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What Is a Social Media & Why You Should Stop Using Facebook

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What Is a Social Media?

This is something I really doubt, many have become so addicted and others too want to quit.

But in this post we’ll find out if you want to stop using the platforms or not.

If you’re looking for answers then here it is.

But first, let’s ask ourselves what a social media is.

Well it’s a website that helps users to create, spread content and engage in social networking.

But these days it’s on a whole new level. It’s like another world with more connectivity.

Its a kind of platform where you can contact with only two lines.

In other words, social networks are websites that helps you link to people globally.

what is a social mediaAt first, social platforms was built to get along and communicate with people but with time it turned into an online marketplace.

Now every social platform gives businesses the opportunity to connect with their potential and existing customers without spending tons of cash to market themselves.

Small businesses are skyrocket ing into multi-million dollar net-worth and big companies are also growing bigger.

However, like everything else, there are some pros and cons of social media too.

There is no denying the fact that social media is a great place to be.

You get to;

  • Engage your audience
  • Build a strong relationship
  • And find potential customers

But these come with a few setbacks too.

For example, when businesses follow the bandwagon of others they sometimes end up risking their repo in front of a billion’s worth of audience and there are other few instances of such disasters in the recent few years.

At the end of the day, it depends on how you strategize, campaign and advertise yourself on social media.

Why social media is important in our daily lives

The internet and social media gives young people a wide range of benefits, and opportunities to empower themselves in different ways.

Young people can maintain social connections and support networks that otherwise would be impossible, and can access more info than ever before.

The communities and social interactions young people form online can be helpful for strengthening and developing young people’s self-confidence and social skills.

This will help you to:

  • Understand some of the benefits of internet and social media
  • Figure out why technology is so attractive to young people
  • Get to know the positive uses of social media and online spaces
  • Talk to young people about what they use technology for

Read: How to start a social media marketing agency

The use of social media and networking services like facebook, twitter, instagram and snapchat have become an integral part of australians’ daily lives.

While many associate social media with a degeneracy of young people’s social networks and communication skills, a literature review published by the young and well cooperative research centre found that social networking services actually play a vital role for in young people’s lives

  • Delivering educational outcomes
  • Facilitating supportive relationships
  • Identity formation
  • Promoting a sense of belonging and self-esteem

In alliance with young people, I’ve written down some of the positive benefits of internet and social media for young people.

1. Young people as social participants and active citizens

Social networking services can provide an accessible and powerful toolkit for highlighting and acting on issues and causes that affect and interest young people.

Social networking services can be used for organising activities, events, or groups to showcase issues and opinions and make a wider audience aware of them.

E.g. Coordinating band activities, fundraisers, and creating awareness of various causes.

2. Young people developing a voice and building trust

Social networking services can be used to hone debating and discussion skills in a local, national or international context.

This helps users develop public ways of presenting themselves

Personal skills are very important in this context: to make, develop and keep friendships, and to be regarded as a trusted connection within a network.

Social networking services can provide young people with opportunities to learn how to function successfully in a community, navigating a public social space and developing social norms and skills as participants in peer groups.

3. Young people as content creators, managers and distributors

Social networking services rely on active participation: users take part in activities and discussions on a site, and upload, modify or create content.

This supports creativity and can support discussion about ownership of content and data management.

Young people who use social networking services to showcase content – music, film, photography or writing – need to know what permissions they are giving the host service, so that they can make informed decisions about how and what they place on the site.

Users might also want to explore additional licensing options that may be available to them within services – for example creative commons licensing to allow them to share their work with other people in a range of ways.

4. Young people as collaborators and team players

Social networking services are there to support users working, thinking and acting together.

They also require listening and compromising skills.

Young people may need to ask others for help and advice in using services, or understand how platforms work by observing others, particularly in complex gaming or virtual environments.

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Once users have developed confidence in a new environment, they will also have gained the experience to help others.

5. Young people as explorers and learners

Social networks encourage discovery.

If someone is interested in certain books, bands, recipes or ideas.

it’s likely that their interest will be catered for by a social networking service or group within a service.

If users are looking for something more specific or unusual then they could create their own groups or social networking sites.

Social networking services can help young people develop their interests and find other people who share the same interests.

They can help introduce young people to new things and ideas, and deepen appreciation of existing interests.

They can also help broaden users’ horizons by helping them discover how other people live and think in all parts of the world.

6. Young people becoming independent and building resilience

Online spaces are social spaces, and social networking services offer similar opportunities to those of offline social spaces: places for young people to be with friends or to explore alone, building independence and developing the skills they need to recognise and manage risk, to learn to judge and evaluate situations, and to deal effectively with a world that can sometimes be dangerous or hostile.

