The Overuse of Social Media
Today, the world has undergone tremendous change in almost every aspect thanks to the
ever growing and developing technology. Ever since the late 1900s, the world started
experiencing a major shift as the Information Age underwent transformation following the
invention of the internet. The early 2000s saw this momentum get a further boost with the
invention of mobile phones and the increased use of computers. Currently, the internet has
become close to a basic need for most households. Owning a smartphone and a personal
computer has also become mandatory as almost everything is done online today. Schools have
embarked on online schooling and businesses hire via online platforms (just to mention a few).
Significantly, this new trend led to the creation and development of one of the biggest social
networks today—the social media.
The first social media was invented in the late 1990s when a website named Six Degrees
came into existence (Hale). It lasted from 1997 to 2001. At around the same time when Six
Degrees was collapsing, a new social media platform, MySpace, began to gain momentum
(Hale). It is largely recognizable as the parent social media due to its popularity then. It was,
however, not the biggest social media site yet and its popularity was overturned in 2004 when