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    Social media is ever on the increase in terms of use, and it does have a number of pros such as connecting with family or friends who are far away, and has even been able to spread awareness of political issues and important happenings around the world.

    It does, however, come with a number of disadvantages too; social media has been alleged to have negative impact on people's emotional wellbeing, and it can cause the faster spread of things like #FakeNews.

    But what do you think - does social media help or harm society? Why?
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    Both..

    remember, there's always a good side and a bad side for everything...it depends on the users...their mindset/attitude/behaviour....
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    Bad.

    It gets people in trouble, spreads lies and misinformation like the plague, distracts young people, and rewards vanity and other vices. Plus people spend far too much of their time on social media.

    The world would honestly be better off without Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. At least YouTube has a little more creativity and entertaining content.

    That episode of Black Mirror is my nightmare.
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    Aren't forums technically a type of social media..? Or are we talking solely social networks here...

    I think it's a little bit of both. It's useful in that it's cheap and allows connections to be made and maintained easily, but there are lots of issues. There are social-political issues like the Russian ads and constant echo chambers in e.g. Facebook groups There are privacy issues. And there's the debatable devaluing of friendships and real life social networks...
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    Neither. It just exists like tv, internet, news etc. It's the people that use it that doing good or bad, not the thing itself.

    Eg. Vehicles run people over, but they also take people to hospital. If something is made whose sole intention is not to harm people then it is inherently neither good or bad.
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    (Original post by AmeliaLost)
    Aren't forums technically a type of social media..? Or are we talking solely social networks here... .
    I supposed TSR technically counts, which makes this some kind of Inception question! :eek:
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    In general good, however I think that the ubiquitousness and virtual monopoly that some social media sites (particularly Facebook, Youtube and Twitter) allows private companies an undue influence on what information we have easy access to and hence represents a threat to a free abd fair society.

    That however is a much bigger issue than social media.
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    In the world we live in today, social media is a huge factor in our day-to-day tasks, according to an article on the website of BBC http://www.bbc.com/future/story/2018...d-the-unknowns three billion people spend an average of two hours a day on some sort of social media platform. Two hours a day can add up in a short amount of time, think of all the other productive things Americans can be doing rather than being on social media. Some of the most popular social media platforms include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. All of these social media outlets can take a huge toll on a person no matter the age. Anxiety, stress, depression, and many more moods that are significant can really cause harm to a person when they are involved in social media. In the business insider http://www.businessinsider.com/faceb...health-2017-12 a study was done were people were assigned to read about another person on Facebook for 10 minutes and they were being compared to people who actually interacted with people for 10 minutes. The study shows that the people who were on social media actually were in a worse mood after the 10 minutes were up. Comparison of others is a negative impact that social media has on all people. Most social media accounts are not really ones true self, the account shows the person in every perfect moment in their lives. The profile includes all the highlights but what the viewers do not see are all the troubles that the person is facing in their day-to-day life. People get so focused on comparing themselves to the people of social media when in reality the people on social media are just people and are nowhere close to perfect. Another huge issue with social media is cyberbullying. An example of cyberbullying includes, a teenager posting a picture on Instagram of something they enjoy doing and another person comments something extremely rude on the picture. This could be very traumatic for the person who posted the picture. This is one very mild case of cyberbullying but there are many other awful forms. Cyberbullying would not be a problem if social media were not so prominent in our lives. Thinking back on how our grandparents communicated with each other is crazy to think about; even our parents did not have near the amount of technology and social media outlets as we do now. They lived a much happier and stress free life. Each person was their own individual self they did not look to social media to compare themselves to other people as the newest generation does today. The older generations were forced to talk face to face if they wanted to talk to someone. Today if a teenager wants to talk to a friend, they easily have access to communicate. Some teenagers will talk behind the screen but when it comes talking face to face they have no idea how to interact. The only positive outcome that comes from social media is keeping in touch with old friends and being able to know what is happening in their lives. Without social media, people would not be able to do this. In conclusion, social media is a very harmful tool to our society.
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    (Original post by sulaimanali)
    Both..

    remember, there's always a good side and a bad side for everything...it depends on the users...their mindset/attitude/behaviour....
    That would be a subjective good or a subjective bad though - not an objective good or objective bad.

    If someone thinks it's OK to slam shopping trollies in to strangers to try to kill them, they could subjectively say it's a good because it gets them noticed by people who'd previously ignored them. But objectively, the action itself was a physical harm.
 
 
 
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