Media: Through the Eyes Generation Z.

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Let’s be honest; our world revolves around media. We post almost every aspect of our lives for the world to see. We are comfortable with the idea that when we post, the things we post are out there. They are in the vast world of the internet, and we can’t control what happens after the moment we press “share.”

There is some sense of fear that we lack when we open our lives up for the world to see. We hear stories of what has happened to young people with stalkers, online-dating, “catfishing,” etc. We think “that won’t happen to us,” we think we are invincible. We operate under the idea that we have to share our lives to be recognized, appreciated, and even loved. We insist on the reassurance that 300+ likes on the 1 of 25 selfies taken gives us.

The Evolution of the Use of Digital Media

As a young 10-year-old girl, the first site I came across was Facebook. I made a deal with my parents that if I could get all A’s, I could get an account joint with my parents. I posted everything. I told everyone that would listen that I was now on Facebook. The power that my presence on the site had was more than I had ever experienced. I felt a part of a new community. I finally had entered the same world that my older peers were a part of, which felt like I was one of them in return.

As time passed, Instagram made its large appearance in the world of social media. Posts mainly consisted of meals I thought were important, timestamps of random daily activities, anything I thought would look cool to my friends. Growing up, we fought over who would be the coolest person at the 8th-grade football games when we thought we were grown.

High school approached us rather quickly. Before I knew it, I was driving and picking out my prom dresses. Snapchat became a leading app that we relied on as a way to communicate with each other. There was always a disconnect between the Apple users and the Android users. Snapchat was a way we could talk to each other on a common platform through texting or pictures.

Now that I am in college, the biggest media platform I use is probably the Google+ office space. This includes my email, spreadsheets, calendar, documents, a general search engine, and even a digital drive. If you’re anything like me, you know how important Google Calendar is. Every aspect of my life is planned out in my calendar, so I don’t miss anything. This platform’s presence allows me to access the internet while keeping up with any digital content I may be interested in.

Our Understanding

I was born in the year 2000, making me a part of Generation Z. If you are a part of this generation, you were born between 1997–2015, making you anywhere from 6 years old to 24 years old. I always had access to a computer, TV, a game system of some sort, or even my parent’s flip-phone. The evolution of these technology pieces has advanced to extreme lengths over the years while always playing a part in our lives. Because of this, we have grown alongside the growth of technology. Every day, “digital advancement continues to reshape our world.” When they change, we learned the new ways and kept going as if it is our new normal. Since technology is always changing and advancing, we also have to learn to adapt to the new and approved systems.

https://socialoutside.blogspot.com/2017/10/timeline-of-social-media.html

Self Expression

Most people who use media sites tend to censor what they share about their lives. Some things that I may think are interesting or cool may be viewed as weird or strange to others. At times, this aspect of sharing can get in the way of our individuality when it comes to sharing content. This taps into our sense of creative expression. We are scared to be judged, wrong, weird, and different. We desire to fit in while we beg to be authentic. The effects of social norms have to severely relate to our digital media’s outcome alongside our creative expression.

Now let’s not forget about those that come to be bold. Some join these platforms to be different. To get their voices heard because they have a different thing to say. These people don’t want to fit into the crowd that follows the social norms. They want to challenge them. They simply don’t play by the rules and lets the social norms boost their individuality.

Self Expression

Most people who use media sites tend to censor what they share about their lives. Some things that I may think is interesting or cool may be viewed as weird or strange to others. At times, this aspect of sharing can get in the way of our individuality when it comes to sharing content. This taps into our sense of creative expression. We are scared to be judged, wrong, weird, and different. We desire to fit in while we beg to be authentic. The effects of social norms has to severely relate to the outcome of our own digital media alongside our creative expression.

Now let’s not forget about those that come to be bold. Some join these platforms simply to be different. To get their voices heard because they have different thing to say. These people don’t want to fit into the crowd that follows the social norms. They want to challenge them. They simply don’t play by the rules and lets the social norms boost their individuality.