A tweet caught my eye last week from @patmuldowney and I was intrigued to click because I agree with just the teaser: "This is SO true. Social media has changed the way I watch sports and get my news." I was excited to see it was a blog post by a female: "breakintheaction."
From the opening lines "I’ll be the first to admit: I’m addicted to the Internets" I knew this girl was in my head. She goes on to mention that when at a sporting event she tries to not tune into social media with Twitter updates and FB feeds but in some instances fails and gives into the technology even though the action is going on right in front of her face. I do the same thing; I attempt to shut out social media during live sporting events but it's so impossible now since it's so accepted in the world to just be distracted by your phone. You want everyone to know what is going on where you are at and share your excitement even though there are 200,000 other people updating the same social media outlets. It's crazy that technology has changed the way I not only get sports and news reports and updates; it actually changed my entire sporting experience. Yes, even the chatter before sporting events just get you so excited and pumped. I still even get tickled when I see all the sports reporters at their computer switching back and forth from chats to twitter to FB, it's so crazy to me.
She also points out that even huge news breaks via social media outlets. I know, personally, I found out about Michael Jackson's death, Tiger Woods' car/golf club incident and various other news reports via Twitter.
"As recent as this development is, there are far too many unknowns. What I do know, however, is the significant impact that social media has over everyone, whether you actually use these outlets or not. It has provoked some stunning trends. Via @smexaminer: The Pew Research Center’s 2011 Annual Report on American Journalism reports that:
* In 2010 every news platform saw audience stall or decline … except the Web.
* For the first time ever, more people got their news from the Web than newspapers … the gap for TV is closing, too.
* Newspaper newsrooms are 30 percent smaller than in 2000.
* Nearly half of all Americans now get some form of local news on a mobile device. In other countries where mobile penetration is deeper, the number is probably greater."
I wonder how it's going to keep changing the way we interact with each other, alter in-person experiences and the general media overall.
Do you notice how social media has impacted your intake of sports (especially at sporting events) and current events?
Do you think it will improve through the years or only alter our experiences?
*images taken from peterrobertcasey.com and http://www.jasonfpeck.com/