Social media has had a tremendous impact on our culture, business and on the country’s economy-at-large. Social media websites are some of the most popular haunts on the Internet. They have transformed the way people communicate and socialize online.
Apart from seeing your friends’ progress and following twitter informative hashtags, there are some of the real impacts, both positive and negative, that social media has had on our society, from the effect on politics, business, socialization to some of the negative effects such as cyber bullying and privacy.
Social media has made it possible for like-minded individuals to discuss important topics, widen their personal knowledge and discover things they never knew before. Young people around the world are now more involved than ever in their country’s politics. The last general elections is proof of that. Social media has contributed to that increase in a big way.
Non-profits are seeing the benefits of using social media for their awareness campaigns. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others are a cost effective means of spreading the word and getting support. Not to mention socially shared petitions from sites like Causes.org, reaching hundreds of thousands of people.
Every politician who wants his word to go out to the locals needs to jump on the social media bandwagon. This is because social websites have played an important role in local elections and many elections around the world, including in the U.S., Iran, and India. They have also inspired mass movements and political unrests in many countries.
Unfortunately, If you are not careful, what you post on the Net can come back to haunt you. Revealing personal information on social sites can make users vulnerable to crimes like identity theft, stalking, etc. Many companies perform a background check on the Internet before hiring an employee. If a prospective employee has posted something embarrassing on social media, it can drastically affect their chances of getting the job.
With no doubt Social media has benefits but it is up to each user to use social sites wisely to enhance their professional and social life.
By Kelley Boss