If it were not for the social media the world would not have turned into a global village. Social media has contracted the distances and information, nowadays, spread like a wildfire. A businessman, a scientist, a student or for anyone, it is strenuous to imagine his life without social media. Past were the days when a person had to spend days and nights to solve a problem. Today, you just need to have your smartphone by your side as you can get any information from the internet and social media. The person who doesn’t have access to television at places like offices, hostels, classrooms, and vehicles can all learn about breaking news through social media. Today a few people read the newspapers as the social networking websites have become a source of news to them. It takes a considerable amount of time for the newspaper or magazines to get printed and to convey you the information about something that happened the previous day but the social media websites will take less than a minute to keep you abreast of the latest happenings throughout the globe.
There are endless benefits of social media. Sometimes it actually compels you to wonder how monotonous would be your life without it.
Social Media- A place to learn
Social networking sites are actually best thing happened to students. These sites have helped so many students to do more and become better. Be it Facebook or Twitter, both sites contain umpteen educational pages. Someone who could not afford to join classes, he could easily go to YouTube and take free online lessons. For instance, English, an international and effective language, demands that every person must have a command over it. From a beginner to a proficient student, there are lessons available for every individual on Internet. Besides learning different languages, for individuals who are going to take tough exams like SAT, GRE or IELTS, there are different kind of practice tests available that are really helpful. Social media sites have provided the teachers and the students with a class outside a classroom where they can interact at any time. I assume I can write for days about how much Social media has helped students in expanding their knowledge.
Social Media- An Ultimate Equalizer in the Society
Gone are the days when the platform of media was available only to a bunch of politicians, movie stars, pop and sports sensations, civil right activists, and religious scholars. Today, social media empowers people to share their views and contribute to popular opinion. #Black_lives_matter, #Refugee_Crisis, #Gun_Control_Laws, #Pray_For_Paris, #Panama_Papers and #Gender_Equality are some of the causes that gained impetus through social media platforms and augmented into a force that led the mighty rulers to subjugate to the popular opinion. Many young artists, musicians, and actors reached the apex of popularity through their social media accounts. There is no cost associated with the social media accounts which make it ultimate equalizer as it eradicates the socio-economic barriers which otherwise would have caused a monopoly of the rich and popular people on popular opinion. All you need is a willingness to engage with social media and you can reach thousand of like-minded people which give your voice value equal to the that of the celebrities.
Social Media- A vibrant source of communication
Social media has helped people a lot in communicating with each other. Different people from different cultures are interacting today and exchanging their ideas. In this way, social media is ending widespread stereotypes engendered by gender, caste, color or religion. Even if relatives or friends don’t stay much in touch through social media, they still can get an idea what their cherished ones are up to or how they are doing. For example, Facebook has recently launched Safety Check, a very helpful tool used by people during disasters. People can mark themselves safe during any calamity and it will automatically notify their friends of their safety.
Social Media- A Step towards Women Empowerment
It has been researched that most social sites are dominated by women. It seems like women who, due to some reasons, can’t go out and do businesses have found a way to reach out huge markets. Social networking sites are fantastic tools for business and the pages like tasty and nifty have proved it. Women are advertising their brands online, plethora amount of women have opened cooking and cleaning pages and online shops of various items. On the other hand, it has become easy for people to order anything by sitting on their comfortable couch.
Social Media- Provides Employment Opportunities
After students, social media has emerged as a very effectual thing for a person in search of employments. In the past, people use to buy newspaper or magazine to look for jobs but today, the internet is the greatest source of advertisement and spreading information regarding anything. You just have to like the job publishing pages and they will provide you with all the data you need; kind of job, contact number, address and full data of the company.
Social Media- An Instrument of Awareness
The world is in a state of havoc. As we are seeing how Syrians and Palestinians are forced to leave their lands and living hell of a life. We are becoming aware of their everyday situation through these social sites hence many people are doing what they can do for them through the internet. People are collecting funds, giving charities, signing petitions and donating to ameliorate their sufferings. Moreover, Social media sites have urged people to make social changes and do social good.
Social Media- Contracts Distances
Last but not the least, we all knows that how social networking sites have removed long distances and helped people in interacting from far places. You can interact face to face with your long lost childhood friends or relatives living abroad. And through these same networking sites, people got to know about the people from far places living in cursed situations and are taking steps to help them. People have known more about the importance of public health and safety through social media and have gained much information about how they can make their societies safe and sound.
Social media is an enhanced tool which has significantly improved connectivity and social awareness. Having said that, it is also evident that social media is not without faults. Scientific studies have shown that social media has resulted in reduced concentration among the students, high levels of discontent with one’s life and spread of misinformation. But, at the same time, it is also a fact that technology itself is neutral, it doesn’t force one to act in specific ways. It is up to the users how they interact with technology and get the maximum benefits out of it. It is the need of the day that we create a general awareness about how to use technology for the betterment of the society and once we learn this, it is highly plausible that social media will enumerate its benefits in the society.
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Social media has taken the world by storm through dozens of websites, mobile apps, and other forms of technologies improving the way people communicate with each other. There are social media sites that have millions of members allowing them to share photos, videos, text messages, and more on a regular basis. There are a large number of advantages and disadvantages to using such sites that leave researchers wondering if we are better off without it. Has social media improved or damaged the way people connect with each other? There are studies that suggest it has done both.
The advantages of social media have been interesting to observe and participate in for millions of people around the world over the past few years. People have been able to communicate with people in their local neighborhood and talk to people in other countries at the same time. People have formed online communities that allowed them to get support, education, and even promote and sell products. You can connect with people from school and learn about news that is happening in other parts of the world. If you do not like talking on the phone or lack time to meet in person, you can connect via social media at any time convenient for you. You also have a list of contacts maintained for you through the social media platform you use. But, these advantages have a downside that raises ongoing concerns.
The disadvantages may hurt how people communicate with each other. Some people prefer to have face-to-face interaction with friends and loved ones. Fraud and scams have been on the rise with more people using social media as their main form of communication. Others have wondered what happens to your person information when you stop using the site or when someone is deceased. There is also the issue of knowing how much information to share and what you should avoid. Viruses tend to spread easier and faster when people are not sure what links to avoid clicking.
Others have found themselves in uncomfortable situations they wish they could undo, but unfortunately social media can still keep a record of it making it more difficult to leave in the past. Social media offers promising features that can make people think twice about how they utilize this platform. Sometimes you put yourself at risk of ruining a relationship based on what you post or what you may say to someone.