This is one of those questions that has many pros and cons and could be debated till the cows come home and I personally have asked myself are social media sites good for our lives? Well yes and no…on one hand you have the latest breaking news and you are kept in the loop BUT..how often is that news false and is taken completely out of hand?
On social media sites like these , we may develop profiles, communicate with friends and strangers, do research, and share thoughts, opinions, photos, music, links, and more.
Social networking sites say that the online communities promote increased interaction with friends and family; offer teachers, librarians, and students valuable access to educational support and materials; help bring out social and political change; and help recieve useful information rapidly.
Now the problem with social media is that ” the sites prevent face-to-face communication; waste time on frivolous activity; alter children’s brains and behavior making them more prone to ADHD; expose users to predators like pedophiles and burglars; and spread false and potentially dangerous information”.
Now the thing that concerns me is how much time is spent on social media and not on the things that really matter like family, here are some stats.
According to a Dec. 2012 Nielsen “Social Media Report,” 20% of time spent on a home computer is on social media while 30% of mobile Internet time is spent on social networking sites. Total time spent on social media via mobile and home devices totalled 121 billion minutes in July 2012 (compared to 88 billion minutes in July 2011)…this blows my mind but I am not surprised as this is the way of our world!
I find social media in my life is a necessity…obviously! Social media is how I gather and share information so social media works very well in my life! But..it is very overwhelming to be reading all the negativity that is thrown your way over social networking sites like Facebook.
I couldn’t imagine being a kid these days, I really feel for all the kids out there that have to not only deal with bullying at school they have to deal with it at home through social media sites as well.
So back to the original question is it good for our lives? I will let you guys be the judge of that…
I leave you with a few stats that I found very interesting…
According to socialnetworking.procon.org-
Social networking sites are a top news source for 27.8% of Americans, ranking below newspapers (28.8%) and above radio (18.8%) and print publications (6%).
Students who used social networking sites while studying scored 20% lower on tests and students who used social media had an average GPA of 3.06 versus non-users who had an average GPA of 3.82.
35 global heads of state, every US Cabinet agency, 84% of US state governors, every major candidate for US President, and more than 40% of top global religious leaders are on Twitter.
10% of people younger than 25 years old respond to social media and text messages during sex.
In July 2012 Americans spent 74.0 billion minutes on social media via a home computer, 40.8 billion minutes via apps, and 5.7 billion minutes via mobile web browsers, a total of 121.1 billion minutes on social networking sites.