The popularity of Social Media and the social networking websites has increased a lot in the last few years, adding a lot of things in our daily life that most of us would never have imagined.
At the beginning, it was shocking to know that people are visiting social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter more often than internet giant Google. However, now it is not at all hard to believe that the sources of obtaining information on the internet have changed.
While it is true that Social Media has changed the way the world thinks, there is always a debate going on about the productivity and addictive nature of social networking websites.
- Facebook is the website that is ranked #1 by Alexa for generating most traffic on the internet, Google is #2.
- Instagram, the mobile photo platform on Facebook which has never generated any income has 13 employees working on this platform with a price of $1 Billion.
- Facebook currently has more than 850 million monthly active users who upload about 250 photos on Facebook every day.
- 2.7 Billion likes are generated every day on Facebook.
- 57% of Facebook users are female.
- 175 Million tweets are made every day on Twitter.
- About 1 million accounts are added to Twitter every day.
- Lady Gaga has maximum number of followers on Twitter followed by Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Shakira, and Rihana.
- YouTube is the third most visited website on the web according to Alexa following Facebook and Google.
- Around 2 billion views are generated on YouTube every day.
- More than 800,000 videos are uploaded you YouTube every day.
- An average of the duration of videos on YouTube is 2 minutes and 46 seconds.
Is Social Networking Good For Us?
Why Social Networking is bad
Potential Security Threat :
With increasing number of spammers and hackers on the web, social networks have become a potential security threat for every user. So, if you are one of the social networking lovers then this might be the time for you to wake up from the easy journey. Even if you are not a very active user of social networking websites, you are risking your privacy in the hands of those who might misuse it.
Use of social networking websites may easily put your computer at risk of getting infected by several viruses and malware which might even be responsible for stealing important information like your bank account credentials.
Misguiding Information :
Before the introduction of social networks to the world, people used to use search engines like Google for searching for information. However, these days people can easily share information on social networking websites making it even easier for someone to misguide people by spreading rumours and fake news .
Search engines might restrict certain content from being shared on the internet, but there is no such restriction on websites like Facebook and Twitter, which has made misguiding people easier.
Destroying Relations :
It is a funny, yet important fact that social networking websites have destroyed more relations than those they have made. While at one point it is beneficial to know via social networks that your spouse is having an affair. Sometimes it is much better for the information to not be shared between two people.
Moreover, torturing and blackmailing with an anonymous name has become really easy, which is, once again making a big change in how people handle their personal relationships.
Social networking websites usually take up a lot of time that you might, otherwise, have wanted to spend with your family which makes personal relations weaker. People often feel comfortable conversing through social networks and not through personal meetings which can be a very unhealthy way of communication.
A Waste of Time :
Now this is one point which most of people would agree with – social networking websites are time eaters. Ever since social networking websites have been made public, they have destroyed a lot of our time which we might have used for many things that might have stood productive for society.
Spending a lot of time in front of a computer or cell phone screen using Facebook and Twitter reduces talent in youngsters, hence creating a loophole in the process of development of the world.
Why Social Networking Is Good
There is always a risk of being in an accident whenever we step out of our homes. Even when you are sleeping in your bed, earthquake might make a building fall on you and kill you. Just because of that we have not stopped ourselves from walking on roads, or creating buildings: just like that there is no point in running away from social networks because of few ‘side-effects’ when they have so much more to offer to us. Though, social networks, at some point, might prove bad, they can be extremely helpful for us.
Communication Made Easy :
Social networking websites have made it very easy for us to search out our long lost connections and renew them with just one click on the mouse. Every day, we might discover something new just because of social networking website that we visit which we might not have noticed otherwise.
Calling through phone is expensive, however, you can ping all your connections at once using social networking websites without having to spend a penny. Many web sites provide customization on sharing which not only makes it cost effective, but also time saving for people to share content.
Promotion can be fun :
If you are an artist, or someone who has got some talent to share then you have got a best place to share and promote your content. No matter what the world has to say, there is no better free method than social networking websites for promotion and sharing of interesting content, and of your talent.
Marketing Research :
These days, a lot of marketing research companies are using social networking websites to discover what people like and dislike. This has made learning what people need, and hence updating market accordingly very easy. So, if you are into marketing research, social networking websites can be a great source for you to learn what your customers want.
New Connections Are Always a Good Idea :
Social networking websites have given us a very good opportunity to make new connections over the internet. If you are searching for a friend and can’t find it where you live, then you can just sign up for a social network and let requests for friends roll in your mailbox. Social networks can always be helpful in bringing common interests together.
Many people find it easy to have a conversation on the internet because they have some kind of trust issues. Though it is not always a good idea, but for many people it can be useful for curing of several psychiatric issues.
Good For Teachers :
Being a familiar tool for students, teachers can always take help of social networking websites or recommend their students for sharing of assignments and important information. Teachers can also use social networks for enhancing their own knowledge and interactions with students to keep themselves updated with the best techniques of teaching.
Digital Awareness :
The awareness of people on several topics when social networks were not there in the world can be compared with today, and you will find that things have changed. Social networking websites have played a very big role in making people more aware of themselves, and of the world.
”Everybody has a story to tell, trying to convince that their story is the best one is not a very good idea!” While the debate of how social networks are good and bad will never end, you might choose to make an effective decision, just now.
Use of Social networking websites is contagious, and you cannot always avoid using them when everybody else in the world is using them. So, here are some suggestions that you might want to keep in mind when you use a social network next time
- Be cautions. Be wise. If you are aware, and good at what you do, nobody can harm you.
- Make your friends and family aware, and take all the security measures that you should.
- Avoid using the same password on multiple social networking websites.
- Keep your security software up to date.
Stay aware. Stay safe!