Social media is a computer-based technology that facilitates the sharing of ideas, thoughts, and information through the building of virtual networks and communities. It is seen that over the past few years, social media has developed tremendously and has captured over millions of users worldwide.
The impact of social media on society is undeniable. Social media has entirely revolutionized and changed the manner in which we view ourselves today and interact with others too. While there are countless very interesting advancements in the social media technology, the negative implications of this revolution cannot be ignored. The overuse/misuse of social media is now a global problem impacting all generations and has been proven to hurt the emotional and mental health of people too. Every culture has a set of norms and values. It connects us to ourselves and the people around us. It also governs how we behave and carry ourselves in the world. Social media has become a massive part of our social interaction. Thanks to its emergence, we do not necessarily have to speak to a person to know what or how they are doing in life. In other words, there is substantially less “real-life” contact between individuals now. Social Media has played an exciting role in promoting trade and commerce around the world. In present times, almost all the brands, companies or services have a page on most social media platforms. It has become an indispensable platform for sharing information about products and services. It has given the opportunity to people to learn about companies, products, and services all around the world. If you look at e-commerce, the whole industry is highly dependent on social media. The more people can share news about their products; the more people learn about them and thus increase their business considerably.
The rise of social media has not only given rise to good things but has also created quite a few damaging ones. The rise of media has made not only the young generation but also the former generation more social and has thus, reduced the real-life communication between everyone. The more people indulge themselves in social media, the more they get addicted to it and try to avoid physical one-on-one with their families and friends. The high use of social media has increased the number of cyber crimes performed too. Cybercrime is just the same as a real-life crime conducted on a social media platform. Too much trust on social media has made people share their personal details, resulting in cyber criminals violating their privacy on social media platforms. Then some hackers contribute to cyber crimes. That is one way in which social media kills privacy very easily. The high use of social media has given rise to the excessive use of abbreviations and slangs everywhere, not only on social media but also in real life conversations. People have started using abbreviations to the extent that they have forgotten the correct way to use grammar or to strike up a conversation. Just to make one’s talk look “cool,” people make up their abbreviations and have started forgetting the correct way address, someone. It is a prevalent way in which social media has destroyed ancient languages. Social media addiction is very harmful. If a person gets addicted to social media, he/she can sit up for hours and hours without any real-life interaction which will be not only harmful to their eyes but also their mental health. The stunning lifestyle on the internet supports drug abuse by using terms such as “All cool people do drugs.” These kinds of statements influence the young teens to be a part of it.
Hence, it can be said that social media is a blessing to humanity if used appropriately and also a weapon of mass destruction if misrepresented.