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Positive and Negative Effects of Social Media

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Social media is any website that allows social interaction. Social media is growing rapidly throughout the world. More adults and teenagers are joining sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter to interact with friends, family, and strangers. The introduction of social media has changed the world in many ways. It affects each individual in different ways. Today it can be used as a very helpful tool in changing a person’s life, but at the same time cause such conflicts which can negatively impact a person. While there are some negatives associated with social media, the positives in communication all around, has made the world stronger and a better place to live in.

Social media has many positive effects on the society. The introduction of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter have increased communication among individuals. These websites serve as an important medium, keeping individuals socially active. For example Facebook, allows people to communicate with each other, comment on people’s statuses, join different organizations, play games, and even instant message. This site allows for millions of people to keep in touch with each other, and ultimately acts as a source of entertainment. “Social media also allows contact with people from around the world.” (“ProCon”) Using these websites can also increase a person’s computer abilities. Using social media can also help people who have difficulty socializing in person. Sites like Facebook allow “People who have difficulty communicating in person feel more comfortable interacting via the internet” (“ProCon”). Since there is a screen rather than an actual person, people feel more protected and relaxed. This allows people to develop more confidence, and communicate their thoughts over the internet rather than confronting the situation. Social media can also be a huge help to a lot of teenagers. It helps them search careers and colleges that they could be interested in. In addition, sites...