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Pros and Cons of Social Media

Pros and Cons of Social Media



so I guess you came here to see a video on social media but first let me take a selfie in the past decade the number of people using social media has skyrocketed when Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg a student at Harvard University just 10 years ago its use was limited to Harvard students since it became available for any user over 13 in the world just eight years ago in 2006 the website has acquired 1 billion three hundred and ten million users worldwide making it the most widely used website in history the fastest growing demographic of Facebook users is the 45 to 55 year old age group also rapidly increasing our the number of businesses both large and small creating Facebook accounts to promote their products and services nearly any big name in music sports and movies that you could think of has a Facebook Twitter or Instagram page for users to like and follow it's pretty obvious that we spend quite a bit of our time on social media but does age play into it research has shown that 18 to 24 year olds spend three point eight hours on social media 35 to 49 year olds spend 3 hours and 50 to 64 year olds spend 2.4 hours judging from new statistics it appears that younger individuals are the most captivated by social media social media definitely has its ups and downs social media can support communicating with people you haven't spoken to in a while allowing conversations over long distances people can also use social media to share info such as homework assignments photographs or simply spreading the word on a certain topic finally social media can be used to publish business and event details for example if someone hosts a birthday party he or she can post the event details on a Facebook group page that only the guests can see as fun and useful as social media can be it has many serious issues as well let's start with the invasion of privacy whenever someone posts a picture or a status update all of their friends can see it this also includes accounts that appear to be safe that are secretly predators also there is the concept of cyberbullying although insults on pictures and status updates can be deleted the victim still sees them this type of abuse can lead to depression and even suicide when we constantly see people post pictures on their Instagram accounts of glamorous vacations and shots of them with their boyfriend or girlfriend we start to feel what is called FOMO the fear of missing out this causes anxiety and makes people think that they are not having an enjoyable life because they only see the appealing photos posted by their friends furthermore people can feel a pressure to fit in by dressing and behaving like the people they see on social media if they don't have a social media account and don't post the right things on it they just might be ignored by their friends similar to magazines and television social media can potentially cause drops and self esteem and distorted self-image in people especially girls by subjecting them to unrealistic beauty standards considering that social media can really make life difficult and cause unnecessary stress it can be a great tool if we choose to correctly use it without addiction

14 thoughts on “Pros and Cons of Social Media

  1. Hola. Acá mi intento de escribir lo que dice el vídeo ya que lo necesité para una tarea. Espero y le sirva a alguien algún día. (Lo que está encerrado en _ es porque no lo entendí legiblemente.

    In the past decade, the number of people using social media has increased abruptly. When Facebook was founded by mark zuckerberg a student at harvard university just 10 years ago, its use was limited to Harvard students. Since it became available for any user of the world just 8 years ago in 2006, the website has acquired 1 billion 3 hunderd and ten million users worldwide making it the most widely used website in history. The fastest growing demographic of Facebook users is the 45 – 55 year old age group. Also rapidly increasing are the number of businesses both large and small creating facebook accounts to promote their products and services. Nearly any big name in music, sports and movies that you can think of has a facebook, instagram, twitter page for users to like and follow. It's pretty obvious that we spent quite a bit of our time on social media, but does age play into it? Research has shown that 18-24 year old spend 3.8 hours on social media, 35-49 year old spent 3 hours and 50-64 year old spend 2.4 hours. Judging from the statistics it appears that younger individuals are the most captivated by social media. Social media definitely has its ups and downs, social media can support communicating to people you have not spoken in awhile, allowing conversations over long distances. People can also use social media to share info, such as homework assignments, photographs or simply spreading the word on a certain topic. Finally, social media can be used to publish events and details, for example, if someone hosts a birthday party he or she can post the event details on a facebook group page that only the guests can see. As fun and useful as social media can be, it has many serious issues as well. Let's start with the invasion of privacy, whenever someone posts a picture or status update, all of their friends can see it this also include accounts that appear to be safe but are secretly predators. Also, there is the concept or cyberbullying, although insults and pictures in status updates can be deleted, the victim still sees them, this type of abuse can lead to depression and even suicide. When we constantly see people post pictures on their instagram accounts of glamorous vacation and shots of them with their boyfriend or girlfriend, we start to feel what is called FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) this causes anxiety and makes people think that they are not having and enjoyable life because they only see the appealing photos posted by their friends. Furthermore, people can feel a pressure to fit in by dressing and behaving like the people they see on social media. If they don't have a social media account and don't post the right things on it they just might be ignored by their friends. Similar to magazines and television, social media can potentially cause drops in self-esteem _and disturb the self image of people_, especially girls, by subjecting them to unrealistic beauty standards. Considering that social media can really make life difficult and cause unnecessary stress, it can be a great tool if we choose the correctly use without addiction.

  2. If we use Social media sites properly, there will be lot of things to learn. At the same time we should be careful while posting in particular bookmark sites.

  3. actually I have to speak about con's of social media and…this helped me a lot… thank you sooooo much .

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