Social media is brilliantly made, plain and simple. It is a space in a different universe where everyone is on the scene. There is nothing that even comes close to it; nothing that compares to its dense communication. Social media is the new world that we live in. It is where we express ourselves while hiding behind our keyboard. It is a space where leaders can bring about change and reach millions. Social media has changed the way we receive news. We are alerted in an instant about any sort of event that may have occurred. Is this good or is this bad? Honestly, I believe that is for you to decide. However, I do have my own opinions regarding how it may be good and how it may be bad. This new universe has uncovered more debate on our interactions with other people and what can and cannot be posted. A man-made controversy, what’s new? Social media was meant for connecting and re-connecting, yet we seem to be drawn farther away from society by it. It is an extremely complicated issue that should nonetheless be addressed. However, social media can be used for good and for bringing about positive change in a broken world. One example of this could be the money that JJ Watt raised for the city of Houston, Texas by promoting his cause on his social media account. Social media has been used and abused is now under careful examination to discover the pure and true use for such a powerful communication platform.
Social media has become a major form of communication in this day and age. It is available to all age groups. “The opportunities for adolescents to form and maintain relationships on the Internet have multiplied in the past few years” (Valkenburg, Peter, & Schouten, 2006). Users can be found throughout the world that accesses social media to connect with friends and family. This use of technology has become a major source of communication. Social media has taken over the way we communicate with each other. I prefer to communicate with people on social media instead of sending SMS messages. Although there are many different social media sites we have access to, Facebook has become the go-to website for many social media users. My favorite social media platform is Facebook.
Over the decade our generation has become more and more into Social Media. We can post any picture, tweet about our daily lives and comment on everything. However, as you pose for a picture, or tweet about something that happened to you, do you ever think if it interferes with the First Amendment? Most people do not consider that, and sometimes what they posted can lead them into a lot of trouble because it could violate the first amendment. Many argue that first amendment grants us the freedom of speech; however, to what extent should our activity on social media be protected as free speech under the first amendment? The people’s activity on social media should be protected as free speech unless the activity is determined to be an actual threat towards someone because there are different interpretations, our comments reflect our opinions, and the right of free speech is the foundation of our country and forms what this country is about.
Have you ever wondered if social media affected us and why? Although it can be entraining it can also, be it’s astonishing how most people use social media for wicked activities. not to mention how addicting it is, Comparing our daily lives with others. It can lead to jealousy and a vicious lifestyle we often get caught up in the delusion of thinking social media will help. The more friends/, followers you have the more “popular” you are. Makes us compete with one and others lifestyle.
In recent years, many people have noticed the increasing numbers of depression in teens, but are unaware that social media is a reason for this. For example, “Studies have shown the around-the-clock world of social media takes a mental and emotional toll on some young people. It has been linked to increased worrying and feelings of depression.” Depression not only causes low self esteem, but has health effects too. If we use social media less often, then we will experience less depression and less worrying. Staring at our devices all day stresses us out and makes us feel bad about ourselves. Spending time with friends in person rather than on social media can lessen worrying and feelings of depression. We can not let social media take control of our feelings, otherwise it will hurt our lives. Positive emotions come from positive experiences, and when we’re on our devices, we miss out. Social media is deteriorating our lives in numerous ways, but yet it is often ignored that it is harming us.
