Social or Unsocial Media?

Social media, the very purpose of its creation was to allow the world to become closer, more interconnected. This is true and thus it has achieved its purpose. However, it has also scattered the world in regards to its more localised setting. It has caused some individuals to become more reclusive and involved in the digital world, sometimes affecting their relationship with others in their physical surroundings. However, this is not always the case; it’s more based upon the individual and thus, if used correctly, can have many positives involved with it.

Togetherness:

The very nature of social media can indeed bring towards people on a large level that has never been completed before. It brings these people together on a global scale, allowing folk to enter discussions, share ideas and promote their work on a larger level. This allows freelancers and other similar individuals to promote their work to a greater audience and perhaps by doing so, gain more traffic towards their work.

Social media can also bring family and friends together, allowing communication to be present between both parties while around the world. This is also apparent in relationships, allowing long distance relationships to be easier to be attempted through the use of applications such as Skype, Messenger and Instagram. These very applications purpose is based upon allowing its users to share content and stay in touch with “friends”, a very positive purpose.

An example of this positivity is also shown through Facebooks Safety Check feature which allows users to mark that they are safe during a crisis, a reminder of social media’s purpose.

Loss of physical awareness:

The loss of environmental awareness is an issue that can become apparent, however once again it is dependent upon who the individual is whether they exhibit any characteristics of reclusiveness. This issue though can be mostly relationship affecting in a negative manner as it can cause individuals to limit physical interaction with those they are around and instead become consumed within the social media platform that they are currently consuming. My only response to such a concern is to limit the time that you are present in social media and make sure that it does not affect your physical relationships.

Although social media can have negative concerns, I believe that it is mostly positive in its nature and should be used freely, however, individuals should be aware not to let the digital space affect their physical space. If used correctly, social media is a positive creation, and its positives far outweigh its negatives.

 

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