As a Social Media Manager, I am constantly on the lookout for what people are saying about my babies. I have quite a few children. They are named Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Blog, LinkedIn, Periscope, etc. I say etc. because I’m like the woman who lived in a shoe who had so many social media children, it would take too long to list them. My love is spread equally throughout my social media channels. No playing favorites here. I love them all for many different reasons.
So you can imagine my chagrin when I discovered that the topic “Dangers of Social Media” was trending. It seems all anyone wants to talk about are the negative outcomes and effects of social media that may or may not occur in 30 years. With so many studies claiming the doom of culture and future generations due to the spread of the social media plague, I’d like to reply by spreading some social media love.
By now, everyone has heard of the 14-year old boy who was arrested for building a clock. He was mistaken for a terrorist building a bomb. Social Media channels blew up in response to this absurdity, with the President himself asking Ahmed to join him at the White House to see his invention.
Millenials are getting their news from social media, making them more aware of their political surroundings and giving them a medium for their voice to be heard. Families are reconnecting across oceans. Businesses are making sales. Companies are having success targeting a hard-to-reach young demographic. Troubled teenagers are finding they aren’t the only ones. Charities are finding more support. Law enforcement is using social media to incriminate more criminals.
An entire country used Facebook to find loved ones following a deadly Chilean earthquake.
When used correctly and effectively, social media can be the catalyst that launches a caring, loving, supportive, volunteering, economy-boosting generation.