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Detroit News article exploring social media's impact includes commentary from WSU new media instructor

March 19, 2013

Social media wasn't a part of day-to-day life a decade ago. Today, you can look up almost anyone on Facebook with just a few clicks. For many people, logging onto Twitter or posting a photo to Instagram is as common an activity as making a phone call or watching television. The number of social media outlets is growing exponentially as more people delve into social networking. Karen McDevitt, new media instructor at Wayne State University's Department of Communications, says people flock to sites like these because they're easy to use. "It doesn't take much effort," she says. "It lends itself to quick quips without much hassle." Of Facebook, McDevitt adds it has "become a visual representation of our identity. It's who we are and how we see each other."