48 pages 1 hour read

Emily Giffin

All We Ever Wanted

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 2018

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Cultural Context: The Impact of Social Media and the Digital Age

Technology, specifically social media, plays a pivotal role in the daily lives of many people in the 21st century. Social media allows for quick and easy access—not only to information but also to others. Common social media platforms include Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and TikTok. Merriam-Webster defines social media as “forms of electronic communication […] through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content” (“Social Media.” Merriam-Webster). The quick exchange of information and content, such as videos and pictures, creates a hub for constant access to other peoples’ lives. As a society, social media has perpetuated conversations and the exchange of information that many rely on daily.

The digital age refers to “the present time, in which many things are done by computer and large amounts of information are available because of computer technology” (“Digital Age.” Dictionary.Cambridge). Modern society relies on technology to provide information at all times. Many people rely on their computers and smartphones for work, school, and personal activities, creating dependence on technology.

In Giffin’s novel, the characters utilize technology and forms of social media, such as Snapchat, to talk to each other as well as spread information and content that harms another individual.

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