There’s no denying the impact that social media has had on society. Unfortunately, the negative impact seems to outweigh the positive.
Nonetheless, I’m here to tell you that you can put social media to good use, and this is how.
1. Connect with Old Friends and Distant Family Using Social Media
This one is a no-brainer. You never know where life will take you. But lucky for you, you can stay in touch with your loved ones.
There are many social media platforms that let you check in with friends and family. Social media can be a good way to stay in touch with friends who live far away, and you don’t see that often.
A lot of times your followers and online connections can get lost in your feed. Just remember to actually make an effort to interact with others on these platforms. That’s what they were made for.
2. Network and Job Hunt With More Ease
Social media isn’t all fun and games. You can get some serious stuff accomplished using these platforms. Social networks like LinkedIn make it easy for users to job search and network with others.
Take advantage of these opportunities. Just remember that because these are networking tools, you’ll want to make sure that your appear professional and competent on these sites.
I’ve heard many horror stories of people losing out on jobs because of some unsavory things on their social media accounts. Make sure that everything you post is something you wouldn’t be embarrassed about potential employers seeing.
Nowadays, many businesses judge determine whether or not they’ll hire you based upon some of the things you post online.
3. Take Advantage of Dating Apps While You’re At It
Another great feature of social media that you can use are dating apps. They make meeting new people and flirting so much easier. It is very simple to use and an easy way for you to engage with others in your area. Using this way of communication, you can easily get to know more about people without risking your safety. I’m not saying that this can altogether replace traditional dating, but for the beginning it makes things a lot easier. It also saves your time, so you don’t have to waste it on someone who’s just not your cup of tea.
4. Stay Up to Date on Current Events With a Ton of News Apps
Gone are the days of watching the evening news or reading the newspaper at the breakfast table. Much more often, people get their news online through social media.
Many traditional media outlets are trying to stay relevant and have social media accounts you can follow. That way you can stay up to date on current events.
Now if you are using social media as a news source, you’ve probably already heard some of the controversy surrounding it.
Some groups argue that it is not a reliable news source. Not everything posted online has gone through the rigorous fact-checking that traditional media sources are subjected to. Additionally, because you’re choosing what stories are relevant to you, your media consumption may be a bit one-sided.
Just be aware to read social media content critically and try to view a diverse amount of news articles.
5. Social Media Makes it Easy to Join a Cause You’re Passionate About
Actually, you could even make radical social changes using social media. I could list all the movements, petitions, donations, and humanitarian actions that started on social media and eventually manifested into real results.
The fact is, social media allows people to tell and share stories. You can easily support a cause by talking or spreading the word about any given subject. You have control here.
And even if you do not make a huge difference, it will make you feel better about yourself. And by making you feel better, an improvement in a society has already been made.