• content communities: e.g., YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr • social-networking sites: e.g., Facebook, LinkedIn • virtual game worlds: e.g., World of Warcraft • virtual social worlds: e.g., Second Life Social media has existed in some form since the 1990s, but the format we know today became popular in the last twenty or so years. In recent years, social media has become immensely popular. In 2005, only 5 percent of American adults reported using at least one social

Many people use social media to stay connected with friends and family who live in other states or across the world.


Detoxing from Social Media

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