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Social Media, Are We Evolving Or Revolving Around It?

Social media has begun as an Internet-based platform that is extremely dynamic and vibrant. One of the most common terms we come across these days. It is the greatest platform of learning, awareness, and information. In this modern world, it has occupied a separate place and become a part and parcel of our life. Generally, social media is a group of websites or applications where we can share our thoughts, ideas, moments, and different information in no time. The world has been transformed with the introduction of social media. According to the latest report, there are approximately two Billion Social Media users in the world. More than 80% of people between the ages of 18 to 30 used at least one form of Social Media. In the world of today, social media is used to share information via the Internet with the help of modern devices like computers, tablets PCs, smartphones, etc.

Is there a need of social media?

Social media is a really convenient and important communication network for all the people nowadays. It plays an important role in education, economy, marketing, policy formulation, and politics, personal as well as in social life. There is no doubt about the dependability of humans on these sources of socializing that is why every business is using them to maximize their productivity and profits. It has the greatest impact on students and youth, indeed. It has proved to be an extremely useful platform that one can connect in millions of ways. Education is not an exception in using social media, depending largely on the print and electronic media for quite some time, but those media are expensive due to lesser availability, on the other hand, social media is inexpensive and easily available.

Advantages of Social Media

@ Today people use social media not only for personal communication and to share some information but also for business and propaganda.

@ This plays a great role in a person’s self-development and self-realization. It helps people improve communicative skills and have abilities to solve a great number of life problems.

@ Social Media platforms help students to carry out research work even when they are far from each other.

@ It is helping people (Especially Youngsters) to access new job opportunities as many local Business Organizations recruit their employees through Social Media Platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn etc.

@ Social Media is helping people to stay up to date with current technology updates in this age of rapid technological advancements which is a very good sign for us.

Disadvantages of Social Media

@The rise of this virtual social world could hinder a person’s ability to have a face to face conversation.

@ The excessive use of Social Media platforms distances us from our families more than we actually think. As convenient they look as much laziness they make us.

@ It can increase the risks of violence and sex abuse due to some sites. Teenagers, youth watch videos, read bad news will relate to negative action.

@ Social isolation can impair brain hormones, which is a reason why people experience tremendous levels of stress, anxiety, aggression, and other emotional issues.

@ One of the main disadvantages is the distraction in daily life. The majority of people could not go an hour without checking for updates.

Are We Addicted To Social Media?

For lots of people, it has become a part of their life and hard to live without the internet. To those who use it have changed the way of life. We live in a time when if someone doesn’t have a Face book or an Instagram, they are considered an outcast and looked down upon in one way or another. It is the best example of how these could be addictive. The problem comes when someone overspends their time on those platforms, as a result of this habit their lives are badly impacted in a negative way. This excessive usage can lead to addiction as well as impact people’s mental health, especially in teenagers.

Social media is a powerful tool to be used wisely, development, progress and prosperity can be achieved through a steady mind and time.

This is where Manas can help you, we provide psychological services for those people who need assistance with their problems.

Navadu Vidya, Child and Adolescent Psychologist

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