Social Media Good

Social Media Good

We hear a lot about the negative impacts of social media these days. In-spite of all of that a lot of social good is happening on social media. There is no doubt about the potential of social media to raise funds for worthy causes.

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Facebook for example has helped raise over $2 Billion dollars since 2015.

$1 Billion of that from birthday fundraisers.

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In 2018 Walmart reached its goal to raise $1 Billion for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals with its point-of-sale campaigns. To give it some perspective, as large as Walmart’s network is, they started this campaign in 1987.

Social justice movements are a lighting up social media these days with #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter to name a few. The causes they support are important issues that need to be addressed. Some will say that social media is polarizing our society, but I feel that the cause of these movements is the imbalance that already existed, social media is just the way things have come to the surface and brought people together.  

There is no doubt social media is a powerful tool to rally support to any worthy cause.

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Social media has also changed how we manage emergency response and relief according to Dina Fine Maron in her 2013 article How Social Media Is Changing Disaster Response – Scientific American. It has helped by getting emergency communications out but also to quickly organize relief and coordinate efforts, as well as reconnect loved ones in the aftermath of natural disasters.

It has brought fast attention to humanitarian crisis worldwide and helped communities come together and rebuild their lives. Social media can help on a local level as well with communities starting go fund me campaigns to support local people in need.

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The impact social media has on social good is measurable. It brings us together, helps us coordinate our efforts, raise funds for a good cause, and lobby for social change. It has opened so many doors for people to help each other and get involved. Whichever way you choose to contribute to a better world social media can help. How do you social good?

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References

People Raise Over $2 Billion for Causes on Facebook – About Facebook (fb.com)

Hessekiel, David Nov 25, 2019 Look Who’s Joined The Billion Dollar Social Impact Club (forbes.com)

Sharma, Rita December 6, 2017 Social Media as a Formidable Force for Change | HuffPost

Peters, Brian June 30, 2017 Top 10 Powerful Moments That Shaped Social Media History Over the Last 20 Years #SMDay (buffer.com)

Maron, Dina Fine June 7, 2013 How Social Media Is Changing Disaster Response – Scientific American

Facebook – Social media can contribute to social good. What impact has it had on you? Click Here

Twitter – Social media is catalyst for social change. How do you get involved? Click Here

How much social media is too much?

How much social media is too much?

Apps we use everyday like Facebook, Snapchat, G-MaiI and others are addictive by design. It is in any apps best interest that you keep coming back for more and are staying engaged longer, driving up their user statistics. Studies have shown that positive attention on social media triggers a dopamine response in our brains. It makes us feel good and the apps play on our psychology and give us what we want.

Wikipedia defines addiction as “a brain disorder characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli despite adverse consequences.”

While I do not consider myself a social media addict by any stretch, a few weeks ago I damaged my phone and really missed that instant contact with friends and family. It was only for a short period of time, but it made me take stock of my own habits. I could use my laptop to check in if I wanted, but I still felt cut off somehow.     

I was definitely feeling a bit of the FOMO!

– fear of missing out.

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Social media addiction is something that has come to light only recently and is still being studied. It is rare for someone to actually be addicted to social media, but I think it is important to be aware of our behavior and to keep things in perspective. Addiction to social media seems to be concentrated around our younger population and is something parents should be conscious of. Social media use is only a problem if it starts having a negative impact on your real life instead of enhancing it.

Dr. Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. lists 6 questions we should be asking ourselves in his article in Psychology Today “Addicted to Social Media?” . He also notes some other problematic behaviors caused by social media use that we should be mindful of.

Chocolate cake can be addicting and perhaps not good for you, in spite of being delicious. We don’t stop eating chocolate cake, we just moderate the amount of cake we eat. I use social media daily, and certainly miss it when I am cut off completely, but I don’t see it as a problem in my life.

Do you reach for your phone first thing in the morning too?

What are your social media vices?

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References

Definition Addiction – Wikipedia

Hilliard, J. (November 20, 2020) What is social media addiction? Addiction Center Social Media Addiction – Addiction Center

Legg, T.J., Ph.D, CRNP, medically reviewed and Cherney, K. author, (August 6, 2020) What is social media addiction? HealthLine Social Media Addiction: What It Is and What to Do About It (healthline.com)

Griffiths, M., Ph.D. (May 7, 2018) Addicted to Social Media? | Psychology Today

Facebook – What is your social media vice? bit.ly/39RGEJb

Twitter – Are we using too much social media? bit.ly/39RGEJb

Has anyone you know actually found a job on LinkedIn?

