Social media is the rage today. Facebook and Twitter have transformed the way we see the world. There’s hardly anyone who’s not yet mesmerized by the wonders of social media. Instagram, Skype, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Tinder etc are some of the popular social networking websites and applications.
Along with disappearing barriers of space, it has drawn barriers of trust! Technology has its demerits and merits, and so does its offspring – Social Media.
Positive effects of social media
Social media has improved communication all over the world. The whole world is well connected to every other part of it now. Children can now connect with their aunts and uncles in India while they themselves are in America. Long lost childhood friends can be reunited with, thanks to social networks.
Entertainment has been redefined with the emergence of social media. You can share files, videos, GIFs, pictures and a lot more on social networking sites.
Social networking have given introverts their break. One can now speak their mind without worrying about filthy grimaces by friends and foes. And of course you can check on your crush’s information by just clicking the right buttons on social media. Also, sharing stuff on social media can help one gain some much needed help.
Home works, assignments and research material can be easily shared amongst students with the help of these sites. Social media has made distant courses very easy to attend. Online distant education systems have helped literal a lot of people over the last decade. Enhancement of knowledge is a definite merit of social media.
Social networks have helped boost business. Where advertising on television and radio had cost thousands of bucks, advertising on the net can be virtually free of cost. One can post on the Facebook and reach a hundred, sometimes a million people at the same time. Likes and dislikes of the general public can be assessed easily by marketing companies. Due to social media article writers, Bloggers and content creators have freedom to express their forms of art in an unrestricted environment. It helps people develop better perspectives and reviews about current issues. Ideologies can be shared freely now.
Negative effects of social media
Social media has definitely strengthened connections, but it has also devoid us of the sense to judge which connection is worth fostering. We are now trying to communicate to people who are continents apart and, in the process, are neglecting the people who are physically present next to us. A false sense of positivity and communication is going viral. Relationships are breaking and trusting souls are disappearing.
Cyber bullying is a major threat to the minds of the young. It is fueled by social media and can leave a devastating scar on the brain of the victim.
Death of creativity and birth of inactivity is another aftermath of social media usage. Kids, instead of playing cricket and painting, are consumed into Facebook and the likes.
It is the cause for distraction of students and employees alike, leading to decreased productivity. A ping on whatsapp or a message on Facebook is irresistible to old and young alike. A few minutes of Instagram night before an important exam can be devastating! It leads to a terrible kind of addiction that slowly eats up the individual. Eye sight loss, migraines and increased anxiety issues are just the beginning. I’d quote Shannon L. Alder here, “An open Facebook page is simply a psychiatric dry erase board that screams, “Look at me. I am insecure. I need your reaction to what I am doing, but you’re not cool enough to be my friend. Therefore, I will just pray you see this because the approval of God is not all I need.”
With social media comes an increased sense of courage and that is followed by us publicizing our lives. Most of us have provided the net with all sorts of possible data about our family and profession. This can lead to serious security breaches in our lives and can destroy is, if misused. A simple rumor can ruin our reputation. Personal data can be obtained by hacking or phishing by criminals. A number of frauds and scams have taken place due to social media.
Social media has also been a cause of death. Over use is one thing, but copying stunts shared by other users takes stupidity to a whole new level- a level where one can lose his life. It also glamorizes drugs and alcohol. Habits such as smoking and drinking have been glorified using social media in the past. Adolescents are trapped into these circles and ruin their lives.