I think African American Facebook users use this social activity to keep themselves extremely active on the social media site. African Americans love pictures, fashion and new conversation with others especially topics of discussion (Trayvon Martin case, Durant vs Lebron James or even Beyonce). Facebook users are able to send private messages, upload pictures, create hashtags and comment on each other’s pages. Since African Americans enjoy the social media activity, they may create a Twitter page along with their Instagram and join it with their Facebook profile so every time they post something it will automatically share to each outlet. This is a way for African Americans to keep up socially.
As an African American young adult, I am able to recognize some of my habits as an African American user. I love to look at videos through Facebook, create hashtags, and even go to company pages and check out new gear and shoes. I also am a big fan of sharing my news feeds with my other social media outlets. I figure it’s a great way to keep my friends and followers updated with what I am doing and how I feel. Sometimes, social media or Facebook in general can be over excessive. There are much more constructive activities one can be doing besides trying to impress or let someone know what they are doing through social media. Studies even show phones and computers combined take up a staggering 3-5 Hours a day. Think of how much African Americans can get done: reading, studying, practicing athletically or even catching up on their sleep. It is important to understand what social media can do for you. If gaining followers or attention is something that one seeks then that is perfect. Many African Americans need to understand this reality.