It’s so difficult to imagine the world without Social Media platforms as much as it was hard to imagine the effect it would cause in our relationships. When we first met Facebook, thought that it was some place just for posting pics. Then Twitter, appeared, and we only thought it would be a place to post random thoughts. Instagram was just a place for photographers, and Snapchat was just for teenage language.
Eventually, we’ve been figuring out how wrong we were about that appreciation. Facebook ended up with more people than real countries, Twitter helped to political movements, Instagram became part of sales and Snapchat is the quick flirt site of preference. Not to mention other platforms with less popularity but same significance when it comes to how it shapes our day-to-day lives. No matter how often we use them, or what platforms we prefer. All of them take part in our human interactions and affects an essential element, relationships.
Therefore, we made a list of positive and adverse effects. Considering than an extreme position is not healthy because Social Media brings as many benefits as problems that can be avoided and solved.
• Networking: From LinkedIn to Pinterest, you can take advantage of Social Media to improve your Networking skills. There’s no need of being an expert on PR. You just need to find three key elements: niche, good content, and voice. Create an account specialized in a particular topic. Then search for the audience who’s interested in that subject. Finally, interact with them and make a real effort to create quality content for the community.
• Global Neighborhood: One of the biggest gifts from Social Media is the opportunity not only to watch but to be part of other cultures. Making friends around the world and feel we’re almost in every part of earth at the same time. It’s a feeling so natural for us now, but something that many people couldn’t feel years ago. We must appreciate that it’s so easy to know what’s going on at the other side of the world immediately. Also, it’s a bless to collaborate and make links with people for work or community projects.
• Strengthens relationship: As much as we have to thank that we can get in touch with other culture’s content. It’s a bless we can communicate with family and friends living in a different continent, country or city. Imagine all the people reunited after years missing, thanks to profiles. With a simple research, you could find people from the past.
Besides, even if it’s somebody you just met, you can also find him or her thanks to Social Media. Relationships that may be seemed lost now can have a second chance. Love and sharing between distances are possible now.
• Jobs: If you’re a Social Media Manager or a Community Manager, you should know your work didn’t exist a few years ago. Despite the fact that so many jobs are disappearing, new ones are also rising. Thanks to technology and social evolution, it’s necessary to create new roles between companies to attend the new costumer’s needs.
Also, thanks to Social Media profiles, job seekers can contact people from every part of the world. If you have an excellent profile, it can become in a career as an Influencer. In any case, what you post on your feed might help someone find you, or you find somewhere you want to work.
• Can be distracting: Not just during working hours but spending time with relatives and family. Surely, you’ve got this friend who’s obsessed checking the cell phone every second. Sometimes, you have to repeat what you’re saying. Perhaps, you’re not paying attention enough to others when they speak to you. All due to you’re checking Social Media. It’s almost an unconscious habit we have. Either walking on the streets, at school, at work, at dinner or even in a concert. We stop ourselves from living the moment through our senses to start recording it and post it.
• Psychological disorders: Don’t freak out or paranoid. But yes, take in consideration this point. Social Media may not be the responsible for the mental illness in people. It takes more than that. Normally, a person may have a problem already, and the constant use of Social Media may increase the consequences. For example, jealousy in relationships is a common problem between couples that have profiles.
Also, other difficulties like depression or anxiety can be increased by watching other people’s “perfect lives.” In any case, an obsessive use of Social Media can cause a lot of mental problems you should avoid.
• Lack of privacy: Once you agree to privacy terms and create your personal profiles, there are few ways of complaining. What comes next it’s your responsibility entirely. You must know a few ways of protecting your data on Social Media and give the less amount of private details, to avoid stalking or felony.
Sometimes, we forget how no private our Social Media life is and then complain about the consequences. So, it’s better to read what you can do before start using a platform you don’t know. Even if you consider yourself an expert, there are tricks for you too.
• Cyber-bullying: Probably, this might be the most dangerous problem that people has to face because of Social Media. Despite what people think, it’s not a teenage only problem. It also affects grown ups. But as responsible parents, friends, and humans we should promote the respect between each other. Also, being alert if someone is facing this issue because most of the times people take it in silence.
We don’t want more tragic events as result of something like this. Awareness is the first step and taking action is the most important. Don’t let anybody else suffers because of this, and call for help.
If you know better the Social Media environment, you can avoid a lot of problems. By knowing when you’re crossing the line, you also know what would work best for your users. Keep in mind that psychology takes a big part in this job.