Social Media: Good or Bad for us?

In a world driven by technology, social media has become a staple of every industry worldwide. Without a presence on one or more of the major platforms, companies, business and brands will struggle to keep up with their competition. The debate over social media has only just begun. Facebook has just tweaked their algorithm to show more positive posts higher on timelines.

There are two major arguments for/against the role social media plays today.

  • Social media has become too involved in people’s lives and controls too much of the way we live and present ourselves. The social media movement is going to fast and out of control and needs to slow down/stop progressing.
  • Social media is a great way to share the good things you are doing to your friends, companies and brands. People use it to communicate and that’s not going to change anytime soon.

A basic web search for “social media” brings up some points of interest.

Social Media: “websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.”

With a primary goal of allowing users to create and share content, the major platforms are stepping up their game.

With the ability to do more than just create and share content, people are using social media more and more to communicate with current friends, make new friends and reconnect with old friends. However, I also think they are nearing an invasion of privacy and security for their users.

According to Facebook’s Civic Engagement Product Manager, Samidh Chakrabarti, “Facebook was originally designed to connect friends and family—and it has excelled at that.”

In his interview with NRP, Chakrabarti also said that social media will have an impact on democracy, both good and bad.

“I wish I could guarantee that the positives are destined to outweigh the negatives, but I can’t,” Chakrabarti said.

Facebook now sees the conversation about the potential negative impacts of social media as their “moral duty.”

Personally, I think the world of social media is pushing it’s limit and should be regulated a bit more than it currently is.

Following the 2016 presidential election, Facebook was under investigation due to reported ads promoted by Russian citizens that were viewed by about 126 million people in the United States over a two-year period, according to NPR. Without any regulations on who can post, what they can post, or how their posts can impact major decisions around the world, many people say these ads decided the presidential election of Donald Trump.pexels-photo-462365.jpeg

Though I think they helped his cause, I don’t think that was the only reason for his election in the US. I won’t dive into politics in this blog, but I have strong feelings against our current administration.

Social media does, and will continue to, control a large part of peoples lives, business and entertainment. Without it, no one knows where we would be.

But think about this. Facebook was founded in 2004. In less than 15 years, most major parts of everyone’s life is impacted, good and bad, by social media every day.

With security issues, privacy concerns and interpersonal communication issues, social media, led by the major platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.) need to take a look at their mission and reestablish themselves.

No one wants to see the negative impacts of anything, but with the right direction the platforms that seemingly control our lives can lead to change, for the good of society.

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