Pros and Cons of Social Media

May 26, 2015 | 0

Networking over social media is a global phenomenon. Some of the pros and cons of social media are listed below.

Pros of social media

Some of the common pros of social media are listed below:

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  • Networking: One of the best advantages of social media is the fact that it allows people to connect and interact with others. It helps people remain updated about the lives of their friends and distant family members. Increased visibility on social media allows acquaintances and old friends to track you down, thereby renewing long-lost friendships.
    • Social media can also be used for professional networking. You can come to know about new and better job opportunities or help others in finding jobs or professionals. For example, if you know a software professional and one of your other friends needs a programmer, then you can use social media to acquaint the two of them, thereby helping both.
    • Among varied things, social media can help find romance, give and get service and product referrals, locate assistance, receive or give personal and career advice, get and give support to like-minded people, and lots more!
    • Event organization: Social media allows and facilitates users to easily organize events and send invites to friends and acquaintances, with just a single click of the mouse! The option of easy categorization of friends on social media allows users to contact all group members at one go. Thus, if you want to party at a particular place, then you can send invites to friends located in your geographical area and have a gala time.
    • Increased speed of news cycle: The advent of social media has led to a revolution in the news cycle speed. As a result, numerous news corporations have tied-up with different social media websites to share and collect information. The goings-on across the globe can now be easily gauged as per the trending topics on social media, thereby leading to rapid spread of information and news.
      • Easy access to international media can also help users get help from different departments. For example, if a user gets illegally detained in a foreign country, then he/she can tweet about it and all will know, eventually leading to increased governmental and diplomatic efforts to get you released.
      • Free advertising and promotion: All kinds of professionals, including business owners, writers, artists, musicians, and actors, etc., can promote and advertise their products and services on social media for free. Users can even create special pages to spread information about their work. Companies can also go for paid advertisements, but that’s a different matter altogether.
        • Established artists, musicians, etc. can use social media to interact with their fans and also offer updated information about their concerts, gallery viewings, new clothes line, etc.
        • Applications: Social media also acts as a platform for a variety of different applications, ranging from games and quizzes to restaurant and movie review apps. International connectivity of social media means that you can play games with other users living at the other end of the globe.
        • Friends with common interests: Social media allows users to pick and choose the people they want to add as friends. Thus, users can build a network and interact with people who share similar likes and dislikes. You can also join varied groups and communities made up of people with similar interests and like-minded individuals. As the medium is digital, users can easily attend the meetings of such groups without having to be physically present at a specific place.

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Cons of social media

The pros of social media far outnumber the cons. Listed below are a few common cons of social media:

  • Reduced direct interaction: One of the main cons of networking over social media is the fact that it reduces direct face-to-face interaction with others. In a virtual world, users can be whoever they desire to be and live a fantasy life. They can also easily block or unfriend people that they do not like. This eventually results in reduced or deficient skills in building and maintaining relationships as well as in efficiently resolving conflicts.
    • Teenagers are at that stage of life when they are just learning to interact with others, and hence are most vulnerable to this adverse side effect of social media networking. Excessive exposure to social media will eventually lead to deficient development of social skills which can then hamper their future career and life prospects.
    • Cybercrimes: Social media requires people to create a profile in which they need to share personal information. If personal data is not shared, then others cannot find you, which in turn defeats the entire purpose of networking over social media. Sharing of personal details over social media however increases the risk to being subjected to online scams, frauds, identity theft, and stalking, etc.
      • People can use your information and create a fake profile on social media which is then used by them to malign your name.
      • Scammers on social media can trick users into downloading viruses, malware, and other malicious software onto the computers
      • Your social media account can get hacked. Hackers can then use your account for fraudulent purposes.
      • Children are most vulnerable to cyber bullying and other cybercrimes. They can easily get exposed to pornography and other unsuitable content.
      • Major social media corporations access your personal information and sell them to others, thereby invading your privacy. Use of third-party applications on social media sites allows the vendors of such apps to access your information and use it for commercial purposes.
      • The above listed adverse effects of networking over social media can cause stress and other psychological issues in users.
      • Non-constructive work: Most users of social media are teenagers and young adults. It is often used for interacting with friends and goofing around, rather than for any constructive purpose. A lot of users are also addicted to such sites and non-access to it can cause distress and other problems in addicted individuals. Addiction as well as excess exposure to social media can then take a toll on the health, work, and academics of users.
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