Effects Of Social Media On Society- Both Positive And Negative
Social media had a huge impact on our society and society witnessed a big change thanks to social media. It revolutionized the way people connect with each other and with world. Be it politics or business social media has touched almost every aspect of life. It has become one of the foremost sources of information about the events happening around us, around our families and friends, and around the world. Now it is very common for people to sharing their moments of joy and new experiences on various social platforms and having a good time. But apart from that an increasing number people are falling victims to online bullying and depression due to social media and it has privacy issues.
So social media have both positive and negative effects on our society and we will dwell a little deep into its various aspects starting with POSITIVE EFFECTS.
The main goal of social media is to connect people and it has done an excellent job in this aspect. Now we are more connected with our families and friends than ever. It provides a very easy and graceful way to share pictures and content with others. There are professional platforms like LinkdIn where we can meet new people in our profession and can share our experience with them. Apart from this there are various other platforms in which we can meet people with same hobbies and can have a fruitful time. It also allows people from different cultures and backgrounds to come together and provides us information about events happening in different parts of the world.
Social media has increased the awareness level of people as it is a great platform to discuss various issues and spreading information about different things. It has become a major source of information about new fashion, new technology and new events happening around the globe. Currently most of the organisations whether it be business or political or charitable or social, have their presence on social media to spread information about them and for people to connect with them or support their cause.
It has given people a great route for connecting with others and uniting for their cause. Now person can tell his or her problems and difficulties to the whole world by just one click and people can rally for him or her. Now there are groups on social media for almost everything which are working for their goals. Social networks have served as medium for mass movements in several countries like India, South Africa and U.S.A.
Social media gives us space to express ourselves in a healthy way. People can tell about themselves, things they are interested in, what work they are doing, etc through their account. Social media is the easiest choice for anyone to tell people about their business or passion and can advertise for their artwork and themselves. And they can share their thoughts on any topic. While social media has been a boon to the humanity, as there is a saying that everything has its own good and bad, social media is no exception, it has its share of bad also so here are some bad aspects of the social media:
Anxiety And Depression
Reports come around every day about social media related depression. Besides the good effects of social media, overuse of this is dangerous. Sometimes people get so addicted to their online life that they forget about real life and could not form wholesome and meaningful relationships in real life and as soon as they are separated from their online life, they feel very alone and get depressed.
Another reason for depression due to social media is that people see other persons who have better cars or expensive clothes and they get envious of other’s lives and sad about their own lives. Moreover it has made people pretentious and they compare themselves with others and try to look better than them. They are constantly concerned about their photos and posts which leads to psychic pressure and depression.
Loss Of Productivity
This is the negative effect about social media about which most company bosses are worried. Presently social frenzy is not just affecting the youth but adults as well. Workers in various industries pay so much attention to social media that they lose focus about their real job. And this is the reason why several companies have blocked social networks in their offices. In many schools also teachers are not allowed to bring their mobile phones in class as they can get distracted and could not concentrate on their work.
Online Harassement Or Bullying
Sometimes people are not careful about what they are posting online and their personal data can fall into wrong hands. In current scenario online image of the person matters a lot to him and sometimes some unscrupulous people can hack their account and post inappropriate material which creates tension and distress in people. And many people make fake Id s and fool others. So people have to be very careful about what they are doing online.
So social media have both merits and demerits and it depends on user about how they are using it for enhancing social and professional life without becoming its victim.