Has anyone you know actually found a job on LinkedIn?

In the middle of a pandemic I find myself in the same position as so many others. Looking for work, and to add to the challenge, relocating back to the city I left years ago.

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I have a LinkedIn profile but hadn’t really bothered to set it up and really didn’t use it. Like most I felt that it was for people looking for work and at the time I wasn’t interested in what the app had to offer. Or so I thought.

Recently, motivated by my situation, I logged in to my account and spent some time setting it up. There were a lot of people I knew here that I could connect with but only a handful of my former colleagues are on LinkedIn. It was disappointing that I am not able to connect with them again professionally. While I have maintained Facebook connections with many of my former colleagues it seems they will not be able to help grow my LinkedIn network, at least at this point in time.

Next, I looked for companies I was interested in working for. There were a few companies actively using the platform and I have opted to follow them. I think LinkedIn is a long game though and don’t expect immediate outcomes. But the right posting may come through.

LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 313 million members in over 200 countries and territories (Anfernee Chansamooth, 2017)

Overall, I like the features of the platform and appreciate its use as a networking tool, and career growth resource. There are so many articles offering tips to grow your network and establish those meaningful connections such as 9 expert-backed ways to use LinkedIn to find a job by Katie Warren- Business Insider.

The majority of the advice centers around uplifting your personal brand and increasing your profile in the market place. Resume 2.0 with built in connections.

Of the friends I’ve asked no one knows anyone who has found a job through LinkedIn directly. There is some great advice out there. but will it really help me find the employment I seek? Only time will tell.

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References

9 expert-backed ways to use LinkedIn to find a job Katie Warren Sep 4, 2018, 9:04 AM Business Insider

Why LinkedIn Is the Most Powerful Marketing Tool of the 21st Century Anfernee Chansamooth, Dec 06, 2017 Huffpost

Facebook – Has LinkedIn helped you find a job? https://bit.ly/3ms51jK

Twitter – Is LinkedIn a useful platform in every job market? https://bit.ly/3ms51jK

Social Media: How will it shape our future?

Social Media: How will it shape our future?

When I was a young adult the internet came to life. It was something amazing even as it was then. The screech of transmission and the anticipation of connection to the world. We had no way to know then how the internet would develop but the possibilities were endless.

Websites grew and improved, social media applications came online and we were hooked, by design as we know now. It became possible to share information faster, meet new people, and we got better and better at it. New technology and boundless human imagination have brought us to where we are today.

Over the last 20 years Social Media and our technology have become a part of our culture. We can no longer see the world without it. It is by our side 24/7.

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Social Media entertains us, keeps us connected with loved ones, drives our businesses forward, and even influence elections and other aspects of our lives.

Keeping pace with this evolving virtual world is a challenge for us as individuals and as a society. No one imagined the issues that are coming to light regarding social media’s impact on our mental health, or the little understood algorithms underneath these platforms that create all kinds of issues.

Regulation, social responsibility, and data rights and responsibilities must be a part of the next chapter for social media. Growing pains for the industry that has gone unregulated thus far.

With great power comes great responsibility, as they say. There is a large discussion underway that needs to be had. Who is driving the bus? Who should be driving the bus?

As a society we need to examine the power that is now in our hands, or rather at our fingertips. For our physical and psychological health we need to have a much better understanding of the impact a virtual reality tailored to our individual likes by algorithms has on our physical reality.

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We’ve created this new world and can decide what direction it takes. It seems there is still a lot of new ground to cover. What is the future for social media? Where will the next decade take us?

References

The Rise of Social Media by Esteban Ortiz-Ospina. Our World in Data

The Impact of Social Media: Is it Irreplaceable? – Wharton University of Pennsylvania

Do we Really Need to Start Regulating Social Media? by Andrew Arnold Forbes

Facebook: What is the next chapter for social media and Who’s driving the bus? Check out my thoughts on my blog.

Twitter: How will social media shape the next decade? Read my thoughts on my blog.