Social Media

I wanted to do some advantages and disadvantages to social media. Some advantages are 1. Worldwide connectivity. No matter if you are searching for a former college roommate, your first grade teacher, or an international friend, no easier or faster way to make a connection exists than social media. These connections help with a variety of things such as: finding romance, seeking a new job, locating assistance, receiving support from like minded individuals, and accessing news in real time. In many ways, these social communities are the virtual equivalent of church socials where family and friends gather to exchange news and get updates. Even the age old custom of connecting with pen pals has been upgraded as private messages can be sent over social media. When it comes to getting information, few methods are faster than social media. 2. Invaluable promotional tool. Companies, artists, and musicians can reach an impossibly large and diverse amount of people using social media sites. This allows them to promote and market themselves and their products in a way that has never been seen before. 3. Information spreads incredibly fast. Breaking new and other important information can spread like wildfire on social media sites. Important things like recalls, storm information, or missing children are all communicated and taken seriously very quickly. 4. Helps to catch and convict criminals. People often do not think of the consequences of what they post of these social sites. Pictures of themselves doing illegal things, or even bragging posts about crimes they have committed are all things that law enforcement use to persecute these criminals. They also use these sites to identify and solve existing cases.

Some disadvantages are 1. Perpetuates false and unreliable information. Just like stated above, anything can spread to millions of people within hours or days on social media. This also, unfortunately, includes things that are false or made up. This information can cause panic and severe misinformation in society. 2. Causing major relationship problems. Online social interactions with social networking have not only been starting new relationships, but ending many others. It is very simple to communicate and share pictures or plans with a person on social media and keep it completely under wraps. This new temptation has been driving wedges into people’s real life, offline relationships, often time ending them for good. Social networking puts trust to the limit. 3. Used to profile and discriminate in the job world. Just about everyone has a social media account the shows what they look like, the type of life that they live, and how old they are. Employers are using this to their advantages is some very unsettling ways. Jobs that are looking for a certain criteria of person, but cannot legally express these criteria, are using social media to pre-screen their applicants. 4. The addiction is real. One of the biggest problems with the social media craze is that people are becoming more and more addicted to using it. It is the number one time waster at work, and at home. All of this has caused people to have literal withdraws from their social networks. Crazy!

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