Social media has become intertwined with our lives. Some of us cannot imagine going a day without it.
Almost everywhere I go, I see people with their smartphones in their hand; they are either doing the following:
- Taking selfies with the intentions of uploading their photos on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook.
- Updating their Facebook status.
- Tweeting their thoughts on Twitter.
- Uploading short videos on Snapchat.
- Checking out boards of people on Pinterest with the intentions of looking for something interesting to pin on their board.
- Uploading a picture of a meal that they are about to have on Instagram.
- Participating in group video chats via Google Hangouts.
Those are merely some of the things that people utilise social media for.
How do you use social media?
It Is A Useful Tool
Now, in spite of all the negative things that people have said about social media, I still consider it to be a very useful tool.
Social media can be used in the following ways:
- To share the links to one’s blog post.
- To find out what is happening in the news (Today, most major broadcasting companies have their own social media accounts).
- To promote various products.
- To let people know what is happening in their part of the world in real time.
- To upload inspirational quotes.
- To keep in touch with loved ones.
- To warn people of impending danger.
Those are just a handful of useful things that you can do with social media.
The God’s/Goddess’ truth is, that social media can be utilised in a positive manner.
It Encourages People To Waste Time
It is no big secret, that a lot of us tend to check things out on social media when we are supposed to be doing something important; things like:
- Cooking food for ourselves or for the entire family.
- Finishing a project.
- Taking care of a child.
- Cleaning the household.
- Getting ourselves ready for work.
- Doing the laundry.
- Washing the dishes.
Unfortunately, social media can be a huge distraction; especially if you lack the self-discipline to do the important things first.
Did you ever get yourself caught up in the goings on of social media when you were supposed to be doing something important?
We Are The Actual Product
Yes, my friend, we are the actual product if we have not paid a cent to use the services that the social media provided us with.
There is an old saying, “There is no such thing as a free lunch!”
If we are not paying any money to use the services provided to us by social media companies, they have to find a way to keep their businesses afloat (And, that is usually done in the form of selling our personal information to third parties).
We are inadvertently making those data brokers happy.
It Can Lead To Privacy Issues
The things that we like and dislike on social media says a whole lot about us; algorithms can create an almost perfect psychological profile of us.
Some technology enthusiasts have even stated that Facebook knows us better than our own family and our friends (And, I have a strong feeling that they are correct about that).
One very dangerous practice is, leaving on your GPS tracking feature on in your social media settings; it can give away your current location as well as make a detailed record of all of the places that you have visited.
Do you know what can happen to you if this information fell into the hands of a tech savvy stalker?
One can only imagine the worst.
It Can Have A Negative Impact On Our Mental Health
Yes, it is true. Some people can actually develop mental health issues by using social media on a regular basis.
The following things can trigger mental health issues:
- Cyberbullying that takes place on social media.
- Comparing your life to others that you have seen on social media.
- By coming across suicidal and self-harm content on social media.
- Sacrificing sleep with the intentions of spending all night on social media.
- By focusing too much on acquiring “Likes” on social media.
Social media can have a negative impact on one’s mental health; so please use it wisely.
It Can Be Used To Gain Knowledge
Over the years, I have gained a lot of knowledge via social media and there is a very high probability that you did too.
Social media can help us to acquire the following information:
- Knowledge pertaining to installing Linux on our computer.
- An easy method of learning a new language.
- Methods of doing artwork.
- Knowing what type of microphone to use for voice overs.
- Learning how to cook.
- Learning how to cut our electricity bill in half.
- Learning online safety.
- Learning about various cultures.
The above is just a small sample of the things that we can all learn via social media.
Have you learned anything new via social media lately?
Social media is somewhat of a double-edged sword; it can be used in our favour and it can also go against our best interest. Therefore, we must use it responsibly.
Parents can also limit the time that their teenage sons and daughters spend on social media.
Adults must lead by example. They must not tell their son or daughter, “Now, that is enough social media for the evening,” and moments after, take out their smartphones to see what has taken place on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
And, I genuinely believe that social media is here to stay.
Facebook and Twitter might not last forever; some new social media service will eventually takes its place.
Could you remember when MySpace, Friendster , Orkut and Google Buzz were ruling the social media scene?
Well, they had their time.
Today, people are more interested in Instagram, Snapchat and Pinterest.
In the future, other social media networks will be reigning supreme.
In regards to getting our privacy back, we can use the following social media services:
There is no need for you to continue being exploited by the other social media networks.
And, if you want, you can take the extreme route by going on a social media fast.