You come across the word “social media” daily & most of us are using social media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc. Do you know that many people think that social media is for making friends & for entertainment purposes only, but it is more than that & that’s why I am here to share with you top 10 advantages and disadvantages of social media that will blow your mind.
Social media has become more popular nowadays & especially among youth. Even a small kid knows what social media is, you know that every coin has its two sides & if there are some advantages then disadvantages also exist.
Even people in villages & rural areas are aware of social media & they are also using it for getting daily updates & increasing their knowledge. It all has become possible due to internet availability & because of social media platforms.
In this article, I am going to talk about the top 10 advantages and disadvantages of social media that you must know.
Before we go into more depth-first let’s see what is the importance of social media in people’s life.
Social media has become a part of people’s life. We can express & share our thoughts, daily activities by posting it on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, etc.
Gone are those days when people use to write letters, drums sounds, fire signals for communicating with each other from long distances. Now it’s a digital era & people can easily communicate with each other even if they are at a very far distance & this is only possible because of social media platforms.
We can easily text, share content with the help of social media. There are also more advantages & let’s see what it is. Are you excited?? So friends without wasting your valuable time let’s first talk about the advantages of social media
1. You can connect with like-minded people
If you are a person who likes to connect with the people just like you, means the same profession & same thoughts then it is possible through social media platforms. To get you more clear here I would like to take my example: I am currently doing blogging & I have discovered lots of new friends which are in the same profession & have very good knowledge in the blogging field.
Also, I have got to learn lots of things from them & this is the power of social media platforms you can find lots of people with the same profession & can also connect with them. So this is the one benefit of social media.
2. You can get more engagement
social media is the best way for making new connections & also you can find lots of big communities, groups on social media. You can join various groups & can also leverage it for growing your business online.
You can share your knowledge with other people & can also learn lots of things from others through social media.
3. It helps the government
Now you will ask Hey, how social media helps the government?? The answer is simple, you all know that millions of people are active on social media platforms & it is the best way for the government to convey any message or for spreading awareness among the people using social media platforms.
The best example of this is the corona time period. Before people were not much aware of wearing masks, hand sanitizing but social media has also helped the government a lot for spreading awareness about this pandemic.
This way social media has also become the best medium for government to convey messages or aware people.
many big brands are grown with the help of social media platforms. Social media has become a great way for businesses to directly connect with their audience online.
Many businesses are shifting online & leveraging social media for building their brand online because they know how important it is to connect with an audience online.
To survive in the market every business is now building an online presence to not only connect with the existing audience but also to build new customers for their business & social media plays a major role in it building brand & trust online.
Various businesses run campaigns & do advertisements on social media platforms to attract & aware more people.
You must have seen lots of ads on Facebook, Instagram & other social media. Social media is a place where businesses can find lots of potential customers.
So through social media, we can build the brand & online reputation of our business.
5. You can drive traffic to your website
yes! If you have your own website or blog you can easily drive free traffic to your blog using social media. There are millions of people who are using social media from all over the world & you can easily get traffic to your blog or website without putting in much effort.
You can also join various groups related to your blog niche (topic) & can share your articles in the group to get more visitors to your blog.
I have got lots of benefits of using social media & I am also able to drive free traffic from social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.
There are lots of people who are also leveraging social media to drive free traffic to personal blogs or websites also & this is the power of social media.
6. You can get a job–
Through social media, we can also get a job. Yes! You have heard right, there are lots of people who have got jobs through social media platforms & how we can forget one of the best platforms LinkedIn.
Social media has also become a medium for both job seekers & employers who want to hire people for a suitable job.
LinkedIn is really a very great social media platform for connecting with professional people & lots of companies are posting jobs on this platform & through which you can directly apply for the job using this platform.
Not only this LinkedIn also provided helpful guides & various courses recommendation based on your profile. You can also set job notifications based on your interest.
You have also seen lots of job postings on social media & it is one of the advantages of social media platforms.
7. You can become an influencer–
You have seen lots of people who have millions of followers & they have that because they are influencers.
You also have seen lots of people’s funny videos also get viral on social media & they become famous through social media. This is a good opportunity for a creator who wants to show some talent or share some kind of knowledge with people in a particular niche, social media has millions of users & you can utilize it for becoming an influencer.
Generally, a person who has lots of followers & people like their content is known as an influencer.
Influencer earns money by marketing & paid promotions.
Lots of actors & actresses earn good money through social media by paid promotion of brands products & they can do that because they have a very large no of the audience who follow them on social media.
So this is also the advantage of social media.
people share their daily life activities on social media like if they are traveling somewhere, at the gym, at the workplace, etc.
You can post your images, videos, stories & can also texts on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linked In, etc.
Through social media, you connect with your friends, relatives & can also communicate with them easily.
You can share beautiful moments of your life with your followers, friends through social media.
9. Social media used for Entertainment:
social media has also become a medium for entertainment. Many people enjoy watching comedy videos, having fun, playing games, etc.