However, such skills can’t be built in isolation, and are more likely to develop if supported.

Going to a social networking service for the first time as a young person alone can be compared to a young person’s first solo trip to a city centre.

And thus it is important for a young person to know how to stay safe in this new environment.

7. Young people developing key and real world skills

Managing an online presence and being able to interact effectively online is becoming an increasingly important skill in the workplace.

Being able to quickly adapt to new technologies, services and environments is already regarded as a highly valuable skill by employers, and can facilitate both formal and informal learning.

Most services are text based, which encourages literacy skills, including interpretation, evaluation and contextualisation.

How Social Media Has Affected lives?

There’s been a lot of cliched answers around, and they are all right.

But they tell you things you already know. This answer aims to attack this from a first-principles approach.

Humans are apes from an evolutionary standpoint.

They just imitate what others are doing (everyone wears similar clothes, eats similar stuff, believes in similar ideologies).

An important part of this is observing what others are doing (how you imitate them).

All this happens intuitively, without your knowledge.

Before the advent of social media, you had limited options to observe others – you could be their classmates or friends and observe them.

Social media makes it super easy to see what others are doing;
  • What memes are cool and would give me attention
  • Which person is being trolled
  • What hairstyle, apps or clothing gives me more attention from opposite sex etc…

This tendency to observe is so deeply rooted inside our genomes that it’s freakishly addictive.

The more we get to see, the more we observe and the more we want to consume.

This is natural and has no side effect but here is the deal, people have started spending 25–60% of their 24 hours on these platforms succumbing to their primal instincts.

There are other reasons like lack of self esteem after seeing others’ lives, but these essentially stem from this tendency (100x exposure to others lives = 100x depreciation of self esteem only the numbers have changed, ratios are the same).

The self esteem issue was present before advent of social media too (relatives feeling jealous of your success), what has happened is the magnification of this tendency.

This is from the user’s end. Let’s talk about pure capitalist considerations.

When you use facebook or instagram, your data is being sold to advertising companies to recommend you ads you want to see, and you gave them the permission to do that while signing up.

So every time you use facebook and click on an ad, you give the advertised company some potential revenue, and you proved facebook’s value by providing traction to the advertiser making facebook revenue.

So basically, everytime you scroll your feed, someone else is making a lot of money out of you.

I know a lot of you are not concerned about this, and have no issues about others making money out of you.

I think this is something you should know.

This happens with all social platforms but facebook products have got a lot of negative publicity recently and don’t have as much trust as before.

So if I had to choose 1 or 2 social networks, FB won’t be at the top for sure.

Facebook is so annoying.

“How many times have you heard that sentiment this past year?

We bet a lot, because more and more people seem to be getting tired of the social media platform, especially young people.

We’ve noticed a nationwide annoyance with facebook.

The company even admitted in 2013 October that younger teens were using the network less frequently on a daily basis.

10 reasons that might convince you to stop using facebook:

1. Nobody actually wants to just read about what you’re doing anymore

Think about it: What sounds more appealing (and believable)? Reading a status that says, “I’m currently hanging out with Will Smith!” or a picture of that person actually posing with Smith?.

A photo is definitely more engaging. Here’s the most-liked Instagram picture of 2013: Justin Bieber’s snap with Smith.

When time interviewed teenagers about their social media use in March, 16-year-old Hamp Briley explained that kids these days don’t have time for facebook:

“Twitter’s all statuses, instagram’s all pictures. People like to do more specific things like that instead of being on just facebook.”

2. Facebook makes it impossible for you to stay private

For many valid reasons (think stalker exes or potential employers), some people don’t like having their name come up when it’s typed into the Facebook search bar.

However, most users this year found problems with changes to privacy settings.

For one, Facebook removed the option to keep your name hidden when people search you. They also forced people to control their privacy settings on a cumbersome item-by-item basis.

Today, the only way to make sure certain people can’t access your profile is to block them or change your name so it doesn’t appear when people search your real one.

3. Your parents are now watching your every move

This year seemed to be the year everyone’s mom, dad, grandmother and great aunt got hooked on Facebook.

And that meant every time you posted a status about something innocuous, these facebook novices started breathing down your neck the minute you hit post.

We get enough scolding from our parents “IRL” — no need to let it trickle onto a social media site where our friends can laugh at our familial bickering.

4. They’re posting photos of you that you would never want anyone to see

What’s worse than getting no “likes” on an Instagram photo you posted?.

Checking your facebook and realizing that a horribly embarrassing photo of you that your mom posted is getting over 50 “likes,” along with some pretty serious mockery in the  comments section.

