Media Negative Effects

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Technology has, for generations, been the center of controversial arguments in regards to how it, both positively and negatively, affects society. Specifically, social media, which has clearly shown to have connected humans together on a global scale, is also claimed to have a negative impact on the lives of active users. However, I believe that social media has an overall positive effect on people’s lives. Some users even report that using social media decreases stress levels and improves their social standings. Social media is a great way for information to spread, which is beneficial in a number of cases. Many problems that seem to derive from social media are actually a result of something completely unrelated to the social media platform …show more content…
It is typically assumed that social media is directly responsible for this. However, this stress is more related to the increased awareness of stressful situations in others’ lives across whatever social media platform is being used. This means that the negativity is a result of specific, individual events or people within the social network rather than the social network itself. There is no question that stressful situations in the lives of people close to someone can cause that person to then be impacted in a negative way. It can be assumed that whether that information was heard of from within a social network or otherwise, that the outcome would remain the same regardless. Just as well, in the same way that being aware of the problems of loved ones can increase stress levels of users, being aware of the problems of more distant friends or perhaps even enemies can in fact decrease stress levels. As insensitive as it sounds, it makes sense, as learning about the misfortunes of others, especially those that are distant to a person, can sometimes be a reminder that things could be worse, which can be a relief to some (Social media, 2015). This is especially true because of how easily accessible everyone’s personal lives are on social networking …show more content…
In fact, the ability to rapidly send information around in a social environment has improved many aspects of society. Social media helps in many ways, such as helping kids do better in school by helping students stay connected with each other. Educational social media sites allow for this, as well as improved teacher student interaction. It also helps law enforcement catch criminals dumb enough to brag about the crimes they’ve committed online. An NYPD Twitter tracking unit was created for that very purpose (Social networking, 2014). Social media aids in both helping employers find potential employees as well as helping job-seekers find out who’s hiring. The majority of companies use multiple social media sites for recruiting and background checking. Many job-seekers also give credit to a social media site for helping them find a job. It is also good for the economy, creating within itself more job opportunities. Social media is its own industry, and could add upwards of $1 trillion to the economy (Social networking, 2014). Along with improving the economy, social media also increases voting participation. This is because if people see on social media that their friends are active in politics, the chances are higher for those people to then become more politically

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