Social Media Networks: The good, The Bad and the Ugly! (Part 1)

Before I start, I need to mention that this article has to do with the entire range of social media networks that exist today: Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Instagram etc and not just one in particular. In the first of a 2-part series we will examine the good and bad of social Media networks in general.

I started using social media back in the days of MySpace. At that point, I had a lot of time on my hands and the entire idea of having my own ‘space’ on the net intrigued me. I was writing blogs, interacting with others on the forum, making friends and enemies. It was fun.

Then Facebook came along and took over. So after a few years of using Myspace, we ‘migrated’ to the new platform that was now all the hype. Facebook had a different interface and its biggest attraction was the fact that you could see exactly what your friends were doing, thinking or whatever just by looking at the activity stream. How cool is that?!

You can post pictures, chat and interact even better than Myspace. But all these cool features come with certain side effects that you should be aware of. And this is what I am going to talk about today.

The Good

New Friends

This is one of the obvious pros. You can connect with new friends and extend your own social network in real life. Its biggest advantage is its ability to help you socialize with members in your zip code.

Connectivity with the entire Globe

As a social media user, I am able to connect with a lot of people all over the world. Places I have never been to, new habits and cultures all there in front of me. I can interact with people who have the same interests as me, half way across the globe.

Not only that but certain social media have been used to transmit important information at times of crisis (such as a terrorist strikes) to inform others about safety and the status of the situation. I can clearly remember people reporting the situation during the bombings of Paris and Belgium in 2015 and 2016 by posting messages or videos at the time when the phone networks were overloaded.

Business Opportunities

When used properly, facebook can be great for finding new clients or selling your services or items. It can be a great marketing tool, provided you follow certain rules.

Reconnecting with old friends

This is perhaps the coolest feature of Facebook. You can find your old classmates and reconnect. That pal from the army days is also there. So is your high school sweetheart. Provided they do want to reconnect with you too, of course.

Ease of connectivity

Sometimes all we need is to ask someone a quick question. Forget phones or emails. Jump on Facebook and chances are, your contact is there. Just send a message or chat him up. That’s it. You got your info and now you are moving on! Time saved!

Fun

The obvious part. I personally had a lot of fun while using it back in the day when I had a lot of time on my hands.

Now let’s look at some of the problems of social media and Facebook.

The Bad

Wasting precious time

Facebook and social media are a lot of fun. The problem with that is, when you are having fun, it is easy to lose track of time. You will forget to do things on a personal or professional level.

People spend entire days chatting with others on Facebook and don’t even eat or sleep. Which brings us to the next point.

Image source: Facebook.com

No personal Growth/improvement


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by Nick Sigma CWC, EH, E-YRT200

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