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Globalization through Social Media

Globalization appears in my daily life through the Internet and social media. Every morning when I wake up, I automatically go on Twitter and Facebook to get national and international news. These platforms connect me to the world and inform me about stories and events that are happening in different countries.

Globalization has impacted my family in a positive way. Since I am a first generation American, I have family that live in different countries, majority being in Ethiopia. When I was a child, I remember it used to be difficult for my parents to contact their family. They would purchase calling cards and have to wait to call at a specific time. Most times, the calls would drop or be of really poor quality where they would have to shout to be heard on the other end. Nowadays, my parents use apps, such as Whatsapp and Viber, that allow them to call, text, and send pictures/videos to their family in Ethiopia. They have even convinced some of their relatives in Ethiopia to create Facebook accounts. These apps have made it much easier to stay connected with family all around the world by providing an easy and free method of communication.

From the Internet and social media perspective, I think globalization has benefited the U.S. First, it allows for information to spread quickly and for news stories to reach all parts of the world. This makes people aware of global issues, such as politics, protests, wars, natural disasters, etc. This also makes it easier for awareness, support, and donations to be given during necessary times. It has also helped people stay connected with family and friends in different countries, and provides a space for people to share about what’s happening in their lives and around them.

 

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