Social media has become an essential part of our lives. Every other person is more active on social media than in their social lives. I think there are many advantages of social media but at the same time, there are some harmful disadvantages. In this article, I am going to explain both according to my thoughts and experience. Let’s start with the pros.
SOCIAL MEDIA FRIENDS
It usually happens that we meet new people on social media every day. Some strangers match with our mentality and slowly they convert into our friends’ and then from friends to best and irreplaceable friends. I have seen people who share an amazing bond with their social media friends. They are the source of happiness for one another. Even shy people feel very comfortable with their social media friends.
AN INFORMATION CHANGER
I can surely say that social media has become the biggest platform on which people from the whole world change information with one another. I think it is spreading knowledge of different domains all over the world. People learn new things every single minute and only social media can convey knowledge and information this fast.
DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL AWARENESS
The biggest advantage of social media is that it raises awareness about social issues like corruption, verbal abuse, physical abuse, harassment, freedom, and many other issues of society. People have developed awareness to raise voice against these issues. People are getting aware of their rights. They are learning to raise voice for their rights with the help of different social platforms.
Another advantage is that social media helps to implement the law in a country. Let me explain it. If a person is found guilty of doing something wrong like stealing, harassing, or abusing, any person around him records his video. This helps to find the culprit and punish it according to law. Because of this, people are scared of doing such toxic things.
Now let’s have a look at the cons of social media.
SPREADING OF FALSE INFORMATION
It has been noticed that some toxic people spread false information and create turbulence in society. Some of these people do such things to gain the attention of people. We can say that they are attention grabbers. Some people want to make a fuss in the society. They feel happy by creating a disturbance in society. Social media is providing them a chance to mislead the masses by spreading their self-made information.
CAUSE OF DEPRESSION
It has been seen that the number of depressed teenagers is increasing day by day. As we know that bullying is closely related to depression. Many teenagers suffer from depression because of bullying. Now, besides bullying, social media is also causing depression. People make fun of others. Their looks, their accent, their color, and many other things. Teenage minds are being badly affected by this social bullying. Teenagers are suffering from depression because of social media.
Even adults are suffering from depression. I have seen many people who seem to be very happy on social apps like Facebook, Instagram, and many others but in real lives they are depressed. People are living different lives on social media as compared to real lives. They try to show that they are enjoying their lives but in reality, it’s all fake. They do not understand that there is no benefit of this fake social life.
“Social media has created jealous behavior over illusions. Sadly some are envious of things, relationships, and lifestyles that do not even exist”
FAKE SOCIAL MEDIA FRIENDS
As I have mentioned above, people are finding new friends through social platforms and it’s a very good thing but at the same time some people show themselves as your friends but in reality, they don’t even consider you a friend. Such toxic people can have bad effects on your mind. You should be very conscious when choosing friends. Teenage minds are not experienced enough to differentiate between a friend and a foe. Later this also causes depression in teenagers.
“People are more what they hide than what they show”
These were some pros and cons of social media that I have noticed. In the end, I want to say that there is nothing bad and nothing good. It is you to choose that either you will use it positively or negatively. There are millions of people using social platforms. The majority of them are using it positively and in a very good way. It is you who decides how to use a platform. Keep your brain positive and everything around you will seem to be positive.
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