Positive Effects of Social Media on You & Society

By October 8, 2021Blogposts

These came to mind because, it’s not all bad. Lol

1. Another positive aspect of social media is that families and friends are able to be closer than ever. Even though for many, more distant family connections are not as important as closer family ties, the fact that we can stay current with people in our social circles is important.

Being able to stay connected with old friends and people with whom you used to be close has helped many people feel reconnected. In addition, being able to know how more distant family members are doing by connecting with them lets families stay closer than ever before.


2: Social Media Makes It Easier to Make Friends

One of the biggest positives of social media is that it has never been easier to make friends. Just a few decades ago it was pretty tough to connect with people, unless you were the overly outgoing type able to make conversation with anyone and everyone at a party.

The rise of smartphones helped change this, connecting people in a new way, but then social networks sprang up and the whole idea of friendship changed again. And there’s no going back.


3: Social Media Fosters Empathy

Each of us spends a little too long talking about ourselves on social media sites. Which is perfectly natural. We’re sharing our lives—the ups and downs, the twists and turns—with people we think will care.

They generally do care, and will tell you so. They will listen to what you have to say, and help you deal with any problems you may be facing. If this isn’t the case, then you may want to find new friends.


4: Social Media Allows for Speedy Communication

Our time is being stretched thinner and thinner by work and family commitments. But social networking sites offer a chance to communicate in a speedy and efficient manner, especially when everyone involved is familiar with social media slang.

Writing a Tweet takes all of 20 seconds, and with cross-posting to other social networks switched on, that update can reach everyone you want it to reach (and probably more besides) in an instant.

One of the reasons many people dislike making phone calls is the unnecessary banter they necessitate. You can’t just say what you want to say and then hang up. Because doing so is seen as rude. Instead, you have to swap pleasantries before saying what you want to say, and then swap more pleasantries before the conversation comes to a natural conclusion.


5: Social Media Makes the World Seem Smaller

It isn’t just your inner circle of close friends and even closer family members that social networking sites allow you to communicate with easily and effectively. One of the good things about social media is its power to open the world up to you, making it a smaller place than it has ever been before.

So much so that I actually haven’t a clue where many of my contacts reside. When it comes to social media, everyone is equal, regardless of location.

Family members living abroad can be kept abreast of the latest happenings in your world as quickly as those living next door. Friends you haven’t seen since school, and who have since moved away, are able to keep in touch. Social networking sites mean someone’s physical location has become a lot less important.


6: Social Media Helps You Build Relationships

There is no doubting that having social networking in our lives can lead to relationships breaking up. But there is another side to the story, which is that people are moving onto other, perhaps better, relationships.

Social networks can put you (back) in touch with people who you have lots in common with, and that common ground is often the starting point for long-lasting relationships.


7: Social Media Can Benefit Mental Health Too

Emotions expressed online affect your mood. It not only helps to relieve social isolation but also open new communication pathways and offers much-needed support. It allows people to share their thoughts without revealing their identity. And it develops within people an enhanced talent of self-expression without any fear.


8: Social Media Helps You Find Common Ground

As previously mentioned, social networking sites can help you find people you share interests with. Facebook, for example, asks you to list who and what you are interested in right from the start. This makes it much easier to find common ground with other users.

On Twitter you should be following those who have something to say that you’re interested in, making connections with like-minded individuals much easier than you would offline.


9: You can learn new skills

Want to master a new instrument? Even considered giving yoga a try? What about learning how to cook delicious pasta from scratch? Thanks to social media, you can learn how to do all of the above online and for FREE!.


10: It gives customers the chance to shape meaningful change

Ever wished you could help design the next products your favorite brand creates? Want to have a say in the type of content businesses share with you? Have you got a brilliant idea for a new event, podcast or blog post? Thanks to social media, you can communicate all of this directly with the brands you follow in real-time!

@MarkPavelich CEO TheMarkConsulting.com

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