The List Of Pros And Cons Of Social Media

Communication is an essential part of human life. Communication is a key skill. Technology can offer people a way to communicate and reduce time. Technology can also have the negative effect of reducing interaction between people.

Communication technology has advanced rapidly in today’s age. Users can now share what they want through social media channels. Social media is a great invention that most people love. However, some may see it as a threat to society.

Let me discuss the positives of social networking and communication technology. Anybody can connect to anyone, no matter their location.

Education is another benefit. Teachers and students have many opportunities with social media. It’s easy to share your knowledge with others via social media. To learn from anyone, you can easily follow them.

No matter where you live or what your education level, knowledge is available to all, regardless of their location. Real-Time Information Sharing is the third. This is a time-saver for everyone. This is a great way to communicate with your community and get assistance.

Social media has a fourth benefit: It improves business reputation. Positive feedback can be used to increase sales and promote goodwill. People can share anything they like on social media. This can have a positive impact on sales and goodwill.

Social media use can have negative effects on your health. Social media use can cause a lot of people to become lazy, which can lead to disruption in their daily lives.

First, it is a wasteful use of your time. Social media can become your life’s mainstay.

Hacking is the second side. Hacking can be done easily and personal data shared online. Hackers can hack several personal Instagram and Facebook accounts and post material that has affected an individual’s private life. This is one of many dangers associated with social media.

The third virtual world is the one that devours the user’s mind and causes most of the users to die from dependence on communication technology.

Social media: Advantages and disadvantages However, social media can have very negative effects on individuals. Social media can be “…any site that allows for social interaction …”. O’Keeffe & Clarke–Pearson, 2011, paragraph 2. Each of these platforms are considered social media. Currently, more than 87% (age 12-17) of adolescents use the Internet daily. Research has shown that these social media platforms can be helpful, but they also have negative consequences for individuals. We will be looking at the impact of social media on adolescents’ everyday lives and how it can cause problems.

Social media had a profound impact on the self-esteem and quality of sleep in 467 Scottish teenagers. Social media interactions are correlated with adolescents’ anxiety and depression. Scott and Woods administered questionnaires to 467 Scottish adolescents who participated in the study. Each questionnaire asked about poor sleep quality, anxiety and depression, self-esteem and emotional investment in social networking. The study found that social media interaction is correlated with poor sleep quality. “Overall social media use” was positive (r =.24). Social media use can also impact the quality of sleep. Late-night interactions showed a high correlation (r=.34), with poor quality sleep. These interactions are combined with a strong emotional commitment to social media lead to adolescents experiencing high levels of anxiety and depression (Scott & Woods (2016)).

Although social media can be great for connecting people socially, it can also lead to cyberbullying recurring. Cyberbullying can be defined as “…deliberately utilizing digital media to communicate false or embarrassing information about another person”(Richards & Caldwell (2015)). Renee Garett, Lynwood LORD, and Sean Young (2016) reviewed papers about cyberbullying. The majority of cyberbullying cases were found to be linked to social media. Every paper came up with the conclusion that cyberbullying really only affects teenagers (Garett (2016) Grace Kwan’s and Marko Skoric’s research supported these findings. Kwan & Skoric have found that individuals who use Facebook most often are more likely to become cyberbullied, compared to those who don’t use it as frequently. (Richards & Caldwell, 2015). Cyberbullying can be reduced or eliminated by social media.

Social media has an impact on the behavior of adolescents, as well as the quality of their sleep and cyberbullying. A meta-analysis was conducted by Shiyi Zan and Kamal Jethwani (2015, T Bernard Kinane) to determine the impact of social media on young adults’ health outcomes. The meta-analysis found that “…normalization does not only apply to high-risk behaviors. “…normalization of high-risk behavior is not limited to alcohol alone,” the meta-analysis found. Around 54% adolescents display risky behaviors such as substance abuse, sexual behaviour, and violence. The likelihood that adolescents will adopt risky behavior is only increased by social media.

Although social media can be a great tool for adolescents to improve their communication, technical, or social connection skills, it can also cause anxiety, depression, poor sleep quality, low self-esteem and cyberbullying. The effects of social media usage, such as Instagram, Twitter, or Instagram, are being studied more closely. Side effects should be taken seriously, both during the day and at night. Social media isn’t necessarily bad. Although it has made it easier for consumers to access materials, created social connections and increased communication between people, its disadvantages outweigh the benefits. This is why social media is bad for us.



Jacob Cunningham is a 26-year-old education blogger and teacher who resides in the Pacific Northwest. Jacob's teaching and writing focus on the use of technology in the classroom, and he is a frequent presenter at education conferences around the country. Jacob's work has been featured on sites such as The Huffington Post, Edutopia, and TechCrunch.