Wow! The final blog post…I have learned a lot during this course, it itched the exact scratch I was interested in and like many of you, I look forward to learning more about social media.
But, as I look forward to the more advanced courses it struck me that I am aiming at a moving target.
As we grow, learn and adapt, social media is also growing and adapting at a rapid rate. Is it doing this faster than other fields like, say, medicine? I don’t know, I am not a doctor. I do know all areas of expertise experience change, 30 years ago plumbers never would have thought they would trade copper pipe for plastic. Auto mechanics must get smart about electric cars and some photographers have never had to open a roll of film in a dark room and dunk it in poisonous chemicals. You get my point, all fields require adaptation as humans find better and different ways of doing things.
But still, I remain uneasy about the pace of change of social media. New features are introduced all the time to existing well established apps and new platforms are frequently developed. But is the technology the only thing about social media that changes? What about us, we human beings, does the prevalence of social media in our everyday lives cause us to change? Do we know how to cope with social media and integrate it into our lives in a way that respects the value of human relationships and connections and our privacy? Or does social media appeal to our darker angels by giving us all an audience to seek validation from?
The answer to all these questions depends on the individual user and I think that the only way to figure things out is to learn more. And while learning more and engaging on social media more, we must maintain sight of who we are and make social media serve us, not the other way around.