“Content is fire. Social media is gasoline.”
About a decade ago, social media had just released into the market but today, most people cannot live without it. Technology was not as popular as today a few generations back. Virtual communication was non-existent and people had to go outside to socialise. Nowadays, anyone who is not on social media is considered old or out of touch. But in reality, they might be the most mentally healthy among us. Most people do not realise the frequency at which they check their phones. A study showed that participants opened their phones at least 85 times a day and spent 5 hours a day using their phones.
Social media can act as an effective tool for connecting with people all over the world. You can connect to anyone located anywhere in this world with the click of a button. Since everyone is so connected to each other, it can break down cultural barriers. Since it is so easy to connect with those from around the world, it can help reduce useless stereotypes about other groups of people and foster strong friendships with people from different cultures.
Back in the day, businesses promoted their products through newspaper advertisements and TV commercials. With the spread of social media, we often see ads all over our social media feeds. Similarly, finding a job in the past used to be challenging. But today applying for a job or internship is as easy as eating a piece of cake, all thanks to social media sites.
If you are interested in something niche and it is tough to find someone interested in topics that interest you, social media can help. Social media can help you meet people from around the world interested in the same things as you are.
Have you ever picked up your phone to scroll for just a few minutes but realise that it has been hours since you picked up your phone? It is a common problem that gets the best of us because social media is designed to be addictive. Social media was designed to make us hooked to the screen employing algorithms to keep using the app. It kills productivity without you even realising it.
A lot of fake information floats on the internet and this can affect public opinion when it comes to important topics. Fake news is an issue that has spread like wildfire due to social media. Before reposting news articles, most people do not fact check them and, this is harmful.
Social media has proven to cause personality and brain disorders in children like limited attention spans, a need for instant gratification, and ADHD. Further, regular social media use puts children at higher risk for depression, low self-esteem, eating disorders and anxiety. A study has also shown that students who use social media sites heavily tend to have lower grades and anger management problems.
“The next time you hear a social media myth, question it. Ask for the proof and ask out loud.“