IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA

An article by Vinay Jason Haridas

Social media describes the interaction between groups or individuals in which they produce, share, and sometimes exchange ideas over the internet or virtual communities. It has become an unquestionable part of our everyday lives.

The impact of social networks on today’s youth is significant. Children are growing up surrounded by mobile devices and interactive social networking sites such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, which has made the social media a vital aspect of our life. Social networks are transforming the manner in which young people interact with their parents, peers, as well as how they make use of technology.

Its sites allow people to communicate and remain in contact with friends as well as meet new people.

The effects of social media are twofold. On the positive side, social networks can act as invaluable tools for professionals, by assisting young professionals to market their skills, seek business opportunities and share their ideas; they allow people to communicate with peers, relatives, friends, living in different cities and countries. On the negative side, the internet is laden with a number of risks associated with online communities. Cyber bullying, which refers to a type of bullying that is perpetrated using electronic technology, is one of the risks.

To sum up, social media takes a big part of our free time. Having forced the ways of communication out, they replaced hobbies and verbal communications. Despite all positive moments of social media, such as free means of communication, availability of audio and video material, speed of search and exchange of information, their influence on the consciousness and communicative skills of the youth has it’s negatives and positives.

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