on November 25, 2019 by Sean Michael Milligan in Journal, Comments (0)

BREAKING: STUDENT CONCERNED ABOUT FUTURE

Lately, we’ve been discussing in class the role of social media in journalism. The prevalence of social media is something that worries me. Not just on a systemic level, though it seems like there’s mounting evidence that social media is having a lot of negative psychological effects. But personally, social media just isn’t something I care to engage with. I’m taking Dr. Erdeljon’s Web and Social Media Design class this semester, and running a social media campaign is utterly exhausting. The idea of Twitter or Facebook or any other social media app being a major part of my professional life is not one that I find appealing in the least.

The odd thing is, it seems like a lot of people I talk to about the topic of social media feel similarly. That’s almost certainly just confirmation bias, I know, but I do wonder if social media use might eventually peak, or even burst like the dot-com bubble back in 2000. In the meantime, I’ve definitely identified something I don’t want to do professionally, and according to sources in my first article, that’s a good thing.

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