
Reverting back to those tasks can be done, but is it actually worth it? Social media plays a big part in today's world, and not having a presence on the Web could probably hinder you.