It is no longer news that social media has come to stay, especially in the lives of youths. Arguably, 90% of parents preach it as a NO, despite not fully fathoming its advantages and disadvantages.
One tends to ask–
What is Social media?
Ron Jones, a web content analyst defined social media as “a category of online media where people are talking, participating, sharing, networking, and bookmarking”
- Going by the definition, the social media is informative, as youths these days prefer it as a source for keeping tabs with happenings around the globe.
- It has also increased the awareness of today’s youths.
- It also helps kill boredom and bring connectivity, as many youths seeking employments, have been employed via friends or CVs dropped on social media.
- It has on many counts, been a platform for easy complaints to brands for dissatisfaction towards their products or services.
Quoting from naysayers, “for everything that has advantages, there are also disadvantages”
- Cyberbullying: According to a certain research carried out by Patchin, 2015, 34% of students reported to have been cyberbullied, while 15% admitted to have cyberbullied.
- Social media ruins real life relationships: It has a way of making people change their perspective and assume they know others more, based on experiences or ‘standards’ they’ve seen online.