Social media is an interactive computer-mediated technology that enables the creation and sharing of information, ideas, career interests and other forms of expression through a social network of individuals who interact through specific social media, potentially crossing the geographical and political boundaries to pursue mutual interests and goals (Han, Brazeal, & Pennington, 2018). <- Was that a direct quote? If so, use quotes and include a page #. It is a platform where the user can generate contents of various kinds such as text messages, comments, videos or even digital photos depending on the user’s ability. Users can as well create for themselves service-specific profiles for the website or may opt to download the apps that are already designed and maintained by the social media organizations. Here, you should state your thesis (e.g. that social media has some specific impact on society) and briefly explain how will support this claim in the remainder of the paper. Use indicators like “first” “next” and “finally” to lay out the order of the arguments you’ll make.
To a large extent, social media has indeed facilitated the development of the online social networks through connecting a user’s profile with that of individuals or even the involved group. For the users to access social media services through web-based technologies, they have to use gadgets such as desktops, laptops or even their smartphone and tablets by downloading services that offer social media functionalities to their mobile devices (Sheth, 2018). After accessing all these requirements, the user can now confidently create highly interactive platforms where individuals, communities and various organization can be able to share, co-create, discuss, and if need be they can modify the content that has been generated by the user, that is posted online.
Social media has profoundly revolutionized the way people view themselves, other people and the way in which they interact with the world around them. Do the preceding three claims sum up what you want to say about the impact of social media on society? The truth is that social media has countlessly provided exciting improvements in technology and thus increasing effective communication across cultures (Markham, 2018). It has also brought people’s attention to the events that are happening around the world. Whereas this may be true, the over-usage or poor management social media by the user may also lead to negative implications. These may prove to be harmful to the user or even the society at large. It is a global challenge in handling the overuse of social media because it is affecting almost all the generations in the world.
The use of social media and technology has positively impacted society in several ways. Bridging distances around the world are one of the positive impacts. People have for a long time been unable to travel to different parts of the world due to financial constraints among other factors best known to them (Markham, 2018). Through social media, they have able to get links and connections to countries of their aspirations through network connectivity. Indeed, is an added advantage because they do not need to spend much in the transport sector yet they can only subscribe to the internet services and then get connected as fast as they would wish without being distracted.
Social media and technology have also impacted the society economically in the sense that the businessmen am women can reach the global market so quickly. These have been achieved efficiently through advertisement (“Impact of Technology and Social Media on Sales Relationships,” 2013). From the advertisement perspective, social media has offered a great outlet for businesses, charities and individuals have been able to promote themselves. Businessmen and women have been able to advertise their products through these platforms, thus reaching out to global markets and clients quickly. An excellent example of the successful advertisement has been made by the Jumia online advertisement. Through the well-organized advertisement strategies, they have been able to tap potential clients thus sustaining their business transactions.
Social media and technology have made it easy for people globally to experience faster communication. In the time past before technology advanced, communication was not that efficient People would use various methods of communication such as blowing of horns, use of smoke, the beating of drums, post offices and these methods were not that efficient because they were prone to delays. With the social media on board, communication has been made faster and effective (Markham, 2018). Individuals need not wait for long to get immediate feedback, just by sending a text message via phone the recipient provides a quick answer. Communication has also been made faster through a media such as WhatsApp, e-mail, twitter, histogram, and just a few but to mention.
Through social media and technology, employment opportunities have been created. Many people have been able to secure employment opportunities because the information technology experts are always involved in the configurations of coded information in the computers. Understanding the use of equipment’s such as computers has also made many people to be employed in banks and supermarkets as cashiers (“Impact of Technology and Social Media on Sales Relationships,” 2013). This has also helped solve the problem of unemployment in the current society. Computers operate some of the industrial machines, and this then gives employment opportunities for those individuals with computer knowledge to run these machines. A majority of the youths have also been able to source for employment through legalized online jobs, which have proved to be of significant pay.
Apart from the aforementioned positive impacts of on the use of social media and technology, it also comes along with various tremendous adverse effects. Addiction is one, is a significant challenge of the use of social media and technology especially among the teenagers as well as young adults (Kim, Sin, & He, 2013). Currently, the habit is not only limited to the millennial generation but also to the adults from older ages because they are also embracing the use of social networks to keep connected to their friends and families who may be far from them due to jobs, schools and so on. In such scenarios, people tend to spend a lot of time that cannot be accounted for in the social sites thus distracts the attention for the particular chore as well as home duties and school assignments.
The continual use of social media and technology has also led to extreme moral decay. People have their differences since they are born and bred in different geographical settings. Before the further advancement of technology, morality and respect were appraises in the societies since it was a required norm (Kim, Sin, & He, 2013). The progress of technology has led to moral decadence in the sense that permissiveness in society has overridden the moral conducts. Pornographic articles and videos are all over on the internet; this has led to draw back in morality since a majority of the youth and the old alike spend most of their time viewing these site. There have therefore been rampant cases of sexually deviant behaviors such as rape that is affecting the young girls and children in particular.
The overuse of social media and technology has also led to Family Breakups. The use of phones has promoted this, where unfaithfulness among the married couples through experience. No one in the family would want to trust the husband or the wife for fear of being cheated on. People opt to remain single if they are not married or have a divorce to stay at peace. Due to the use of social media, family members have lacked social forums where they can meet together and chat their way forward and have good times and memories as a family. It has been replaced by the social media because everybody absorbed in the social media either through the phone, television and just a few but to mention, thus leading to family breakups.
Finally, the use of social media and technology has promoted Unhealthy Sleep Patterns. Apart from the anxiety and depression that comes from the overuse of social media, spending much time on the same can also lead to poor sleep (Sheth, 2018). As people try to meet their deadlines for submission of the given assignment either in school or at the workplace, they tend to sacrifice sleep, thereby interfering with the sleep cycle. Several anxieties keep the brain on high alert, preventing an individual from sleep. Those people that sleep with phones next to them should know that the light from the phone always suppresses the release of melatonin hormone, which is responsible for sleep (Kim, Sin, & He, 2013). It makes an individual ever to feel tired.
In conclusion, just like a coin has two faces, so is social media has both advantages and disadvantages which directly or indirectly affects the society. It is therefore upon an individual who subscribes to the social media and technology to decide best on what he or she wants to be and be after using it. Remember that every choice made by an individual in his or her lifetime in the world has consequences that cannot felt. Therefore, one can choose whatever he or she wants basing the reasoning the factors as mentioned earlier.
Okay, you have a lot of different claims here, but you need to reorganize the paper a bit. Start with making sure you have a comprehensive intro paragraph that summarizes exactly what you play to say in the paper. Your thesis is something like, “Social media impacts society in both positive and negative ways”. Then try organize your claims. Start with the fact that social media instantly connects people from different cultures globally. Then talk about economic benefits. You have two separate paragraphs where you discussed commercial use and employment respectively. Then move on to the negatives. After you are satisfied, with your intro paragraph simply rearrange you paper’s body paragraphs to reflect the order of the plan you laid out in your intro. Again, most of your work here is already done. You just need to organize it. Also, be careful to quote and cite when you are using the authors words, and cite well when paraphrasing too.