When I was a child, many years ago, there was very few social media sites. Facebook was only for college students, twitter, and Instagram both hadn’t been established yet, and myspace was the thing to do for young teenagers like myself. I was all into social media back then, always updating my myspace top friends, keeping the best music on my profile, making sure my picture is on point, etc. I did these things because I had time to do these things, and I was able to leisurely spend my evenings checking up on different social media sites. When making sure no one would be mad at my top 5 friends list, that is the least stressful time in my life. Because now people expect so much more from you than just that. A lot of people ask for a lot, but give very little back in return. That is one reason I stopped messing around with a lot of social media, as well. Family I never talked to in my life would ask me for loans, and different favors. ‘Friends’ would feel like it would be necessary to post everything about our lives on social media. I am completely for Social Media, and this world we live in, but we must be very careful, because it can engulf us in the simplistic aspect of it. It is so simple to just unlock your phone, and check any social media site, post on any of them, and see what others are doing through their posts, so why wouldn’t you love to be on social media all the time? It is fun, until it starts affecting your real life. That is where this thing, Social Media,
We have brilliantly created social media, plain and simple. It is a space in a different universe where everyone is on the scene. There is nothing that even comes close to it; nothing that compares to its dense communication. Social media is the new world that we live in. It is where we express ourselves while hiding behind our keyboard. It is a space where leaders can bring about change and reach millions. Social media has changed the way we receive news. The news outlets alert us in an instant about any sort of event that may have occurred. Is this good or is this bad? Honestly, I believe that is for you to decide. However, I do have my own opinions regarding how it may be good and how it may be bad. This new universe has uncovered more debate on our interactions with other people and what we can and cannot post. A man-made controversy, what’s new? The creators of social media made it for connecting and re-connecting, yet we seem to draw ourselves farther away from society by it. It is an extremely complicated issue that we need to address. However, there is a way to use this space for good and for bringing about positive change in a broken world. One example of this could be the money that JJ Watt raised for the city of Houston, Texas by promoting his cause on his social media account. We have used and abused social media and because of this we should now carefully examine and discover the pure and true use for such a powerful communication
In the recent decade, there have been numerous technological advances that we are able to take advantage of today. There are now self-driving cars, augmented reality devices, as well as millions of websites for almost everything. Out of all the latest online features we can access, social media networking has made the greatest impact to the most number of people. There are over 1.59 billion active Facebook users, over 400 million active Instagram users, and over 320 million active Twitter users (Richards, 2015). The constant updates and numerous ways to customize your own profiles give people of all different backgrounds something to enjoy. These numbers prove that the majority of our population are impacted by social media on a daily basis. Although social media can be a great way to interact, meet, and communicate with people regardless of distance, there can be many negative aspects.
When you think of social media, the first thing that comes mind is communicating with your friends or family. This is one of the benefits of social media. You can communicate with your grandma that lives 300 miles away from you just by typing a message and clicking send. You can share your life events with her just by posting a picture. Even though this seems to be great, which it can be, have you ever thought of all of the bad things that can occur when using social media?
Since we were young, our leaders and elders have told us what to do and what not to do and why. The people we looked up to explained why by presenting examples of members of society who did not obey or conform, which ultimately resulted in shaming them for their wrongdoings. Shame has weaved into our country’s society and government throughout history. As Americans, we have witnessed the negative evolution of shame in our society through social media, maintaining order, and in politics, resulting in shame becoming a harmful tool for maintaining order and intentionally hurting others in a society.
Five thousand hours of online observation, done by Southern California University, found that the digital world is creating new opportunities for young people to grapple with social norms, explore interests, develop technical skills, and work on new forms of self-expression that wasn’t possible before social media existed (Goff). This brings us to a crippling question that have people on both sides of the argument, is social media truly beneficial for society? There are stats that can be found for either position to state their arguments, however, no one can ignore the actual facts that should lead people to realize that social media is beneficial to society.
Social media is, generally, any online platform that promotes communication between your friends. Social media often allows users to post pictures or words to express themselves and let his or her friends know what is going on in his or her life. Being a new and evolving thing, obviously us as humans are going to create controversy about this new technology’s effects on the brain and body- whether they be good or bad. Most people believe anything they hear about social media’s effects on attention span, or its effects on people’s own view of themselves; no one ever talks about the benefits of social media though. Social media is a mostly good thing, and here is why.
The wonderful creation that took over this new generation is social media. Social media is a way for people to express their selves, promote, make friends, entertain, etc. Some of the major platforms are: Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. According to Margaret Rouse, from Whatis.com,” Social media is the collective of online communications channels dedicated to community-based input, interaction, content-sharing and collaboration.” I agree with this statement. Social media is a part of our lives that may never go away.
In today’s world it’s hard to get by without using a social networking site. Due to the growth and increasingly large part of society it has taken over, not only people, but stores and even food chains as well possess their own social media accounts. Social media is an easy form of communication and allows people to feel more connected with each other. As society has become remarkably attached to their accounts, it becomes an addiction as they upload posts portraying the life they wish to share, not necessarily their life in reality. I for one, however, am not one who posts everything about themselves on social media or Snapchats every second of their life. Moreover, although it has yet to become a worry for most, social media holds important personal information, shares a false reality of people’s lives, and results in less face-to-face interaction with others. Furthermore, resisting the temptation of conformity and not devoting myself to social media accounts has overall been much more enjoyable for me.
When social media became a popular marketing tool, I was hesitant to jump on the bandwagon. I thought that sitting at a computer and typing was too easy, and it was hard to believe that money could be made without face-face conversions with customers.