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THE ROLE OF SOCIAL MEDIA TOWARDS PROMOTING READERSHIP

18 Feb

When you hear the word “Social Media” what exactly comes into your mind? Most people would think of Tweeter, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram. However, there are so many others that most of us are not aware of but only the few who have the interest to use them. For example, Kindle, Ebook, UB Reader, Amazon and so many others. It’s not that people are not aware of these media, they are. They just do not have any interest in them because they do not have the features that they are interested in.

A lot of people use the social media to communicate with their friends, families and even strangers. Sadly most of these communications are completely useless and pointless. They do not add nor subtract anything from their lives. They post pictures and update their status, they like stupid posts simply because they are funny or because they appeal to them. Yet, the social media can be used for a wide range of things – even big cooperation now uses social media such as Tweeter, Facebook, Skype etc to communicate with its customers.

If a person can spend almost 16hours a day on Tweeter or Instagram or WhatsApp chatting and updating their pages or whatever, why can’t they spend one hour just to read something, to develop themselves. Media has made if so much easier for us to have access to reading materials, and this does not only include novels and magazines, but we also have newspapers and articles and so many other things. You can literally find anything on the internet. So why do people waste their time uploading pictures and changing statuses instead of promoting something that is for the development of all.

People do not like to read. Probably 80% of people do not like to read. Reading is a habit, a hobby, a way to relax your mind and get lost in someone else’s life. But people do not understand this because most of them grew up with the mentality that reading is boring, a punishment that is given when you do something wrong. So now, how do you make reading fun and more appealing to others?

The social media is a medium that the world has grown accustomed to, something that at least 85% of the world uses for communication. Why? Because it is FUN. It is EASY. The social media can be used in so many ways to help people know and understand the importance of reading. Not just for themselves but also for their friends, families, and children. The social media is not being fully utilized. If eight people out of ten have access to social media network and use it for fun, why wouldn’t they use it also for reading? If it was presented in a fun manner, put down like a fun thing to do, wouldn’t they actually use it? Wouldn’t we have more readers in the world?

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Posted by on February 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

2 responses to “THE ROLE OF SOCIAL MEDIA TOWARDS PROMOTING READERSHIP

  1. SuGaR

    February 24, 2016 at 13:29

    I don’t disagree that the social media is an essential tool for communication and socialization. But doss it mean that you can’t use it for a more productive purpose, other than posting pics and videos? Promoting equality, or starting discussions about community development, raising awareness on important issues within our societies?
    Also, socialization used to include social contact, but now people could be sitting right next to each other and they are all busy with their social networks and barely making any type of socialization, isn’t this destroying the whole meaning of human socialization, that includes human contact.
    All I’m saying is social media is a great tool for communication, but it has not been used effectively to its full potential. We have knowledge, we have information, we have influence, so why are we wasting it on taking selfies and posting meaningless videos when we could be bringing change to our societies and building communities?

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  2. bariijr

    February 24, 2016 at 11:05

    The whole essence of it being social media is for people to do what they do socially and on this information age people no longer meet in homes and pose for pictures or have a bbq and talk about stuff instead they meet online and do the same things they would if they had met, take picture(selfies and the like), post on albums(online albums i.e. Facebook, whatsapp, instagram and the likes), meet in bars and discuss turns of events, politics e.t.c(as on twitter).

    Human beings are social beings and their need to share will never stop, social medial is the gear required to actually take this need to a higher level.

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