As a creator, you can also share your videos, Vlogs & can also know stats like how many people liked it, comments, shares, etc.
Watching some comedy videos, funny videos fresh your mind & this is one of the advantages of social media.
Some People nowadays also do not like to go theater for watching movies as they can watch them on social media platforms like YouTube, Netflix, etc.
10. Social media is used for Collaboration –
if you have a business or even working as an individual then you can collaborate with other businesses. The advantage of collaboration is that your business can get more customers & also people get to know about your business.
Collaboration in the same niche (topic) helps to get more customers for your business.
Not only businesses but also a common man can collaborate with each other & can exchange their ideas with others on social media platforms. You can get more followers, likes, engagement with people by doing a collaboration.
So collaboration is also one of the advantages of social media platforms.
Now let’s see the disadvantages of social media platforms.
Any field has its plus & minus points & the same is with social media. There are disadvantages of social media that you must know, with the increase in technology the online cyber crimes have also increased. There are some people, who are using social media for misleading people, frauds, hacking, etc.
Excess use of social media can also cause health issues, waste of time & especially in youth.
Youngsters use social media but most of them are not much aware of the disadvantages of it & so let’s see what are some disadvantages & negative sides of social media.
1. You can receive negative feedback–
Many people are there on social media & lots of people also create videos, posts & put it on social media platforms but it may happen that sometimes they receive negative feedback from various people; either it may be their haters or the people who don’t like their content.
Many businesses also receive some negative feedback on social media related to their products & services but how nicely they handle such situations by behaving very politely with their customers & solve their problems also.
You may also have noticed negative feedbacks on various apps on the play store, youtube videos, on social media platforms.
So this is one of the disadvantages of using social media that you can receive negative feedback from various people.
2. You can get addicted:
Excess use of anything can harm you & the same is with social media. Especially youth are spending a lot of time on social media & many of them are addicted to it.
Social media has become a part of our life & when you post anything on social media either it may be a photo, video, etc. you are very curious to know about how much like it has received, who are commenting & every second you see it again & again, this way many youths are getting addiction of social media which can affect their studies also. So you must make a balance of using social media.
3. You can get hack:
As technology is increased there is also an increase in online cyber crimes like hacking. Many people’s social media accounts also get hacked by hackers.
Hacking is an illegal activity which is done by hackers & through which they can access your personal information.
So this is one of the worst disadvantages of social media.
4. Social media used for cyberbullying:
There are some people who create fake accounts on social media & cheat on other people.
Cyberbullying is also the worst disadvantage of social media. Many people become victims of cyberbullying & they are also teased.
Due to cyberbullying teens & kids also get depressed, anxiety & stress are developed.
5. Lack of family quality time:
Due to spending a lot of time on social media youth are not giving more time to their family & hence they disconnect themselves from their family.
They do not spend more time with their family & due to which many relations also get affected.
Many youths are using social media with no time limit & social media has become an addiction for such youth due to which they don’t spend more time with their family.
6. Social media can cause Distraction–
Many youths are daily active on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. they spend a lot of time browsing, watching videos, playing games & which causes distraction & due to which their studies & academy performance also get down.
The students are not able to focus on their studies & it can directly affect their career also.
So distraction is also one of the disadvantages of social media.
7. It can affect your mental health–
Overuse of social media can also cause some serious health issues like stress, anxiety, sleeping problem, headache, eyes problem, etc.
Many people are active at night on social media & due to which sleep problems, health issues may occur.
Laziness is also a cause of overusing social media platforms.
8. Waste of time–
Many youths are wasting their time on social media by watching videos, doing chats & browsing the whole day on social media.
Social media has become like a part of life & even many people spend a lot of time on it for entertainment, chats, playing games.
Youth are wasting their precious time & it also directly affects their day to day activities & also studies.
So overuse of social media wastes the precious time of people.
9. Fraud & scams–
Many people are also cheated on social media. There are lots of frauds happening with people in the name of jobs.
Some of the people take the money & do not provide any service or products.
Along with this, there are various types of fraud & scam that happens on social media platform.
10. Privacy issue–
Many people put their personal information like name, email, mobile number, which can be also stolen & can also go in the wrong hands.
So there is a privacy issue on social media which is a disadvantage of using social media
So, friends, these were some advantages & disadvantages of social media & if you think this blog post is valuable then don’t forget to share it with your friends.
If you use social media in the right way then you can learn lots of things from social media & not only these you can also earn through social media.
social media has become an important part of our life but we must use it in a limit & need to use in a right way to get more benefit from it & on the other hand we need to keep in mind about its bad effect on us also.
It is both, if we use social media in the right way then it can benefit us but if we overuse it then it can also harm us.
There are lots of benefits of using social media like we can grow our business, brand awareness, communicate with each other & lots of other benefits which I have discussed in this blog post.
youths are getting more knowledge, information through social media & the disadvantages are that youth are getting distracted & more addicted to social media.
overuse of social media can affect students’ studies & their academic performance may also go down.