Social Media

Online Is the New TV

I cut the cable years ago. But now TV is more pervasive because online is TV and Snapchat, YouTube, and Facebook Live are the channels.

But this new type of TV is different. It’s real, raw, and mostly unedited. For that reason, it can be more entertaining (re: distracting) than traditional TV.


It’s no surprise that social media has overtaken traditional TV as a place where people find and consume the news.

The new TV is right in front of us on your computer screen, laptop or mobile. TV is ubiquitous, pervasive. And it’s just going to get stickier.

The newsfeed will be all video over the next 5 years. This means we’ll need to be wary of over-consumption.

Our attention is already scarce. TV is TV regardless of where the majority of people view video. Time spent watching TV can either be time-wasted or time well spent. Keep your eyeballs intact.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.