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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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