Social media has grown staggeringly in the last few years. You would rarely find someone who is not active on at least one social media platform. So the question that arises is, is social media helping you in your life or causing more damage than you’d think? Let’s look at some pros and cons.
Advantages of Social Media:
- Global Connectivity: Social media has no geographical boundaries and you can connect with people worldwide whether it is to seek a new job, locate a long-lost friend, or share ideas.
- Business Promotion: Social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook are increasingly becoming more cost-effective tools in bringing your new start-up or business to people’s attention.
- Real-time News Updates: Gone are the days of waiting for the newspaper to let you know about the events that happened a day before. If you want to know what’s going on in the world right this very second, all you have to do is go to Twitter.
- Meet Like-minded People: Social media allows us the luxury of coming across people who share our likes and dislikes – be it movie fans, fellow football fanatics, or book lovers.
- Social Awareness: Social media also helps in creating awareness and brings about a positive change in the way people lead their lives.
Disadvantages of Social Media:
- Cyberbullying: It is easy for anyone to create a fake id and bully someone on the internet without leaving a trace.
- Identity Theft: The information you post on the net can be easily accessed by anyone smart enough to hack into your account and impersonate you thereby making your life a living nightmare.
- Privacy Invasion: Remember how when you install an app on your phone you ‘Allow Access’ to a list of things? Yep, that is precisely how social networking eats into your privacy and sells your personal information to major corporations.
- Time Waster: Studies have proved how with increasing time spent on social media we are always glued to our gadgets to the point where it has started affecting our mental peace and health.
- Inappropriate Content: Unless the parents use a web filter or monitor the activities of their children, there is no way to prevent their child from being exposed to any inappropriate or pornographic material.
The moral of the story is, you are responsible for your own safety. Be cautious.