Is social media helping or hurting society?
The use of social media has been pervasive these couple of years. It has been recorded that from July 2011 to 2012, time spent on social media has increased from 88.4 billion minutes to 121.1 billion minutes, which is almost a 40 percent increase. Social media is websites which people use to interact with friends, family, schoolmates, business associates and others. Social media refers to anything from YouTube and Instant Messaging to websites like Facebook and Twitter. 90% of teenagers, ranging from 13-17 years of age have some form of social media. Users can create a profile and build a personal network that connects the user to other users. Social networking has become a part of our daily routine and is a trend that will only continue to evolve as we grow old. The impact it has on teenagers life’s has been making people question the fact whether social media is helping or hurting society. Social media is helping society because it helps us stay connected no matter where we are in the world, it informs us about what is going on in the world and how we can help and last but not least it enhances our self-esteem. Social media is helping society because It helps us stay connected no matter where we are in the world. Because of circumstances we can’t always be with the people we love all the time, but social media makes it possible. In the article USA TODAY “Social media doesn’t mean social isolation” by Ted Aljibe, William Ward, a social media professor in the Department of Communications at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, follows 10,000 people on Twitter, including people he’s met at conferences, people he’s lived near or traveled with or friends of people he knows. “I don’t get to see them every day, but I get to keep up with them and what they’re doing online,” Online he gets to keep in touch with them when he doesn't get to see every day, it’s like he’s there but really not. The article also talks about Corinne Nakashima who is from Alaska attending graduate school at the University of Illinois, “’I wouldn’t be able to stay in touch the same way if I didn’t have it,” Nakashima said. “It definitely would’ve been worse without social media’”.][Knowing what the others are doing through status update is a good and easy way to stay involved with one another even though they might be thousands of miles apart who in Corinne’s case is 3600 miles away.] People can and do spend hours a day on social networking sites interacting with their friends. It is a good way to stay in touch and to find out what is going on their lives. Using social networking sites keeps us stay up to speed with what our friends are doing. In modern days, unlike the past, families are spread all around the globe. This makes people have less contact with their own family members, who they don't even see very often, and be awkward when they see each other one day. "...using email and chatting software, connecting with family and friends who are far away geographically is cheaper and easier than calling or writing letters." Stanford University said, and it is true. The price is way cheaper and takes much less time, which is a win-win situation. Like this, social media keeps us in touch with each other. Social media is helping society because it informs us about what is going on in the world and what we can do to assist. Social media keeps us up-to-date with the latest current events. Social media has helped people parse what they can do to make a difference, and provided easy ways to get involved. Many people don’t realize that social media played a crucial role in Hurricane Sandy recovery. According to “Social media and its impact on Hurricane Sandy recovery” by Meg Cotner, it states that “Various networks have popped up on Tumblr (Sandy Sucks), Facebook (Red Hook/Rockaway Recovery), Twitter (OccupySandy), and there’s even a network for cell phone texts (Occupy SMS), all focused...
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