Social Media And Its Impact On Society

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Social Media Essay What is social media? According to Merriam Webster, it a “form of electronic communication through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content.” “While the Internet has always allowed individuals to participate in media not only as consumers but also as producers, the social aspect of media did not flourish until the 2000s (Media Convergence).” Social media is perceived negatively primarily through the eyes of older generations simply because they did not have the advanced technology we do in this day and age. Social media has been described as one of the worst things that has happened to society but I disagree. I believe that social media is beneficial in the way that it helps people from all over the world form connections, aids individuals when it comes to their distinct needs and helps bring awareness to global issues. Social media helps form connections. Connections are so necessary in life. It’s so important to have some sort of a support group whether that be family, friends, mentors, etc. Social media helps people from all over the world network. It doesn’t matter where you are from, what you look like, your race, your height, your age, your sexuality; no characteristic can limit you from forming some type of a bond online with others. That is the beauty of it and to top it off there’s no limitation of how many connections you can form. A positive side to this is looking at it in terms of mental health. One suffering from a mental illness can reach out in their community and find someone with similar struggles. People who have suffered emotional and or mental abuse can connect online, share their stories, exchange coping mechanisms, etc. The ... ... middle of paper ... ...ice brutality that has been/still is going on every day. All of the ongoing shootings started a hashtag titled #BlackLivesMatter. This movement is one of the biggest movements in history and it all stemmed from social media; without the media coverage, all these events would probably go unnoticed by the general public but with the help of social media, we have been able to unionize and tackle the problem as one. To conclude, social media has been the scapegoat of why there are so many things wrong with today’s generation, bearing an extremely negative connotation; however, I believe otherwise. I believe social media is actually beneficial and has copious amounts of favorable characteristics; including, but not limited to the ability to form connections, the ability to custom it towards one’s needs, and to help promote awareness on the subject of global issues.

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