Social media without a doubt is one of the blessings of our current society, It has been very useful in changing the society as well as the lives of her citizens. Just like every other thing, social media has its positive and negative implications
Let’s first define the term social media, social media is a website that allows social interaction. The use of social media is growing rapidly throughout the world. More people especially teenagers are joining sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, where they make new friends, interact with old friends, clients, family members and share new ideas.
Social media in recent times has become one of the way life for a lot of people, which can become a big problem if care is not taken. According to stats social media are gaining in popularity every day.
- The average time spent on social networks per day is 1.72 hours
- The average number of hours a teenager spends online per week is 27 hours
The real question is, what are the effects of social media in our society? Are they positive or Negative?
Of course, social media without a doubt has impacted our society positively, it has impacted areas like education; making it easier for teachers to collaborate/communicate with students and also helps they in discussing educational topics, politics; it is now easy to make political movements without much stress, Information; information are now easily passed about anything you want to help out about, Job opportunities; it has helped to spread information about and job opportunities and also as created thousands of jobs for many people.
Social media negative impact on the society comes from the abuse of it by a lot of people, the dangers of social media can be said to be
- A distraction from work/school:
- Cyber bully
- Cyber crime
- Lack of privacy.
It cannot be stressed enough how social media affects ones mental health, especially when people are mean to others by becoming trolls on social media and spreading hate comments all in a bit to have more likes on their comment.
One thing is for sure that, the way we use our social media accounts/networks determines the impact it has on our society.