Does Social Media Cause More Harm Than Good?

People instinctively think that social media has been a huge addition to our society. But is this true? I consider some pros and cons before reaching a conclusion on its impact on our society.

Does Social Media Cause More Harm Than Good?

Happy Sunday!

I'll start this weeks newsletter with a question. Does social media cause more harm than good?

Social media is a great way to connect with people; friends, family, colleagues and the ilk. We can look back on past photos and laugh at the silly outfits or poses we once thought were cool. During the lockdown, social media has probably been the best way to keep updated about what's going on in the lives of the people close to us. Daily zoom calls with our network isn't practical given our busy lives.

On the other hand, we're all too aware of the negatives that social media brings. Strangers are generally nastier online when hiding behind a username. Things like online bullying, online stalking or privacy concerns and use of our data are also some of the drawbacks of social media use. We also know that social media companies collectively spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year on psychologists and other advisers, to ensure that their apps are as addictive as possible — raising all kinds of ethical questions.

Despite this, the benefits of social media are undeniable. But I'm not so convinced that in aggregate, the benefits of social media outweigh the drawbacks. Although, I do think that with careful management, we can tip the odds ever so slightly in our favour, where the potential benefits do outweigh the drawbacks. But we should always keep in mind that not all social media platforms are created equal. We shouldn't aim to keep a presence on all social media platforms, as their drawbacks far outweigh their benefits (I'm looking at you Facebook).

What do you all think? What are your experiences of social media? And do you think the benefits can outweigh the negatives? Reply to this email and let me know your thoughts.

Have an awesome week ahead,

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