Based on the materials presented in class and your own background knowledge and experiences, do you think social media has overall had a more positive or negative impact on the world?
In my opinion, social media has overall had a more positive impact. Although social media has brought along some mental health issues, as discussed in Thalia and Iram’s presentation, it has also allowed people to connect all over the world and share their lives. Some examples from that presentation were depression and loneliness, however social media can also lift these issues, allowing users to talk to others even when they may not be able to in person.
Another huge positive impact social media has had is on the LGBTQ+ community, which was covered by Maria and Mythili. This community did not have many outlets to share their stories and help others feel less alone. When a explosion of members of the community joined YouTube, there was suddenly a place people could go to understand that people under this umbrella are exactly the same.
There are many negative effects that social media has had as well. In my presentation of Facebook and it’s effects on politics, I discussed how filter bubbles have caused us to only see articles and ads that algorithms believe we will like. Because of this, we do not see other opinions any more, causing us to become very closed minded if we do not stay aware of this problem and seek oppositions. As well, Kevin and Payam presented on “big data”, which was about how tons and tons of our information is stored and sold by companies for profit. Social media has definitely given us a loss of security.
Overall, I believe that social media has had a more positive effect. Although there are obvious negative effects, social media has allowed us to expand our intelligence to connect worldwide, allowing humans to do things they have never done before.