Pros and Cons of Social Media: Is Social Media an Addiction??
Social media originated as a way for people to connect with family and friends, even if they were thousands of miles apart. Over the last 10 years, online social media has grown extremely fast and become central to the lives of hundreds of millions of people. (Social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google Plus). Some social media, such as LinkedIn, Skype, Zoom and Meetup are becoming important tools for our work and business networking, and even politicians use it as a way to reach a very targeted market. Although teens and young adults spend considerable part of their lives interacting with social media, others refuse to engage with online social networking.
Indeed, the use of social media is on the rise, as a recent survey from Pew has revealed. It is everywhere, encroaching in all aspects of our lives. We can access it with just a tap on our smartphones, tablets, and computers. Let’s dissect some of the benefits and dangers of social networking.
Social media’s pros and cons
Some of the pros and cons of social media are as follows:
- They help stay in touch with people, no matter how far they are.
- Social media helps reduce loneliness of senior citizens who are socially isolated.
- Social media allows for quick diffusion of public health and safety information during crisis events.
- Social media is very entertaining.
- The U.S. military and the Department of Veterans Affairs use social media to help prevent suicide.
- Social media provides relevant information about things that happen everywhere in the world.
- Social media provides academic research to a wider audience, allowing people access to previously inaccessible educational resources.
- They also help better understand the latest trends and events.
- Social media can be used to monitor and shame those who are acting wrong.
- Social media has become a way to meet new people and establish new work, friendship and romantic relationships.
- Social media increases voter participation and facilitates political change.
- Companies and NGOs use social media to enhance their visibility.
- Social networks also allow people to organize collective action.
In many ways, social media has enriched our lives by connecting and inspiring people. However, there is a dark side as well.
- Social media may also insulate people from those who live near them.
- Much of the information disseminated in social media is not reliable or false.