Thursday, November 13, 2014

Is social media a good or bad thing?

Is social media a good or bad thing? There are always two sides of everything, and it depends on your perspective on how you perceive it. For social media, most people admire it as a revolutionary invention and some seem to take it as a negative impact on the society.

Social networks started as a place to connect with your friends in a convenient way. Truly speaking, many of you might have found friends from elementary or high school who were out of touch due to one reason or another. Thanks to social media, you have found them again. Social networks has given us the chance to connect with people and build better relationships with friends and family around the world with whom we are unable to meet personally. You could view photos, send and receive invites to an event, and even send instant messages to each other. Social networks also makes it easier to keep up with current events by informing you about what is going on in the world through articles, videos, and sometimes, live interactive streams. Social media could also entertain. In today's world, we can play video games, online with people all over the world, thus keeping us in touch and entertained. 

The down fall to social media, believe it or not is interaction. People get obsessed and engrossed into social media that they end up losing touch with the outside world. People would rather spend their days, online than going outside and interacting with their peers. An effect to this action is obesity. Now, people aren't getting enough exercise because they are always online. Although social media keeps us connected, it also distances ourselves from the outside world. For example, you can watch videos and talk to others on how to play soccer, but in order to be a great player, you will need to be experienced.

As I mentioned before, it all depends on a person's perspective and how that person perceives it. As for me, I see no downside on social media, because I balance the time I spend on social media and the outside world. So the question is, do you think social media is a good or bad thing?

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