By Sumiya Banoo
Social media is the communal interaction among people in which they create, share or exchange information and ideas in virtual communities. It has become the basic need and quality of human beings to be social.
People always want to connect themselves with society in some or the other way. In earlier days, the modes of communication were limited. People socialized with others in their own ways. Earlier, socializing was narrowed to visiting each other’s place, having big gatherings, meetings in clubs, parks and other public places. Now the time has changed. With the arrival of technology, social networking websites and applications have heralded a revolution in the world.
Today, every person is addicted to social media. Some important social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, etc. have provided us with the prospect to connect with people and foster better relationships with friends and acquaintances with whom we are unable to meet personally and share the happenings of our lives. Some tools like YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp etc. have provided the platform to share pictures and videos with friends and relatives living in distant places.
Social media plays a big role in our lives today. Everything that is so widely expanded has both positivity and negativity. The power of social media is immense and it affects everyone. Some people think it is a boon, while others think it is a curse. All this presents you gape that something so compelling and with such a huge reach cannot be all stable. Just like there are two sides to a coin, in the same way, social media has its positive as well as negative impacts.
POSITIVE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA:-
- • It is a good tool for education.
- • It can create awareness for many social issues.
- • There is a fast transfer of information online and hence the users can stay well informed.
- • It can also be used as a news medium.
- • There are few social benefits as well like communication with long distance friends and relatives.
- • It can provide great employment opportunities online.
NEGATIVE IMPACTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA:-
•Many physicists believe that social media is the biggest cause of depression and anxiety in people.
•It is also the cause of poor mental development in children. Overuse of social media can lead to poor ways of sleeping.
•There are many other negative effects such as cyberbullying, body image issue, etc.
•Due to social media, there is an all-time high level of fear of missing out (FOMO).
CONCLUSION:-Social media isn’t a purely negative or positive force. It all depends on how you use it. So if you want it to hold a positive, or at least a neutral place in your life, it’s on you to take measures to use social media responsibly. And one more thing stop comparing yourself to everyone's social media life. Most only post their highlights. Take everything you see with a grain of salt be moved by what you see in a way that motivates you to be better but don't get down on yourself or try to change who you are to be like everyone else. Be YOU, the best YOU...
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