Staying connected with friends, relatives and others has become the norm for most people these days. Gone are the days of basic functions like voice mail and phone calls. If you don’t know the latest news, then you’re not privy to what most people are already bound to know. The world continues to grow smaller as information found online gets shared across the globe. A perfect example of a newsworthy story that went viral in minutes because of the power of social media was the less than graceful stumble Jennifer Lawrence took when she accepted the Oscar for Best Actress. Aside from that entertaining aspect of social media, it has given us other things as well. Thanks to the internet, what was deemed impossible a few years ago is made possible today. One of the major reasons why social media has taken off is because of our constant need to connect to others. Most individuals that are either sad or irate tend to take it to their social media accounts because of the instant comfort and gratification they receive when people reply. It also has the chance to backfire if people find your post irksome. You will probably feel worse than when you started when posters comment with negativity.
If you are an avid fan of any celebrity or public figure, you now have the chance to be part of their social circle by way of social media. All you have to do is follow or become a fan and you will be privy to the daily goings on in their lives. You even have the chance of getting your voice heard to these people by the comments you make on their photos and posts. We no longer have to rely on those trashy magazines to know what is going on with our favorite stars.
Social networking sites are also very good at fostering a sense of community among its users, either by rallying for or against a particular cause, or even just due to a shared interest. All you need to do is find your niche, which is bound to be a piece of cake, and start interacting. These days, there is a group for just about anyone. There is even a social networking site for cat lovers in particular. This helps people feel like they belong, even if it is with a group that is scattered all throughout the world. One of the best parts of these communities is that they are open to most anybody. As long as you share an interest and do not violate anyone’s sensibilities, you are welcomed with open arms.
Sadly, with the advent of sites like the ones mentioned above, there are also those that advocate less than noble ideals. It is no longer unheard of to find groups that promote hate and discord on the internet and even on social media sites. The best thing to do is steer clear since the law now uses these to incriminate individuals. These sites are also where cyber bullying happens frequently and even without physical harm, the psychological effects can be quite crippling. If you are angry, go find a better outlet since these hate groups are, in no way, good for you.
Social media has brought about so many changes already and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Facebook is just one of some social media sites that have influenced people and caused uproars. With its power, users must also be responsible when they use these sites. The sites are neither good nor bad but depend on the person using them.