The Pros and Cons of Social Media

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Social media can be really beneficial in both your personal and work life. In your work life, it can help you network with others and get your name or brand recognition, which can help you flourish. In your personal life, social media can allow you to stay in touch and up to date with family members that may live far away, or high school friends you haven’t seen in a long time. As much as these are all pro’s, has it come too far? Are their also con’s to the chaos of social media because of how disconnected we are from others? Are we putting less work into things because all of our answers are readily available online without us having to do much research? I’m curious to hear what your thoughts are on this matter.

 Below I am going to discuss with you the pro’s and con’s of social media and if I have missed any, please feel free to comment some pro’s and con’s you have in the comments section below.

PRO’S

  • It is an easy way to communicate with other people and easily accessible.
  • Social media is a great place to network, build your brand and gain attention from viewers because of how many people use it. 
  • It is cost effective. Huge social media app’s such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube do not cost anything to sign up and use so it’s almost like free marketing. 
  • You receive feedback right away, which is great for business. 

CON’S

  • Social media can take up hours and hours of your time and can be very draining and distracting from the real world.
  • Privacy concerns. Once you post something it is out there for the world to see and even if you erase, chances are it can still be out there floating around online through the web.
  • Bullying, stalking, peer pressure and many other concerning matters are at a high risk when it comes to social media. 
  • Identity theft. People could steal your information, profile, and even your banking information. 

Below is a link to an article that weighs the advantages and disadvantages of social media. When I first came across this article, what stood out to me was the large picture of the scale that reads “Advantages” and “Disadvantages.” As you can see on the scale, advantages are higher than disadvantages which indicates to me that there are more pro’s than there are con’s. Do you agree with this ? Again, feel free to comment in the comments section, as I would love to hear your thoughts. 

As you can see, there are many pro’s and con’s to social media. I believe it is all in what we make of it. For example, being cautious with our personal information, only accepting friend request from people that we know, using privacy settings, monitoring our daily social media intake and ensuring we are not on it too much. Like any thing in our life, there are always pro’s and con’s but it is up to ourselves to decide if the bad outweighs the good and vice versa. 

Why are there so many pro’s and con’s to social media? https://bit.ly/2SvB2JC

How can social media work to our advantage and our disadvantage ? #socialmediabenefits https://bit.ly/2SvB2JC

10 thoughts on “The Pros and Cons of Social Media

  1. Great blog, Kira! Even though it is an integral part of my current job, I have a real personal fear that social media is making us more distanced even though we have never been more “connected” with one another.

    • I’m glad I am not alone in my fear!! As you said we have never been more ” connected ” with one another but the connection is through social media, texting, and our phone apps so I wonder if maybe we aren’t as connected as we think? Theres a lot to think about most definitely which is why I try to limit my social media time and ensure it does not get in the way of quality time with friends and loved ones.

      Thanks!

  2. Hello Kira,

    I really enjoyed reading your blog post, it’s hitting the nail on the effects of social media, however there is another aspect of it which is negative imitation and effecting the behavior of the young users. It’s becoming a major issue in the society where unaware users at being affected by the social media. What do you think of that?

    Another point I would like to highlight is the actual “connecting” job that SM dose! I wish it still connects people not getting them away from the social gatherings and hangouts!

    Thank you for sharing this post it’s really good!

    Khadije

    • Hi Khadije,

      Thank you so much for your feedback. I really like the point you made about social media negatively impacting young users. I am 29 years old and social media has affected me mentally. I see images of beautiful people, living their best life and I sometimes think to myself, why can’t my life be like that? Or why don’t I look like that? I quickly remind myself that social media is a place to post what we want other people to see and is an escape from the real world in a sense. It is important, especially for young users, to know that each and every one of us are beautiful and unique in our own way, and not everything we see or read online is true or even “real.” Hope this makes sense. Great point!!

      -Kira

  3. Hi, great blog summary of pros and cons of social media. I find that we often perceive anyone who shuns social media as old or out of touch. In reality, most people have little awareness of the frequency with which they check their phones and even less awareness of the impacts it causing to their families. It’s important to keep social media usage in check.

    • Hello,

      Thank you so much for your feedback. I couldn’t agree more that it is important to keep track of our social media usage. I have had days where I have been guilty of being on my phone too often, scrolling through instagram. Sometimes it gets the best of me and I find myself less productive so I always try to limit myself and ensure it does not get in the way of any other important tasks I had to do for the day.

      Thanks,

      Kira

  4. hi Kira,
    great post and summary of the pros and cons of social media. I tend to agree with you that it is what we do with it that matters.. that said, I do fear for young people and kids who are inexperienced and might not be aware of the negatives of these new, shiny, and cool on-line tools – toys. Social media is a trend for them, a connection with the outside world and the new cool and shiny thing, but the impact it has on their real-life social skills and behaviours is to be seen. I feel, my generations, millennial in particular are shield from the cons because we know what’s like not to have Internet, smart phones and Facebook. But for someone that has grown up in this environment, it is unimaginable to related to others if not through social media channels. If you asked them, they might even be more comfy behind the screen than in person and to me that’s scary and dangerous!
    That is why I feel there must be some sort of education for young adults on social behaviour, on and off line, to learn what’s appropriate and what not, what’s allowed and what not, and how to protect themselves from dangers

    Thanks for the insightful blog as always!
    m.

    • Thank you so much for your feedback and response. I fear for the younger generation as well. The internet can be a dark and scary place with many temptations and pressures. I strongly feel, just like you, that there should be education in place in regards to social media so that the younger kids are aware and have an understanding as to what they need to steer away from, how much they should limit sharing personal information and locations with others, and much more.

      Thank you!!

      -Kira

  5. i am totally agree that there are more cons then pros as there are more cyber crises are increasing younger people are being affected. they are not real on social media. i really like your blog. thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you for your feedback 🙂 I am glad you enjoyed my blog! Many of us are affected by social media which is why I try to limit my time on it because it can be quite consuming!

      -Kira

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