Has social media “worn out its welcome“? Are people getting tired of social media? Is social media changing who we are? Are the arguments against and the threats imposed by social media able to bring it down to its knees? How long will social media users tolerate the negative effects of utilizing its sites, tools and channels?
A brief introduction…
I’m a dreamer and have always been since as long as I can remember. A common activity dreamers partake in is continuously wondering about the future: What is it going to be like? What are the things that are going to change or become obsolete? Is it going to be better or worse? And so on…
A few days ago, while carrying out a tremendously boring task, the idea of the future came to haunt my thoughts and I found myself strangely wondering about social media in 2020 – I might need to emphasize that working with a team of geeky computer addicts contributed to this!
As I thought of social media, I drifted off to my childhood days and recalled the need to buy a certain toy or another, play with it and then, just like that, throwing it away and forgetting it even existed! In some ways, I think what it happening with social media users is similar! To social media new comers, every single tool, site or channel represents a toy; a new discovery, a fresh challenge and an intriguing experience yet the question which we ought to ask is: For how long could this interesting social media last, given all the issues social media is facing and the problems it’s creating, day by day?
A Deeper Analysis…
To prove my unbiased opinion, it is rather essential for me to mention that I am who you may like to call a social media “addict” (please see figure above). I developed habits such as checking my Mixx, Twitter and Facebook accounts every single morning before my coffee, during the day and right before I lay my head down to sleep. Come to think of it, I truly believe that many of my dreams revolve around social media as well!
So, why do I believe social media will be dead is 2020? Here is a list of reasons that I’d like to share with you:
- Identity Alteration: Although many of us do not recognize the seriousness of this issue, the fact of the matter remains to be that our personalities are constantly being altered or even more so sabotaged through the prolonged use of social media. Since you can choose to be whoever we want, impersonate whomever you desire and say almost everything on your mind, it is rather easy to forget who you really are and get lost into the image that you have created online!
- Privacy Invasion: I know what you’re thinking: “We have heard this before!” True, but this is a point that I can not emphasize enough and that no one should disregard at any expense! Let me lay it down to you as bluntly as I can: How would you feel about having a picture of your face on some porn star’s body posted on some sleazy website? Yes, this can happen to you! In addition to a series of unfortunate events such as being hacked, getting a new collection of stalkers after you or even being exposed to life threatening situations.
- Boredom: So you’ve posted your pictures on Facebook and got a few comments here and there, you watched some clips on Youtube, you read a few tweets and learned a few things and you bookmarked a few articles on Digg, but have you ever wondered: then what? How long can we actually do the same things over and over again without getting bored?
- Imitation: Regretfully, the easiest way to create something new is to imitate another similar one! So if, for example, a channel better than Twitter was developed, how interesting would it to be to switch to it unless it has the ability to read your mind and automatically tweet what you’re thinking!
- Repetitiveness: So you read about Google Wave through your followers’ tweets Twitter, then again you saw it on Mixx and after that you saw it on Digg’s first page… Don’t you just ever stop to think: How many times do I have to hear the same news? I got it the first time!
No one can underestimate the real power of social media yet again one must wonder: Will social media be there for much longer? Or will it be dead by the year 2020 at max? What could replace social media? And what is the next step beyond Web 2.0?