Is social media a good thing or a bad thing? Well, there are always two sides of everything; it depends on your perspective on how you perceive. The same goes for social media. Most people admire it as a revolutionary invention and some seem to think it has a negative impact on society. Social media is a controversial topic in today’s society. Some people think that social media destroys human interaction and real life human relationships, while others think that social media is a blessing to humanity. Social media makes human interaction much more convenient and much faster than real life human interaction, it makes globalization a reality, it gives a chance for introverted people to express themselves, and it also develop international relationships, whether they are business or social. It has been the medium which connects people from one corner of the world to another. The world is changing rapidly due to the social networking and is becoming digital day by day. On my point of view, I agree on that social networking is good as well as most essential part of our life.
I choose social networking as good part of life because it plays important role in my life. I am far from my home country, and I am able to connect with my people through the means of Facebook Messenger, which is helping me to be in touch with them emotionally and avoid me to feeling lonely. Social networking is beneficial to people, as it has been the source of communication and information. It helps to narrow the world into a small community. While social networking sometimes spread unreliable and false information. Also, it might lead an individual to stress and relationship problems.
Social media platform such as Google and Youtube help students to do better at school, as they can research the information and data that they need and can get lots of idea from those sources. According to National School Board Association, “59% of students with access to the Internet report that they use social media to discuss educational topics and 50% use the sites to talk about school assignments.” Jan. 2015 study published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology said college freshman should use social networking sites to build networks of new friends, feel socially integrated at their new schools and reduce their risk of dropping out” (Junco). Using social networking sites makes bonds between one person to another and ties in a strong relationship which avoids mental stress for the students and develop the learning habits from different source available on the internet. For example, a student who is away from home could risk of dropping the class as he/she could not focus on the study due to homesickness. But the social networking site is making it easy to connect with family at anytime, which decreases the gap between the student and a family. Social networks started as a place to connect with our friends in an easy and convenient way. Many of us might have found our old pals from school or college who were out of touch due to one reason or other. I would say I have, and I thank social networks for this. Social networks have provided the opportunity to connect with people and build better relationships with friends with whom we are unable to meet personally and let them know about our life and take input about their lives and events happening with them.
Similarly, social media helps to empower women in business. “Many social media sites are dominated by women: 80% of Pinterest users, 70% of Snapchat users, 68% of Instagram users, 64% of Twitter users, and 58% of Facebook users, are women (Hyde)”. It helps them to give and receive knowledge and share expert knowledge to grow their businesses. Social networking sites help online business to grow rapidly and also helps the consumers to buy the products easily. For example, Amazon.com, Ebay, Alibaba, etc. are the main pillar of online business which is ruling business all over the globe. It makes the consumers see the products from the corner of the room and order with one click. It is making the life of people easy and comfortable.
Another reason to support social media is that it is making it easy for people to recruit for a job as well. They can Google by sitting in the room to search for a job. “96% of recruiters use social media in the recruiting process; 87% use LinkedIn, 55% use Facebook, and 47% use Twitter” (Jobvite). Similarly, it makes people easy to find a job: “67% of job-seekers use Facebook for the job search, 45% use Twitter, and 40% use LinkedIn and 69% of students use social media when finding internships” (Jobvite).
Also, Social networking site helps senior citizens feel more connected to society. According to Zafar, “Seniors report feeling happier due to online contact with family and access to information like church bulletins that have moved online and out of print” (Zafar). Similarly, it helps people to improve relationships and make new friends. “93% of adults on Facebook use it to connect with family members, 91% use it to connect with current friends, and 87% use it to connect with friends from the past” (Duggan, Ellison, Lampe, Lenhart, Madden). It attaches people emotionally with each other. It has become the means of a life partner. People use social media to search for their life partner and connect with them.
Though, social networking site is helping people getting information, ideas, etc. sometimes the information that has been received might be wrong due to the technical problem or the carelessness of an individual. But all the time, information is not supposed to be wrong. Similarly, students might have a chance of plagiarism due to easy access of data and information through social media. But if the source is mention clearly then it might solve that problem. People have been bullied and have had money taken from them due to social media, but it is also helping people to be in touch with relatives and friends and make strong bond between them. It is making people addicted, but also on the other hand it is providing the latest information on the world.
Social media is playing an important role in everybody’s life. It is connecting people of different geography and narrowing the world. It is making a bond between people. Life has become easier due to social media. We can talk with our mother at any time from any place if we miss her. We can chat with our love at any time from the corner of the world. We can do big business from home with the help of social media. Criminals can be captured easily through social media. So, social media is beneficial to all the people if we use it properly. It can be the best friend of every individual to deal with anything from anywhere.