The negative impacts of social media – how many times have you heard that one? After years of hearing and seeing it, the title starts to get increasingly boring. #SorrynotSorry writers but try giving us something else to read about like all the good social media is doing. See? Same topic, positive viewpoint. Yay mental health!
Social media in a way is like marmite – you either love it or you hate it. However, the majority of people seem to love it and I can see why. Who wouldn’t want to connect with that person on the whole other side of the world with hobbies and interests the same as yours?
Although they could be catfishing you so… be careful.
But aside from that social media can actually be a great way to share your personal experiences with the world and for you to see who else has made the same mistake that had you cringing internally for a week (we’ve all been there).
Take Instagram for example. Not only does it let you gloat about the fabulous outfit you’ve put together or that stunning beach selfie from your last holiday, but it also creates a platform which allows you to promote your own brand or company on a much wider scale. With TV, you can reach your country – this is global. And if that isn’t for you, there are also pages that post the best inspirational quotes or fancy fitness pages that show you how to make avocado smoothies.
Or like the recently discontinued Vine (R.I.P), social media can also be used as a comedic outlet that lets you have a well-deserved giggle once in a while. If music is more your thing, apps like Musical.ly allow you to while away the hours creating or watching music videos and hilarious clips, generating an almost stress-free environment.
The economic upside to social media is that there are a lot more ways for people to make money through several outlets. For example, when you hit 1000 youtube followers, you can monetise your account, which means you can make money from advertising on your account. Alternatively, there is the option of becoming an ‘Instagram Model’, whose job it is to partner with brands through sponsorship campaigns and advertise their products through their photos and videos. Although some of these methods seem like they are cheating the system, it’s a great way to increase your capital without necessarily going through the whole CV process.
In the words of Mark Zuckerberg, CEO & Founder of Facebook: “When you give everyone a voice and give people power, the system usually ends up in a really good place.” Give yourself a voice through social media – you never know where it might get you.