It’s been a few days now since Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp went AWOL and experienced one of the most extended and rough downtime periods in their social media existence.
Technology has developed tremendously over the past century, with so many advances being made that almost everyone is now living with it. From smartphones to the latest electric cars to autonomous drones, the demand for the newest technology is faster than ever before.
In this generation, everyone uses a smartphone, and anyone without one is viewed as old or out of touch. While this may ring true, individuals from previous generations may not be out of touch, have more time for themselves and other people, and aren’t as isolated as they may seem.
Research shows that people spend approximately 5 hours a day on their smartphones. It is higher than what people were spending when technology wasn’t in demand, and actual conversations were. If you’re the type to check up on your phone first thing in the morning, maybe you should change your habits.
The debate surrounding social media has been very long. Standing it brought many changes in everyday life, and without social media, we would rely on other means to get our information, but it also brought negative effects. Here are some issues with social media we should know about:
1- social media information
PROS: With the help of social media, you have easy access to a wide variety of information.
A smartphone can be used to search for a recipe with just a simple search through a search engine. You can read a recipe on a website or watch a video. Information is so accessible online that everyone, from students to business owners, can gain knowledge.
CONS: As well as spreading true information, social media can spread false information.
Since you get news from a multitude of sources, you don’t know which is true. This is the most troublesome aspect of using social media. Some people still get false information and spread it to others, despite all the verification processes they go through each and every day. In order to verify what you’re receiving, check this yourself or watch true news on TV. Still unsure? You should reach out to the corresponding person for clarification.
2- social media & mental health
PROS: For those who suffer from anxiety or depression, social media can be neutralizing.
Social media is being used by some people in order to speak their minds. When they can no longer deem those around them helpful, they look elsewhere for help that way. By sharing information, people will be aware that those suffering in such states need someone in their lives. This is a tool that reduces anxiety, depression and raises awareness about mental health issues. Thus, they are looking for a secure environment in which to do so. To them, social media is a friend, and we should not judge or doubt their decisions based on it.
CONS: Other mental health issues can also be triggered by social media, not just anxiety and/or depression.
When it comes to social media use, teenagers are the most susceptible and vulnerable. This causes them to be more sensitive to mental health issues. Because of the recurring popular trends that arise every day, they see it as an opportunity to be seen. If what they intended isn’t what they expected, it could result in low self-esteem and poor choices. They may then compare themselves to other people and think that they are not good enough. If you have friends or family members who are dealing with mental health issues, try to talk to them.
3- social media & TIME
PROS: Destressing through social media is one way to do so.
A funny video on social media can definitely make you feel better if you’re having a bad day at work or don’t want to talk to people. It improves your mood and makes you feel better if need be. Being connected through Social Media can trigger people’s happiness because they know they are connected.
CONS: It is possible to spend too much time on social media.
The implications of this are apparent when you’re trying to be productive but end up where you don’t want to be. If you do not focus on the main thing you’re supposed to do; you will never be as effective. If you don’t want to lose any more time, then set goals and do social media in your free time later in the evening. It’s just there, don’t beat yourself up if you missed out on the newest information. Eventually, it will become available to you.
There is no doubt that social media has helped humanity in many ways. No matter how you use it, it can be beneficial or detrimental. It is a great way to connect with friends and family, but it can be a source of negativity, too.
To make the most of it, we must limit our use. Do not seek recognition through likes and comments, and disconnect from it every so often. In a world where communication is easy, it’s ironic that we aren’t all connected somehow. As you grow closer to humanity, you will likely realize that there is so much more to humanity than social media.
Although there are pros and cons, social media is something we all need. It has already become a necessity, and it won’t go away anytime soon.