What would your world be without social media?
This question brings about so many opinions. Some answers lead towards social media as something that is not necessary and something that negatively contributed to society, while other answers lead towards social media as something good, as a positive contribution to the development of society. So is social media a bad thing? Or a good thing?
Many claim that social media has negatively changed the way people communicate. That it has led to isolation, addiction, and social issues. They argue that social media is something that generally contributed less to society. These people claim that a false sense of connection has been brought where it has been more difficult to distinguish between the meaningful relationships we foster in the real world, and the numerous casual relationships formed through social media. It has endangered face-to-face communication because more time is spent on social media sites rather than socializing in person.
I, on the other hand, believe that social media has provided a great way to connect and keep in touch with people. Social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube make it possible to connect people who share interests and activities across political, economic, and geographic borders. Engaging in social media does not bring about a false sense of connection but rather, a different manner of connecting with people. It is not necessarily a false sense of connection just because of some of the relationships formed online are casual. Think of how many people lost friends before the age of the Internet simply because of the place-based barriers to communication. Social media builds long-lasting relationships because of its convenient way to keep in touch with people no matter how much geographic distance or cultural confusion stands in the way.
Social media also allows you to communicate in an easier, faster, and more effective manner. We are given a chance to communicate to a wider audience and an easier way to contact our family, circle of friends, and other people. While social media interactions differ from face-to-face interactions in important ways, they nonetheless function as a sustainable and convenient channel for interaction.
With these presented, it is clear that social media has positively contributed to the development of society. It has provided a great way to connect and keep in touch with people, a faster way of communicating, and a more accessible manner of sharing and gathering information. Yes, one can argue that it is endangering face-to-face communication but the pros outweigh the cons. And I would like to bring up the question again, what would your world be without social media? With the world we have today, can you still say that it has generally contributed negative things to society? With the good and bad effects it brings, we know that social media is here to stay. It has changed society. It has developed society.
Anna Bettina F. Soriano