What Will Social Media Be Like in the Future?

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My 11 year old daughter last night asked me something interesting. She wondered if social media was going to be around when she grows older. My response to her was it will certainly not only be around however it will be taking over. What else it will bring, that is hard to say because we will not know specifics until then. I had shared this last night on my Facebook profile as well.

This definitely sparked up some conversation. And the fact of the matter is, whenever I have given lectures in the past about why social media is absolutely crucial to utilize because it is the present and will even be more predominant in the future- I just know that if people do not understand the use of social media now they will be completely lost with it later on.

The reason I say this as well is because the world of social media along with other forms of technology is evolving so rapidly that if we don’t keep up with the pace, we will be in trouble.

At one time, the only way to communicate with one another was through making phone calls (after Bell’s invention that is), writing letters to one another and mailing it, or physically walking up or driving to someone’s home or business to pass along a message. Marketing was only done through radio, television, magazines, direct mailing, faxing (later on) and even perhaps cold calling. This method worked! Back in the mid to late 1900’s. However, now, even though this method of communication and technology still has its place, the use of email, social media platforms for communication and marketing, Skype, Google Hangouts are taking over more and more by the day thanks to evolving technology. And traditional methods of communication and marketing may still have its place however, it is becoming weaker and weaker as time elapses as technology keeps advancing. So when my 11 year old daughter is say, 21, all I can predict is that traditional ways of communication and marketing may still somewhat be used even then, however it will even be weaker than it is now because of how quickly technology is advancing. Social media is a byproduct of technology and no one can really predict how it will effect our roles at that time. All I know is that it will keep growing and for those who choose not to bother with it will be very lost even if traditional methods of communication and marketing are still used because by that time, it will be that much weaker.

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Miriam Slozberg is an author, social media consultant and depression advocate. Connect with her on Google+, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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22 Responses to What Will Social Media Be Like in the Future?

  1. Betsy October 3, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    I think it is important to keep some of the “old” methods of communication going. But things are so much easier now, I know I would rather text message than talk on the phone. Social media is so important but so is human contact.

    • Miriam October 3, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

      Thanks Betsy and agreed. Traditional communication methods will still always have a place however technology is taking over to the point you will be lost without it.

  2. Kathy Hadley October 3, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    Great post! I saw your facebook post when you posted it, btw.

    You are so correct about people needing to stay up to date on all of technology or they will be left behind.

    🙂

    Kathy

    • Miriam October 3, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

      Thanks Kathy and absolutely!

  3. Jan Kearney October 3, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    The web has always been social, even before the name “social media” was coined, before the MySpace’s, Facebook’s and Instagram’s.

    We are social animals and technology has enabled us to interact with total strangers as if they were friends. It will never go away, but who knows what it will actually look like even 5 years from now?

    • Miriam October 3, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

      You are absolutely right Jan. That is why we had always written letters, visited friends, etc. It’s just changing how it is done with technology. Thanks for the comment.

  4. Samantha Angell October 3, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    Interesting! I just had this discussion with a few friends a couple days ago, only pertaining specifically to facebook. Social media will definitely be around, just in different forms. Who knows whats next!

    • Miriam October 3, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

      Thanks Samantha and you are so right. No one will know how far it will evolve, the sky is the limit.

  5. Gena Livings October 3, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    You know, I really do have to get my hubby up to speed with technology!

    He is a carpenter by trade and doesn’t feel the need get involved with computers. He always tells me, “Why do I need to get techno savvy when I have you?” LOL!

    Well, this tells me that I better keep up on my “game” since it’s changing rapidly! All kidding aside, I totally agree with you that technology is evolving so rapidly and if we don’t keep up with the pace, we will be in trouble.
    Thanks for posting Miriam!
    Healthy Blessings,
    Gena 🙂

    • Miriam October 3, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

      Hey my husband is the same way LOL, don’t worry too much. Eventually people do work at catching up and he will too! Thanks for commenting Gena!

  6. Tamala October 3, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    Awesome food for thought!!! Technology is only going to get faster and more advanced…. and imagining what the world is going to be like is just fun to think about (from that standpoint.) I wonder how your daughter imagined what the world will be like when shes say in her 30s?

    • Miriam October 3, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

      Thanks Tamela, now I wonder if I will get to a point if I will be left behind LOL, yes it is evolving so fast! Who knows what it will be like when she is in her 30’s let alone her 20’s LOL.

  7. Joyce October 3, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    I have tried to present the idea to people that doing the same thing really doesn’t always mean you will get the same results, and this post shows one example.

  8. Gertraud Walters October 3, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

    Well I’ll be in my 70’s in 10 years time. Considering that my 8year old grandchildren are at times already ahead of me it makes me wonder how I’m going to fare than. But I have abundant thirst to learn something new every day, so hopefully I’ll be OK. Thank you.

  9. Linda October 4, 2013 at 1:27 am #

    Thanks for posting this article. I keep telling my husband that he needs to get with the times. He does use a smartphone but no way near it’s capability. He uses his laptop to pick movies for Netflix and large email. I think that’s as far as he is willing to go. So old school! LOL

    • Miriam October 4, 2013 at 1:45 am #

      LOL mine is too so I understand, thanks for stopping by Linda!

  10. Eveliina October 4, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    The Sci-Fi writers have been “predicting” all this stuff for decades. I bet the reality however is going to be much more fabulous.
    Looking forward seeing it!

  11. Robin Davidman October 4, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    So true, Miriam. Just thinking about how far technology has come shows that the possibilities are endless for how far it goes. I enjoyed your post as always!

  12. Sharon O'Day October 4, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    I posted a Harvard Business Review on my FB wall this week that talked about the “death of voicemail” … something that USED to be the lifeblood of sales. So, yes, things are shifting and to not stay abreast means becoming obsolete ourselves.

    • Miriam October 4, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

      Death of Voicemail, wow, yes that is weakening too! Thanks for commenting Sharon.

  13. Michelle October 10, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    I wonder how things are going to evolve when my son is in high school. He is only 2 now, but social media is changing daily. God knows what will be available when he is in high school.

    • Miriam October 10, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

      It is very difficult to say at this point. And yes things are changing so rapidly you cannot really predict anything.

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