file0001420018884Social media has been around for a few years and everyone seems to be hooked up with at least one of these sites. In the beginning, many people thought social media would be a trend. Now it has become an integral part of our daily lives. From looking for work at LinkedIn to connecting with high school friends on Facebook, social media is a virtual gathering place for a variety of reasons. Consider four ways social media is changing our lives.

1. Socialization on Social Media

As the name implies, social media is about socializing. People once picked up the phone or wrote a letter to stay connected to old friends, former classmates and co-workers and distant cousins. Now people get connected on social media to stay in touch. Photos, updates and messaging keeps people connected in just seconds.

2. Information on Social Media

People turn to social media for news, information, reviews and other info they might have read in a newspaper, textbook or magazine. With a quick search, people can find a wealth of facts about a particular subject. Formerly this was done by flipping through several volumes of heavy encyclopedias.

3. Business on Social Media

Just a decade ago, it was a major feat to have a business website. Now companies of all sizes and types are expected to have a complete online presence. This includes a designated website and business social media accounts on websites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest. It is a viable way to connect with customers and gather useful marketing information.

4. Gaming on Social Media

Depending on your age, you might remember the wonder of Atari and PacMan after the days of pinball. Then an array of gaming systems that hooked up to your television were introduced. Now people play games on social media using their laptops, tablets and smartphones.

While many wondered the value of social media, it is clear these sites have changed our lives. With sites for photos, short blurbs and socializing, there is a site to suit almost everyone’s way of communicating.