5. Facebook is even keeping track of what you don’t say

You may have been happy you didn’t post that one over-share about your extended trip to the bathroom the other day, but Facebook may have a record of exactly what you typed and what time you were about to publish it.

This month, Facebook released a study revealing that they were undergoing a new type of data collection in which they were tracking when people typed content out and then removed it without publishing.

Their mission is to understand why users “self-censor” themselves in updates.

According to Facebook data scientist Sauvik Das, a “self-censored update” is “an entry into either (a status update) of more than five characters that was typed out but not submitted for at least the next 10 minutes.”

6. Facebook makes you feel less positive about your life

Even though the purpose of Facebook is effectively to reveal details about everything and anything you do, access to this knowledge could take a toll on your mental well-being.

A recent study done by the Department of Behavioral Science at the Utah Valley University discovered that heavy Facebook users aren’t the happiest people out there. The researchers found that just using Facebook makes you view your life more negatively. Of 400 students questioned, “those who have used Facebook longer agreed more that others were happier, and agreed less that life is fair, and those spending more time on facebook each week agreed more that others were happier and had better lives.”

7. The “friend suggestions” tell you to befriend people you don’t even know

Facebook’s “friend suggestions” algorithm needs some work, because these days we’re discovering that your potential “friends” are people we only know through someone else, or someone we haven’t even met at all.

If you want people to stop using a platform that is supposed to connect them and bring them together with the people they care about, you should definitely adopt facebook’s strategy of trying to get you to care about the lives of complete strangers.

8. You realize you only know and care about only 20 people out of your 1,000 friends

It starts to get kind of weird when you check the birthdays for the day and don’t remember who any of the five people are.

How do you know them?

Are they some random person you met at a bar in college one night, and in a drunken stupor decided to “add on Facebook”?

Probably!.

Do you need to know that this person is moving to California this week?.

More importantly, do you care?.

Nope!.

It could be time to overhaul your friends list. Maybe it’s time to realize that your facebook account is being used pretty much entirely to keep tabs on these kinds of strangers.

9. Your friends keep announcing their engagements

There’s nothing more obnoxious than being a busy twenty something and starting to see all of your friends post statuses about getting engaged.

While you are happy for them and wish them the best in their prospects for a lasting marriage, the bombardment of status updates is starting to make you feel like something is wrong with your love life.

Why aren’t you getting married?, What is wrong with you?

Why the hell do you need to be thinking about marriage right now?!.

Once that anxiety subsides, you realize you have to endure continued updates on their wedding preparation. You could unsubscribe to this friend, but you know more are coming.

10. The excessive ads are about to ruin the whole experience

If the regular sponsored ads hadn’t already destroyed facebook for you seriously, why the hell do you think you’re obsessed with guitars and horses the upcoming launch of video ads will definitely do the trick.

Facebook started testing these annoying ads out in December.

They’ll soon be coming to a newsfeed near you, automatically playing a video as you scroll through.

However, the sound will only play if you click or tap on it.

The good news?.

There is a way to block these ads from automatically playing. You just have to use a Flash blocker.

Is social media good or bad?

Presently, social media is a very important part of people’s life.

Many can’t live without social media and in my opinion it has had a positive impact.

I’m all for the widening of the world we live in, and easy communication around the world.

It has definitely made us closer to other parts of the world.

I am the one who can totally appreciate it!.

Good Part

First, we have the obvious communication.

We are living in a time where the world is open to us. Anybody can contact anyone around the world at any time.

We can also share elements of our life, from what we enjoy to photos of ourselves and those in our lives.

It is like being a part of that person’s world, even though distance keeps you apart.

We also have the communication between people and businesses.

Since they have paved a new way for interaction between the two.

Customers can now tell brands exactly what they want.

Businesses can then use that information to tailor their products of more appeal.

They used to have to spend a ton of cash for this kind of marketing data.

Bad Part

Like the way it has allowed us to hide behind screens and limited our social interaction face to face.

You get the feeling of being social without having to go out and socialize.

In the same vein, it gives you the feeling of being a friend without having to put in any actual work to build the relationship.

Just think of how many people you have on your facebook friends list.

How many of them do you see on a semi-regular basis?

Then we have the issue of how it has taken over our lives.

I hate being out in public and seeing people on their phones. Seeing them talking never bothered me as long as they weren’t being obnoxious.

Nor does sending off a quick text bug me; maybe they are meeting someone and telling them where they are, or something.

It is the obvious facebooking or tweeting or whatever else that keeps people’s eyes glued to their phones.

I think that the effects of social media have been somewhat neutral, to be honest.

There are many good things about it, and many bad things.

In the end, if you can keep your own life centred in reality and use social networking as a small part of it, you should be just fine.

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