Looking around Ole Miss's campus, they are everywhere: students checking their phones for online messages - always wondering ”Did I get a new message?”
Social Media changes not only the future of traditional media institutions, but also our social behavior. Now we have the opportunity to be online every minute, to stay connected to others and to read the news whenever and wherever we are able - and we utilize this opportunity. What was started by people like Mark Zuckerberg is not only a blessing but also a curse.
The downside to all of this is that people are always under pressure to be up to date and to stay informed. What really matters, the interaction and the face-to-face communication becomes continuously less important because people attempt to stay in touch with the 500 random people they befriended on Facebook. We think social media is free but in reality it costs so much time. It affects friendships and even relationships. According to a study by a UK divorce website, Facebook is cited as a cause for a third of divorces in 2011. Yet, Facebook is still growing. Facebook's population alone is larger than the United States and the third largest in the world.
For more on social media effects on Ole Miss students, check out the story on YouTube.