Essay Made Easy: Social Media, A SOURCE OF CONNECTING PEOPLE OR DISCONNECTING THEM

Essay Made Easy

Introduction

Different types of media

  • Print media
  • Electronic media

Social media and its types

  • Blogs and micro-blogs (Twitter)
  • Social networking sites (Facebook)
  • Social commerce (Amazon, Alibaba)
  • Social media news (Digg)
  • VolP Software (Skype, MSN)

Social Media as a source of connecting people

  • Connecting with unknown people belonging to other nations and states
  • Connecting with the people one already knows, irrespective of their location(s)
  • Possibility of staying connected with others round the clock
  • Little cost of maintaining connection
  • Fast and speedy connectivity
  • Easy tracing of lost contacts
  • Benefits of connectivity through social media

Social benefits

  • Shares information
  • Upgrades living standards
  • Serves as a source of education
  • Eliminates social biases

Political benefits

  • Spreads political awareness
  • Assists in political decision-making
    o Arab Spring 2011
    o General Elections 2013 in Pakistan
  • Highlights public issues and grievances

Economic benefits

  • Gives information on economic opportunities
  • Provides platform for economic activities
  • Renders assistance in economic decision- making

Religious benefits

  • Imparts religious education
  • Eliminates religious biases
  • Serves as a platform for religious preaching

Administrative benefits

  • Serves as source of information-sharing
  • Assists in quick decision-making
  • Helps in ensuring better governance

Social media as a source of disconnect of the people

  • Weakening of family bonds
  • Decrease in traditional get together
  • Decline in sports activities
  • Scarcity of time

A glimpse over some other evils of social media

  • Spoil of moral values
  • Wastage of time
  • Acts of cheating and fraud
  • Deleterious impacts on health
  • Promotion of hatred and antagonism
  • Unreliability of information

Causes of evils of social media

  • Absence of proper control mechanism
  • Poor performance of regulatory authorities
  • No focus on character-building in educational institutes
  • Absence of other recreational facilities
  • Easy availability of technology
  • Cheaper  access to social media sites
  • Incognito access to social media sites

Recommendations for eliminating the harmful impacts of social media

  • Application of some mandatory filters and controls
    o At national level
    o At local level
  • Launching of awareness campaigns
  • Enactment of stringent laws
  • Effective role of regulatory authorities
  • Effective role of education sector in character-building
  • Provision of better sports and recreational facilities
  • Enhancement of service cost

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