Phone calls? Text messages? Images? Videos? Facetime? The 21st century marked the beginning of the “Digital Age,” where technology has developed to (hopefully) create better usage in people’s everyday lives. Ways of reaching out to friends and relatives have been streamlined as numerous apps have been developed specifically for communication. Depending on one’s personal device, there is a favorite app to connect people today to the world beyond FHE.
School-wise, the types of media apps used vary around the campus, each for different purposes. For example, apps like Instagram and Snapchat generally connect with daily pictures and posts. Because of the enormous amount of students using them, these apps are called “apps for teens and young adults.” Facebook and Twitter are the most common sites for FHE posts and are mainly used by adults, staff, and parents. Additional apps such as Youtube and Tiktok, are used for entertainment purposes, and often appeal to viewers of all ages, although there are many people who have never even opened a Tiktok (Mrs. Barnes).
At the same time apps have worked to connect people, the access to current events and news has changed dramatically. Today, all media splits into four categories: news, social, web, and print. Separate from the decline of print media (newspapers, magazines, etc.), the other three categories became widely popular among technology users. These allow viewers of all ages and backgrounds to seek out information instantously.
Social media draws viewers into an almost “habit” or even “addiction” for most people, whether it’s seeing the activities friends, family members, or random strangers participate in or noticing the events happening worldwide. Ana Cruz (‘24) described, “[It’s] a way to meet new people and form new friendships.” Social media helps people ‘travel’ and allow them to ‘encounter’ the undiscovered.