Social media started out as a new and exciting hobby to take up some free time, but it has turned into a huge empire.
The Internet is a vast conglomerate of all types of networking from Twitter to LinkedIn.
Many types of social media applications and websites began as small things for fun but are now being required by almost every job.
Employers are looking into all of your accounts to see what kind of person you really are. As an employee, you are expected to post appropriately and use social media as a networking site to gain more business for your company.
This has spread into most professional jobs, but social media now is reaching out to children, too. Children, starting at an extremely young age, already know how to work an iPhone and scroll through Facebook.
Within the next few years, being able to utilize social media will most likely be required for many types of occupations. It already is for some.
This can be helpful when trying to get information out there about your company to a vast number of people, but most importantly, it affects the use of communication between employees and businesses. Emails, texts and tweets are more commonly used for communication instead of meetings and phone calls.
The social media takeover and Internet usage will only continue to grow as the years go on. Time will tell if it really will be beneficial to society, or if social media will cause damage by cutting off mass amounts of face-to-face communication.
This could help the business world immensely. If social media can bring in enough attention, people will begin to use it more and more as an advertising agent, instead of a place to post about what you had for dinner.
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