Social Media has seen a tremendous growth over the last few decades since 2000. Social media platforms are presently the most used internet platforms in the world. With that being said, certain platforms comes ahead of the rest.
Whiles yahoo was the greatest and most used internet interaction platform through email and instant text during the early and late year 2000, same can’t be said anymore as there are new and top platforms that has topple the masters, mainly we can say five (5) social networks. But, as we’ll see during this post, the fore most common social media sites and how they by level of usage in several countries and demographics. Understanding these variations in qualities of the various social networks is basically necessary and targeting specific audiences is key.
SOCIAL MEDIA PENETRATION ACCORDING TO SMARTINSIGHTS.COM
That being said, our principal motive is to bisect and dissect the advantages and disadvantages of social media platforms in general terms.
Social media has come to ease our pains by giving us a broad connections thereby making the world a global village. Life has been easier since the introduction of social media if you ask me and It has enhanced businesses and communications etc but what if we break it down?
SOCIAL MEDIA ADVANTAGES
Education; Education can’t be left out of the significant improvement and empowerment of social media. Social media has given the nobles and elites the opportunity to share ideas via many platforms including Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter etc. It’s highly confirmed to be more of learning and sharing platform among youth, the aged and all caliber of entities. Students form groups on social platforms to discuss topics and ideas in their field of studies. Twitter and Facebook are the biggest platforms for studies as they allow you to follow anyone to learn from him/her and enhance your knowledge about any field. Regardless of your location and education background you can educate yourself, without pushed away.
Business Coverage; Irrespective of the nature of your business, whether offline or online, social media gives you the room to promote, advertise and share your products to your audience. You have the power to jump boundaries of geographical discrimination and sell to global communities. Some of such places include groups, pages and tweets that are meaningful to your products.
Access to Information; Gone are the days you need a radio or television to determine what is going on globally. Social media has eliminated the one medium channel by introducing to us many ways of getting information. It’s interesting to know that certain information and breaking news get to us before the media outlets. Some of these information are very key to our security and safety. Not forgetting that Most of the time, Television and print media these days are biased and do not carry the genuine messages. With the help of social media you can get the facts and figures through social media research
Fight Against Crime; Social Media has come to build on the old adage that says “we are each others keepers”. Security organizations have been empowered through social media by receiving tip-off by users and the general population. It’s by far the best whistle blower tool and more efficient and useful tool of fighting crime.
Social Media Has Improved the Fight Against Crime
DISADVANTAGES OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Sometimes I had wished devices such as phones and laptops were not invented. Sure as discussed above, they have great positive implication on the society but the rate at which users especially children abuse it lately is alarming. I’m not a tech genius and I have always asked myself if there are better ways to monitor and control children and social media abusers. Lets delve deeper into few disadvantages;
Social Bullying; Many minors have suffered abuse and social bullying on social media that’s because children lack proper guidance and monitoring coupled with so called human rights fighters who think children should have privacy. I am not throwing shade at human rights activists, don’t get me wrong but I’m saying we should stop or minimize the rate at which we attack parents who try to protect their kids. Social media in itself doesn’t protect you if you lack common sense hence, bullies have taken advantage to screw up minors all the time. Facebook and Twitter are trying though to reduce this critical abuse but much haven’t been seen in real terms.
Hackers infiltration; Recently even the computer gurus are finding it difficult to protect themselves from hackers. They so skillful and competent in their respective skills and will do anything to penetrate your privacy with the least chance. This happens because of the information we share on social media. Social media to some extent is vulnerable and we tend to leave trace at places when we visit. It may sound funny some of the information we leave because we think they are nothing but are quite useful to hackers. Be sure and safe by avoiding sensitive information sharing.
Identity Theft; Identity theft according to Search Security described it as identity fraud and it’s is a crime in which an impostor obtains key pieces of personally identifiable information, such as Social Security or driver’s license numbers, in order to impersonate someone else. It will serve you no good to steal the identity of people. The social media companies totally prohibit the impersonation and identity forging and won’t spend time without deleting your account. It is presumed Identity thefts do that to scam others.. Read my post on Why Whatapp May Delete Your Account
Gives People a License to be Hateful; Social media organizations haven’t done enough tackling racial, religious and and gender abuse practices that has bewitched society for far too long. People take advantage of these loopholes and attack others with hateful speeches and insults which isn’t healthy for the 21st century.
With all said and done, social media holistically is a great tool meant for good intention. The advantages far outweigh the negatives and we can collectively strive to shape and make it a better place by pointing the managers of such platforms the identifiable loopholes and alternate solutions.