Social networking opens up the world for its users, allowing them to keep track of people, places, and events in a completely new way. Instead of living within the limits of our physical environment, we can be in touch with the entire world. It creates a place for all of your friends, family and even coworkers to share little bits of their lives, satisfying our curious nature. It keeps us connected, simply put. Whether you are posting a "Happy Birthday" on your grandmother's wall, or tweeting about being at a concert and meeting up with friends who also had tickets as a result, social networking keeps us connected to anyone and everyone that we see fit.
Social networking gives us many different outlets of self expression. Twitter, for instance, allows 140 characters to express yourself, resulting, sometimes, in rapid-fire tweets, loaded with hash-tags about a particular subject. "Twitter is extremely customizable, with little of the social expectations that go with Facebook," says David Carr. He is absolutely right. There is much less pressure to return a follow on Twitter, than to accept or deny a friend request on Facebook. A network called Instagram, that seems to go hand-in-hand with have Facebook and Twitter accounts, allows users to upload photos and short videos of anything from what they're doing, to silly pet photos, to what they're eating, and the list goes on. You can literally post anything. For that matter, you can just as easily go in and remove anything you've posted, allowing you to totally customize your page and let others see life through your eyes, so to speak. Whether it be a tweet, a status update or photo upload, there is a network, or sometimes several, that is suitable for each of us.
The many types of social networking make it much easier for us to stay more connected with family members, friends and even co-workers, while tremendously cutting down the time it would normally take to know such things about a person. The pictures, videos and status updates, of any kind, help us all to feel more involved with those around us and the things going on in their lives, without always having to be there. Some will argue that the social media making the information about a person available online, while diminishing the need to communicate in person, is cutting down on our ability to interact in face-to-face situations. I, however, disagree. While I may not be able to visit my uncle in Florida, for his birthday, I can certainly post a birthday comment on his wall and comment on the pictures he posts of his birthday party. Thus, we both feel included in the activity.
Not only does interacting with distant family and friends become more simple, but social events in which to participate become more easily accessible, as well. Things such as local plays, concerts, and even things like open-mic night often have Facebook pages, making the information easily circulated. People tend to group up for healthy social gatherings, like...