Social Media And Its Impact On Society Essay

1900 Words Nov 10th, 2015 8 Pages
As A whole, social media is almost unavoidable in today’s society. Different forms of communication through social media can either be constructive or a nuisance. Social media can speed up the way people gain knowledge and make sure easier communication, however, it can also be used in negative ways to spread unnecessary information and cause havoc. The use and impact of social media can be broken down and explained in different sociological perspectives or terms. Conflict theory, functionalist, and symbolic interactions can all be applied and used to address social media and its influence on society.

Take yourself back to 2010, when you were just an innocent middle school student making your first Myspace account. Back then who would have thought social media would have evolved into something more than half the population uses every day. Some people can’t even live without it. Since so much of the world has access to the basically one colossal server, where anyone can see anything an individual might have posted even if it’s from the past, Social Media can either be very beneficial or catastrophically destructive. One big reason for this is the Marxist-based social conflict theory. Which argues that individuals and groups (social classes) within society have differing amounts of material and non-material resources and that more powerful groups use their power in order to exploit groups with less power.

“One of the central tenets of conflict theory is that those in power…

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