Liking, Engaging, Commenting, & Following : Is This A Good Thing?
Social media and the internet have taken over so many aspects of our lives. An infinite amount of information is constantly available at people’s fingertips. There is now the ability to control appliances and different functions of your home from your smartphone. It’s astounding to see the abundance of friend and family updates being shared on every social platform imaginable. Is this always a good thing for your mental health and well-being?
At SGS, we regularly impress upon our audiences the various online dangers that may emanate into your home or personal life due to using the internet and social media. Overall, however, we’re a big proponent of using the internet, as well as social media, safely, because they can also benefit from the positive effects of social media. So, today, we’re exploring….
What Are The Positive Effects Of Social Media In A Person’s Life?
Social media can be used to educate.
Education no longer has to be a one-on-one activity. With the advent of YouTube and other video networking sites, a person can educate others on their subject expertise. This can have a much broader reach and appeal to a larger audience, too.
Social media can also be used to build awareness.
With individuals educating themselves differently than they did in the past, social media can keep people up to date about current events and stay on top of the latest developments.
Social media can be used to connect.
Life can be pretty isolating. With social media, it’s easy to stay connected with old friends and make new ones (responsibly, of course!). By connecting with people who have similar interests to your own, you can increase your own quality of life.
Social media inspires creativity and innovation.
Because the nature of social media involves active participation and sharing unique content, individuals who use these sites often try to be more creative and innovative in response to this need. Not only does the content itself prove the creative nature of these individuals, but new applications and platforms emerge regularly for creating and sharing that content.
Social media gives an individual the ability to hone their skills that are relevant in the real world.
On sites like YouTube, users can watch and learn from a wide variety of experts in almost any given field, and hone different skills to complete projects themselves, and sometimes learn more than they would in a traditional classroom setting.
In addition, because communication is such an important skill, we’d like to highlight that social media and interacting with others on the internet can mean more practice in communication for those individuals that need to hone their talking points but may feel shy in a public setting.
Social media can lead to more confidence and a sense of independence.
As people jump online and get more involved with their peers on social media, they can experience increased confidence and independence as they learn how to share their opinions respectfully, responsibly, and safely. When one’s character is molded to be more confident and independent online, chances are that it will eventually transfer over into their daily lives, too.
Social media speeds up communication.
Families and friends don’t have to wait to distill news items any longer. One quick post - even with just a selected audience - can get the word out ASAP.
Social media can be used to promote yourself.
Whether it’s a student who wants to impress a school admissions counselor, or an adult who wants to impress a potential employer, social media can be used to promote the things you’re most proud of that you’ve accomplished. Praise, accolades, awards, scholarships, new jobs, projects you’ve finished… These all can be a part of your digital tattoo, and they’re all positive effects of social media.
Smart Girl Society, Inc., is an Omaha-based nonprofit working to educate and inspire smart and confident girls, women, and families. Through educational workshops, civil outreach programs, and technology and social media research, SGS works with girls, parents, and educators to promote authenticity on social media and in real life. SGS educates how to remain safe on social media and how to avoid becoming a target of sextortion. SGS also inspires action for students to focus on their personal brand development, leadership, educational opportunities, and healthy social skills.