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  1. 1. Lightner 1 Clayton Lightner Harold Blanco FYS 100 20 November 2015 The Benefits of Social Media Social media is something that is relatively new to society. It comes in many forms, some more popular than others. Some examples of social media that people use on a regular day basis are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumbler. Social media is a fast growing business with about 164 million Americans using social media as of 2011 (Clemmit 83). This was four years ago so it is safe to say the number has grown significantly with the constant technological advancements we have today. With social media there are both benefits and concerns. Some concerns that come from social media, are said to be hurting personal relationships, eroding privacy, and has gotten to a point to where people are at a point to where they need the social media to function (Clemmitt 86-89). Even with the negatives people have pointed out, the amount of benefits outweigh the concerns. Some examples of benefits are, it engages communication with communities, helps the medical field share different ideas and practices for patients, and allows people to speak their mind (Clemmitt 85-95; Stott 519-521). Social media is growing rapidly and the benefits associated with social media are benefitting society in multiple ways and as technology advances, more and more benefits to society will be discovered. With anything there are both pros and cons, however one usually outweighs the other. And with social media the benefits and pros greatly outweigh the concerns. With that being said,
  2. 2. Lightner 2 the concerns should not be ignored. One concern that people say, is that social media is hurting the personal relationships that people are forming. Relationships that are forming from social media is growing very fast. A lot of this is because people do not prefer face-to-face communication. In a survey with people born between 1990 and 1999 on favored communications, the number one preferred method was texting and number two was communicating via Facebook, with face-to-face conversation coming in last (Clemmitt 84). With more people preferring to communicate online, it makes them more susceptible to identity fraud and hoaxes (Clemmitt 84). One of the more famous instances of this was with Manti Te’o, a Heisman finalist from Notre Dame. He said he was in a relationship for two years and during his final season she had died from cancer (Clemmitt 83). After the season had ended, he had found out the truth and his reputation was tarnished because of what happened. Throughout the year people were sympathetic for him because he was having to play and go through such a tough loss and when it was found out, people thought he did it as a publicity stunt even though he really did not know. This is just one example of many that people say is raising concern to social media. Looking at examples of this, it can be avoided. Manti Te’o not being able to meet his girlfriend should have been an alarm that something is off. Just being aware and not being naïve about the situation can help avoid this problem. The second concern people believe comes from social media is that privacy is no longer there for people anymore. People are able to find out almost anything about a person now with all of the things people put online. Social media in some cases is hurting college students that are going into professional schools. In a survey with medical school admissions officers, 53 percent said unprofessional behavior on that applicants social media could jeopardize that candidate’s spot. Other examples of privacy being violated is identity fraud. It happens all the time to people
  3. 3. Lightner 3 because of information people find online about people. People say these are concerns, however a majority of these problems can be avoided. If people would not put information that is private online, then these awful things would not happen to them. A lot of the blame should fall on the person. The last negative point is that kids now, are dependent on social media. Kaveri Subrahmanyam, a psychology professor at California State University, has examined how the dependency of social media and technology has affected kids (Clemmitt 87). She says kids sleep with their phones and in the middle of the night wake up to respond to something on twitter or a text (Clemmitt 87). This will hinder the way kids function because of the lack of sleep. Another professor at the university, Larry Rosen, conducted an experiment on middle school, high school, and university students. He monitored them at home and came to the conclusion that if the student checked Facebook during a 15 minute study session, that student had a lower GPA (Clemmitt 87). A lot of these problems can be linked to the parents. The parents are allowing the kid to have their phone during a time when they should not which leads to dependency. A vast majority of that problem could be avoided with have rules associated with the technology. The benefits to social media outweigh the concerns that have been given. A majority of the concerns could be fixed and avoided all together. The first benefit of social media is that it helps engage people with the community. In 2011 there was a police shooting in the London riots, and it helped people engage in helpful social engagement. On twitter a hashtag called #riotcleanup rallied people and the streets were cleaned up (Clemmitt 85-86). Social media is also helpful when it comes to giving donations throughout the community you are living in (Clemmitt 86). Issues that come up can be debated in your own home instead of having to go to the local courthouse. And since people prefer to communicate online, people are more
  4. 4. Lightner 4 comfortable engaging in debates about community issues. Engaging in community issues has never been easier and a lot of that is owed to social media. The second benefit to social media is linked to the medical field being able to communicate different practices and the sharing of general useful information. At the Royal College of Nursing, they have discussion forums that the nurses use to discuss different policies and practices done and share advice with other colleagues (Stott 519). It is not just the professionals in the medical field than find this opportunity to share information useful. Regular people can get use out of this on a regular basis. If the general public have a question, it is easy to get advice from a nurse or professional with the ability to instant message someone on Facebook or tweet them directly (Stott 520). With the ability to do that, advice can be given much faster than waiting for an appointment at a doctor’s office. And with about 355,000 nurses using Facebook, the ease of communicating with someone is very high. With technology advancing, communicating in the medical field will only get easier and will be more relevant to society. Lastly, with social media, people are able to speak their mind. It has already been mentioned how people prefer to communicate online, so from that the conclusion can be drawn that people will be more open to voicing their opinion and speaking their mind via Twitter, Facebook etc. In other countries the government regulates a lot of the information online. Here people are allowed to say whatever they want without serious repercussions. With smartphones, people are able to have social media at their fingertips at all times (Clemmitt 95). So if something happened to a person that brought out an emotion, that person can get on social media and speak their mind and say how they feel. In the United States, the freedom to say what you
  5. 5. Lightner 5 want should be taken advantage of, and social media is a way that is extremely useful in exercising that right and will only continue to grow as more social media gets created. In conclusion, the concerns and benefits of social media were stated and example of each were given. The concerns could be fixed and regulated to where they could be limited if not avoided all together. The benefits of people having the ability to speak their mind, the medical field being able to share information with colleagues, and people getting engaged with the community are strong points and there is plenty of examples and detail of them being beneficial. As social media grows and develops more and more, numerous benefits to social media will result.
  6. 6. Lightner 6 Works Cited Belangee, Susan, Marina Bluvshtein, and Daniel Haugen. "Cybersocial Connectedness: A Survey Of Perceived Benefits And Disadvantages Of Social Media Use."Journal Of Individual Psychology 71.2 (2015): 122-134. Academic Search Premier. Web. 18 Nov. 2015. Cardon, Peter W., and Bryan Marshall. "The Hype And Reality Of Social Media Use For Work Collaboration And Team Communication." Journal Of Business Communication 52.3 (2015): 273-293.Business Source Premier. Web. 18 Nov. 2015. Clemmitt, M. (2013, January 25). Social Media explosion. CQ Researcher, 23, 81-104. Stott, Ian. "Social Media In The Workplace: Approach With Caution." Nursing & Residential Care 17.9 (2015): 519-521 3p. CINAHL Complete. Web. 18 Nov. 2015.

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