Social Media is Good

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Perla Fernandez, Staff Writer

Should social media be canceled? According to an article on “PC”, over 64% of Americans think social media negatively affects people. However, I believe social media isn’t all bad. Indeed, social media can be a positive place for people.

Social media can be positive because it helps people express themselves, and it is a good form of activism. Many people have been using social media to fight for what they believe. For example, people have been using social media to spread awareness of all the hate crimes the AAPI community has recently received. Also, many people use social media to share their artwork and record videos to share their opinion on important topics like voting, the BLM movement, and domestic violence. Furthermore, many people have blogs where they write about things that they have strong opinions about, and people use social media to share their baking recipes/tips, fashion trends, and artwork. 

Social media can be positive because it helps people build friendships. It is an excellent way to communicate with others, especially in a pandemic, which is a terrifying time and can be boring. So, communication can be very supportive and helpful. I have been using social media to stay in touch with my friends while social distancing. Even without the pandemic, social media is an excellent way to keep in touch with friends and family that live far away. Sometimes I use apps like Snapchat and WhatsApp to talk to my friends and family from Georgia. In addition, an article in the Washington Post called five ways social media can be suitable for teens said that social media helps teens connect with others and build new friendships.

Social media can also be positive because it can be an excellent place to get inspiration, relax, and have fun. Apps like Pinterest help people bring new ideas for artworks or makeup looks. After a long day of school or work, many go to Instagram and TikTok to watch funny and entertaining videos as a way to have fun and relax. Lastly, an article on Elle discussed how in a test done to adults, women who used social media are less stressed than other women who don’t.

In conclusion, social media is positive because it can be relaxing, helps people build friendships, and is a good form of communication. In addition, social media allows people to express themselves, and it is a good form of activism. On the other hand, many people believe that social media is very toxic. However, as proven throughout my essay, there are many reasons why social media is good. What is your opinion? Do you think Social media is bad or good?