What was life before texting, tweeting and twerking? Life was simplistic before videos and images of Miley Cyrus twerking and shaking her a** was broadcasted across social media. Before the viral video of Donna Goudeau, shouting “P-O-P Hold It Down, Mama I Love You”, there were telephones that didn’t have functioning for the common apps such as youtube, facebook, instagram or twitter. Over the course of the last 15 years, the course of technology and social media has led to trends that the American Pop society can not live without. Texting, tweeting and twerking has become an epidemic sweeping the nation.
The world that we live in is a world filled with connections. Almost everyone has a smartphone, and if you don’t, there is some form of technology that allows you to access the outrageous and sometimes controversial content that swirls around the world wide web. While NYC is the capital of the fast-paced life, people in Los Angeles are trend setting the latest fashion and vacations in Miami are being booked world wide. People walk up and down the streets of their respective places of living with their heads in the phones or electronic devices. They’re texting away as their headphones cover their ears. Others are browsing, posting and surveying the social media apps, while others are in their apartments and houses making twerk videos.
It was March 21, 2006, Twitter’s co-founder Jack Dorsey, was the first person to tweet. His famous words were, “just setting up my twttr.”
This post would revolutionize American culture, as social media would explode during the creation and publication of twitter. According to a digital insights article published in 2014, “Twitter has 255 million monthly active users”, which is roughly 3% of the World’s population. Digital insights also suggests that over 500 million tweets are sent out daily, which is why so many people have access to so much information. Twitter is an addiction, and countless people lose so much time focusing on social media. According to these daily estimates, there are roughly 182.5 billion tweets sent out yearly!
For most people , social media trends are involved in everything they do. Their smart phone is in use while they shower, wait on-line at various stores, they lose hours of sleep because new uploads of videos, celebrity gossip or breaking news are on display! For some people, being the center of attention is the fulfillment of life as they upload their daily activities to the web, whether by Facebook, twitter, Google+ or Snapchat.
Social media was blown up many times because of Miley Cyrus and her propensity to twerk and show off her goods, at least what is left of them. The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards featured Miley Cyrus dropping low and gyrating her backside on the crotch of Robin Thicke. Although, twerking has been around for decades the global brand of Miley Cyrus reintroduced the term to the mainstream. The Urban Dictionary defines twerking as, “the rhythmic gyrating of the lower fleshy extremities in a lascivious manner with the intent to illicit sexual arousal or laughter in ones intended audience”.
Source: MTV VMAS
According to Adweek.com, Miley’s antics sparked a complete shutdown of social media, as they monitored the activity of the views of her video. Miley gained over 11 million Youtube views, over 34,000 likes, over 15,000 shares of the video on Facebook, and 5,000 tweets on twitter. This numbers only account for 5 viewing sources.
Twitter is so addictive for two reasons. These reasons are as follows, the ability for one to view what they please and secondly, one’s ability to be informed. The inception of social media has brought the classical newspaper and television into your hand. An individual always has access to their personal interest. Their ability to text an opposing party whenever they please changes the way people communicate. If I don’t have to talk to you because I don’t feel like it, why should I have to if I can just text you? The answer is simple, you don’t have to!
As time progresses, the mobility and advancement in social media and it’s trend will be fascinating to see. Just as Miley Cyrus twerks profusely, celebrities show off their goods, gossip circulates and breaking news continues to happen, social media will always be around. The need for one to be social drives the need for social media to exist! Texting, Tweeting and Twerking is the society for us and by us!