The Secret Lives of Tumblr Teens

Tumblr was founded in 2007. Tumblr had a different appeal to its user, it had the capability to do a lot, less blog-like than blogging websites, and none of your family members are on the social media platform. Personally, I was not immune to this new platform. I joined Tumblr around late 2009 and left in early 2012. I did not join to find a way to express myself, but because all of my friends were on it. I would go on and just look at anything that was funny or trending. However, this was not the case for most of the popular Tumblr pages. Tumblr pages with millions of followers had a different experience with the social media platform.

Since these pages were able to get millions of followers, that resulted in getting thousands of dollars from per-click websites and other sources. It was a livelihood for these users. This is a reality we live in today. Although their stories are saddening, it is easy for anyone to make thousands of dollars just by sitting behind their computer. After reading the article, it seemed like these teens were in to Tumblr not because of the money, but because it was their passion. It was in their best interest because it was what made the individual sane.

Personally, I am excited about the potential social media platforms like Tumblr has. It is a cultural phenomenon that has only recently become more obvious. The possibilities in making money and creativity is amazing. What social media can be used for has been expanded in to business and for personal use. What is next for social media is yet to be seen but I am waiting and excited for the next possibility to be used. Social Media has been used to take a part of our life and make it digital. Am I disappointed by the cultural tendencies with social media? Sometimes. I believe it is a way to express oneself and to advertise oneself, and most importantly enjoy time being spent on it. However, one of the downfalls of social media is cyberbullying. Much like bullying in real life, there is little that can be done to stop it. However, the pros of social media heavily outweigh the cons.


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