About a month and a half ago, I was introduced to the world of smart phones. Yes, I was very late in the game, but it finally happened. I could not stand the idea of ever actually owning one, and only saw them as another way for our society to hide from interaction with others. I have to admit, though, I am guilty of loving my smart phone and the main reason for this, Vine.
I didn’t even know what Vine was until a little over a month ago. For some reason, I became fascinated with being able to create short videos so easily. For anyone who does not know about Vine, it is a mobile app owned by Twitter where one can create short six-second video clips.
The user simply holds their finger on the screen to record, and releases to capture a different angle. The finished product will then have short instances put all together to create one video.
There is an “Explore” section with the app where one can choose a category of the type of video they would like to watch such as comedy, music, sports, etc. Similar to Twitter are the trending tags which are the most popular topics to “vine” about.
Over the summer when I first started using Vine, I kept joking about how I wanted to be “Vine famous.” So, I had begun creating my own short skits and realized how much I actually did enjoy making them. I could videotape myself doing anything, whether it was acting, singing or just being funny, and post it to my Vine profile and Twitter where my friends could see it.
Many people do argue how social media is a way for people to hide, which as I mentioned earlier was exactly the way I used to think. But, I do not believe this is true at all. Vine has helped me express my personality in a way I have never been able to before such as being able to make fun of myself and be okay with it.
I lived at home this summer and did not go out as much considering most of my friends lived at school. So, I decided to create a Vine of me sitting at home on a Friday night with my grandparents. Yes, I know it sounds “lame,” but instead of being upset about not going out, I was able to turn it into a funny video.
Vine can also be used to send positive messages for helping people. One of my favorite Vine users, Jerome Jarre, is known for this. He will post videos of him screaming, “I LOVE LIFE LIKE CRAZY” or “MAKE TODAY THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE,” in public areas. His comedic videos can reach out to people that may need a little cheering up.
Social media has really helped people tremendously in much deeper ways, as well. I read an article on the ABC News website about how Facebook and Twitter have been great ways for campaigns to spread their message.
The Pay it Forward Jayden Style movement had begun when couple Tom and Nicole Lamb decided to pay for the meal of the person behind them. They posted about it on Facebook explaining they did this to thank their community for supporting them with the loss of their son Jayden who had been battling cancer. Now, this campaign has inspired thousands of others to commit acts of kindness and share their stories.
Facebook is also beneficial when it comes to academics. Students in a class can create a Facebook group where they are able to share notes or ask each other questions about a certain topic they did not understand.
Just because I am building up how great social media is does not mean I am trying to discourage anyone from going outside and meeting new people. But, it has become a brilliant way to spread positive messages, or sing your favorite song and share it with your friends on Vine.
Let’s use social media for good; it can change a ton of lives.