OP: The benefits of social media, using it to our benefit

13 November 2018

Abby Jadali

ajadali@uccs.edu

Almost all of us use some form of social media. Whether that be Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram we are connected with friends, family and strangers in one virtual way or another.

Most people are under the impression that social media is a toxicity in this world that needs to be eradicated. They are in the strong belief that it is affecting our young people and making them out to be antisocial “zombies.” While there are bad sides to social media, i.e., staring at a screen for too long or not interacting face to face with other people, social media has its positive side too.

An article written by Dave Parrack on makeuseof.com suggests that there are some positive points about social media. Some of these points include communication, building relationships and being in touch with the world.

If we did not have social media, we wouldn’t be able to share important news with those around us, meet people we would never have met before or know of current events happening outside of our inner circles.

Aside from these factors, social media is also the best thing for someone who wants to start a business.

When you look around, everyone is making money through YouTube, selling things on Etsy, creating a following on Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat, and so much more. So many people are pushing past the “normal” job route they were destined to go in since they were young and working more with their creativity.

The use of social media is also helpful for those who have an artistic flare. If you want to be a writer, an artist, a designer, a musician, etc., it is so much easier to do so with the help of social media.

With the touch of a button, you can advertise and market yourself on a multitude of platforms and even though it might take some time a following will start to form and your personal business will take off.

So, as a society we need to hop off the bandwagon of not liking social media because it has come to help so many people who don’t want a normal job setting, who want to be their own boss or who just want to actually enjoy the work they do.

Of course, we should all be aware of the intrusiveness that comes with social media but as long as we are safe and understanding of how these sites work there should not be too many problems.

Give social media a shot and if you are someone who has a true interest in a career where you can let your artistic side shine (regardless of the form) don’t be afraid to market yourself, build that following and make a living off of doing something you love.

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