social media

See also: Social Media



social media (uncountable)

  1. Interactive forms of media that allow users to interact with and publish to each other, generally by means of the Internet.
    The early 21st century saw a huge increase in social media thanks to the widespread availability of the Internet.
    • 2012 April 19, Josh Halliday, “Free speech haven or lawless cesspool – can the internet be civilised?”, in The Guardian[1]:
      "By all means we want people to use social media, but we do not want you to use it in ways that will incite violence," said Jonathan Toy, Southwark council's head of community safety. "This remains a big issue for us and without some form of censorship purely focusing on [violent videos], I'm not sure how we can address it."
    • 2019 October 1, Bianca Vivion Brooks, “I Used to Fear Being a Nobody. Then I Left Social Media.”, in New York Times[2]:
      I grow weary when I think of this as the new normal for what is considered to be a fruitful personal life. Social media is no longer a mere public extension of our private socialization; it has become a replacement for it.
    • 2022 November 10, Ian Bogost, “The Age of Social Media Is Ending”, in The Atlantic[3]:
      On social media, everyone believes that anyone to whom they have access owes them an audience: a writer who posted a take, a celebrity who announced a project, a pretty girl just trying to live her life, that anon who said something afflictive.

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Borrowed from English social media.


  • IPA(key): /ˌsoː.ʃəl ˈmiː.di.aː/
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social media pl (plural only)

  1. social media
    Synonym: sociale media