Social media is a force to be reckoned with. It has changed the way we communicate and how we consume and share media. It’s a new year, so let’s take a look at the top 5 pros and 5 cons of social media in 2019 for teens… even their parents.
1. Connecting People and Building an Online Community
This is what social media was intended for. Connecting people and building an online community was Facebook’s mission. It allows you to share valued content with your social network, which allows us to connect around shared interests.
2. It Provides a Platform to Communicate Regardless of Geography
Social media has shrunken the world, bringing people together in ways that were previously unheard of. Now, you can find and meet people from anywhere in the world, connected solely by your interests on a more intimate, friendly platform.
3. It Can Be Used to Mobilize Groups, Movements, and More
Without social media, movements such as Black Lives Matter and #MeToo wouldn’t have had the kind of exposure that they actually achieved. Users are swift and savvy, pushing for causes they believe in across their social channels at a time when a single tweet can change the world.
4. It Can Help Improve Your Professional Network
Whether it’s job hunting or collaborating with other professionals, social media now plays a more significant role in business. With 92% of companies reporting that they use social media for recruiting, it makes sense to be active and professional on social media. Teens can get a jumpstart on their career plans by creating a LinkedIn account and connecting with professionals that they admire most.
5. It Helps Fuel the Global Economy
According to Media Marketing found that global social media ad spending will hit $50 billion in 2019. The amount of revenue generated via social media in 2018 exceeded $23 billion, which proves that social media can have a huge impact on the global economy.
1. It’s Become a Hotbed for Marketers and Advertisers
In his book Culture of Connectivity: A Critical History of Social Media, José van Dijck explores how once social media could be monetized, marketing and advertising professionals began using it to target audiences and push branded content across this new medium. Over a decade later, social media advertising is ubiquitous and better targeted than ever thanks to all your data. Sometimes this is a blessing… and sometimes it’s a horror.
2. User Data Is Collected, Exploited, and Sometimes Compromised
Recent revelations surrounding the collection, leaking, and sharing of user data by Facebook perfectly illustrates one of the greater dangers of using social media. While Zuckerberg likely regrets getting caught and vows to do better, all signs point to this issue only becoming worse.
3. It’s Been Shown to Be an Addiction for Some People
Various studies have confirmed that social media addiction is all to real and is becoming more prevalent. Research by Mark D. Griffiths at Nottingham Trent University suggests that “the excessive use of new technologies (and especially online social networking) may be particularly problematic to young people”.
4. It Can Cause Depression and Anxiety
While social media can be an effective outlet for some, research from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) has shown that it can also cause anxiety and depression. This is of particular concern with children and teens.
5. It Can Be Used to Disseminate Fake content and/or Propaganda.
Sharing content is the backbone of social media’s popularity, but what happens when it’s fake content or propaganda. Ever since the FBI uncovered Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 Presidential election using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, it’s become apparent that social media can be a dangerous landscape and we are vulnerable.
Reviewing these, did you notice how social media has been either a pro or con for you? If so, what was the pro or con? What was your experience using social media? Do you feel that social media is more of a pro or con for you? Let us know in the comments.