There is no question that social media is one of the biggest influences on the lives of people in society in the twenty-first century. A lot of the coverage regarding social media in the press is negative. It more often than not depicts social media as one of the largest contributors to the rise of mental illness in young people, and as a place for people to upload uncensored hatred on the web for all to see. Although when misused, social media does have its negatives, what about the positive impacts that social media has had on our society since its rise to prevalence?
It’s Helped Us to Connect
Although a lot of people believe that social media has caused people to disconnect from the real world around them, in a lot of ways, social media has also helped us to connect in a way that’s faster and easier than ever before.
When you think about it, it’s pretty amazing. You’re as little as a click and a message away from millions of people all over the world, just because you’re a part of the social media phenomenon. This means it’s easier than ever before to make new friends and meet like-minded people over the web – it’s even revolutionised the way that we date! Although using social media platforms for this purpose should be exercised with caution, as you don’t know exactly who you’re talking to until you talk in person/via video link, it’s pretty cool when you think about it.
It’s particularly helpful for those with family in different parts of the world, or perhaps people trying to make a long distance relationship work. Think about people trying to communicate despite time differences, and distance affecting the cost of simply texting or phoning someone. By having the power to upload photos and send messages at ease, you manage to stay in each other’s lives despite being hundreds, or even thousands of miles apart. When you think about how far we’ve come since having to send letters and postcards, it’s pretty amazing.
It’s Helped to Revolutionise the Way we Conduct Business
Not only has social media helped us in the way we communicate for please, but it’s changed and expanded the ways in which we can conduct business too. It’s helped us to be able to contact all demographics, and our businesses can now reach far and wide. We can even make business transactions with the help of social media.
For example, if you were looking to sell up your home, did you know that we can actually use social media to help us to sell property nowadays, and that so many quick sale companies use branches of social media in order to conduct business and advertise properties, for example companies such as readysteadysell.co.uk. Not only this, but many people actually use their own social media accounts as a means of advertising the links to their properties that they’re selling. Providing you’ve got good quality pictures and you’re targeting your posts at the right audience; you can’t go far wrong.
It Can Help to Build Communities
Okay so this is a strange one, but hear it out. People think that social media and smartphones simply take away from community spirit and socialising, but have you ever considered that it actually does the opposite?
Have you ever seen those groups on Facebook that are dedicated to residents in a certain smaller area? It’s the place where people will share about any sort of neighbourhood problems, missing pets, local fairs and other similar things. Because of people of so many ages now being a part of social media networking, it can help the community to thrive and connect people of all ages. Local fairs and charity events possibly wouldn’t get the intake of people that they do at present if it wasn’t for groups like this on social media, and that’s something that’s worth remembering.
Last but not least, think about the ways in which social media is used to promote and raise money for certain charities. If you didn’t already know, there is even a function where you can raise money for charity on your birthday, simply by using Facebook, and they’ll even donate. All you have to do is advertise it and say instead of a present or a drink, that your online friends can donate to the charity of your choice. Tools like this that are readily available on social media, can surely be seen as nothing other than a positive.