Is it just me, or is every connotation you see these days regarding social media, a negative one? It seems every Tom, Dick and Harry is creating a film on social media GONE WRONG. We’re taught to be scared of putting ourselves out there on the internet. We’re told it’s weird that we want others to know what we’re doing and who we’re with.
I’m personally sick of the negatives. It’s understandable that when using social media platforms such as twitter and Instagram, we have to be sensible but come on. It doesn’t take a genius not to write your full address including post code and phone number on your twitter account.
In terms of what I’m about to talk about, I’m not referring to children using social media. There are obvious rules and restrictions that should be regarded when kids are using the internet for safety reasons, of course. But I’m a 21 years old and I’m sick of seeing social media positioned in a bad light.
What many people fail to realise is that social media is the now and it’s not going anywhere any time soon. You either get to grips with it or you fall out of touch. It’s the era we live in and we should embrace it and use it for good!
There are so many positives to social media platforms. Seeing my friends using twitter, Instagram, snapchat and more to promote doing the things they love legitimately fills me with pride! These are the people using their initiative. They’re climbing their way to the top without having to grab onto anyone else to help them along their journey. They’re grasping what they have around them and using it to their advantage and it works.
It shouldn’t be news to anyone that knows me that I am a huge fan of social media, owning a twitter, Instagram, wordpress(lol) and YouTube account (but to name a few). I love using these channels to further my interest in my hobbies. It’s a way of networking with other people who love the same things I love, what could possibly be bad about that?
Not only this, but blogging is the new trend and a great way of getting people to talk about contentious issues. As the world around us (hopefully) begins to liberalise, we’re aiding the discussions that need to happen in order to promote this liberalisation. The more I see posts about things that before the realm of social media, people would feel awkward talking about, the more I want to research and blog about them myself. Using myself as an example, death is an issue many people avoid talking about openly. I used my platform to try and make this something that can be spoken about more openly. There’s something comforting in being able to read a strangers words and know that they want to help you in issues you want to discuss but feel awkward raising and blogging helps dramatically in this field.
People use social media to promote exciting experiences, talents and events. They use it to help others, to provide opinions and healthy debate. They use it to connect with others and forward their careers. These are all positives that social media platforms help with.
There will always be negatives when things like twitter is used in the wrong ways, but that is down to the irresponsible people using it in those ways. We need to be aware that social media used badly can have a negative impact, but don’t degrade it because of these few issues when there are so many ways social media can be used for good.
I hope more people start blogging, vlogging and promoting themselves. Social media is something great andd we’re lucky we have such an inexhaustible tool literally and the tip of our fingers.
Acknowledgements of a couple friends smashing the social media world: shout out to Liv Woodhead helping the rest of us gym lovers with her fitness Instagram account @livjade_fit and a group of very talented boys, Rak-Su who have jut released their Dive Ep, which you can find on Spotify and iTunes. You guys inspired this blog, keep doing you x