Social Media Like/Unlike?
Nowadays we spend a lot of time on social media; we wonder whether that time is good for us.
Are we connecting in meaningful ways online? Are we are simply consuming trivial updates and polarizing memes?
Social media has revolutionized the way we interact with the world around us. While social media has many positive implications on individuals as well as business, like promoting awareness of specific causes, advertising businesses and helping foster friendships, but the over-usage of social media networks can also have negative implications.
With countless exciting improvements in technology, social media have greatly increased communication across cultures and positively and brought attention to events around the world, it is imperative that we examine the negative implications that social media usage has had on the human experience.
The overuse of social media is a problem that impacts all generations, and research has shown that substantial internet usage can have a highly negative impact on our mental health.
With the increasing popularity of social media, networks like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram are also evolving. The most positive implications include advertising, networking, and self-expression.
From an advertising perspective, social media is a great platform for charities, businesses, and individuals to promote themselves. It is also used by global organizations to bring awareness to the causes they support and spread positive news that traditional media often doesn’t cover. In addition to this, Social Media also fosters relationships and connect people from all around the world.
Social media also provides a platform for self-expression and has helped creative individuals to express themselves, share their artwork and share their voice on specific topics.
An additional benefit to social media includes following your role models, inspirational accounts, fitness or health inspired Instagram accounts, which can be motivational to followers and inspires them maintain a healthy life.
But people don’t realize that Instagram & Face Book are just a reflection of the “best” parts of a person’s life and isn’t an accurate representation of their life as a whole. And it’s because of Social Media that many young adults compare themselves to others and envy a life that may not be attainable since many brands and individuals only share a small percentage of their lives online.
It is crucial for teens and young adults to remember that social media does not always portray the whole story and that having skills to succeed in real life is more important than false portrayal in social media. Allowing social media to prevent you from experiencing genuine human experiences, such as spending time with your family or spending time outdoors, can be very unhealthy.
It depends on individual perspective of right & wrong to decide what needs to be followed and ignored. With some rational thinking we can easily differentiate between what information is to absorbed to benefit us in a positive manner. It is important to make sure that we keep the right balance of using social and being social.