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Social media has long since been branded as hazardous to our mental and physical health. Social media has it’s pros and cons. It can have an extremely negative effect on you and your mental health. For those within a certain age bracket, it’s seen as something akin to the fall of socialization. But today, we will be talking about the benefits of social media.
We constantly hear about children and teenagers becoming addicted to social media. Adults missing the world around them because their nose is stuck in their phones. But what about the positive side of social media?
I am not trying to ignore the negatives of social media but the fact is social media does have really amazing advantages too. If we look beyond the addiction and online trolls, social media has shaped the 21st century into a more inclusive place to be. Here are some benefits of social media.
Social media is a great way to raise awareness, bring communities together and help the less fortunate
Before the use of the internet and social media, we all seemed so far away. America, Japan, England, Finland and so many other countries were all divided by oceans, lands and borders. But with the use of social media and the internet, we are able to raise awareness for issues that would otherwise be limited by location. By using social media, we can reach each other, spread information. And reach like minded people who can help spread awareness among their communities and so on.
We are able to keep in touch with our loved ones, arrange online catchups. And even play virtual games during this lockdown.
With so much of the world in lockdown at different times and for various levels of COVID-19, many of us have become separated from our family and peers. And with the current state of things here in the UK, our isolation isn’t set to end anytime soon. The internet and social media have become a way for us to socialize, catch up and even watch movies while staying safely apart.
Zoom has become the number one go-to video chatting application for social catchups to business meetings. Instagram, Facebook and Twitter also deserve honourable mentions for helping us keep in touch. And meet like minded people who are able to help and support us. Some of the most trusting and inspirational people I know were found via social media!
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Finally, although not specifically social media, as an avid gamer, I find the use of online resources helpful in finding gaming partners. There are various places online to connect and even chat with gamers worldwide. I have met so many people through my love for Animal Crossing and The Sims. I am on various community groups on social media where I can chat about games, get information, tips, advice and even swap friend codes.
Of course this is all done from a safe distance. And, as an adult, I am aware of the danger of meeting other’s online. If you have a teenager or even a child who frequently games with other’s online, I suggest that you keep an eye on their activity. Have a chat with them about online safety and take interest in what they are doing without being overly critical.
Social media can be a welcome distraction from the outside world or a devastating realization into the world around us.
Social media has acted as a means for me to distract myself from the on-goings around me. But it’s also been there to remind me of the harsh realities of the world around us. Without it, I doubt I would be kept as informed as I am. I avoid the news at all costs, and have long since stopped trusting state funded news reports.
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So various social media platforms and online sources have been a direct link to COVID-19 news, election updates and even any new information being spread in regards to mental health services in my local area.
In regards to acting as a distraction, by frequently visiting social media and getting to know others online, I have been able to build a small support network. The support network is usually biased and helps distract me just by chatting about things other than what’s on my mind!