4 Pros And Cons On My Love-Hate Relationship With Social Media

4 Pros And Cons On My Love-Hate Relationship With Social Media

Is social media detrimental or beneficial for society?

Let’s face it, social media plays a HUGE role in our everyday lives. It's a way to stay connected and updated with current and social events. Everything nowadays is documented and nothing really goes unseen. Whether it was what your friend ate for their lunch or their favorite song that they sang in the car earlier on their snap story, it’s all content shared for people to see it.

Although, with all the advancements that technology has brought us, with good always comes bad.

Sometimes it's important to take a step back and think, "Is what I'm posting necessary?"

I came up with my own list of pros and cons for social media:

1. It's An Awesome Platform for Networking

Opportunities are readily at our fingertips. It has made life more convenient and has saved us time from everyday tasks such as finding the best deals through websites like Groupon or finding job opportunities through sites such as Linkedin with just a click of a button.

The way we live and our daily habits have drastically changed over the years.

The way we connect in this world today is insane. Messages are sent and received within seconds rather than back in the day where it would take a couple of hours through a telegraph. Or if we really want to head back in time, cave wall writing were means used for communication.

2. Decreased Productivity

People spend countless hours scrolling through their feed of social media accounts. Then come to realize there was no actual gain for themselves other than the indulgence. It's a huge factor in why productivity levels have decreased in the workplace.

“Workers who surf social media instead of doing work could be costing their employers millions of dollars in lost productivity.” -Lisa Marie Mercer

Social media can also alter your chances to land a job. I have personally heard stories that people have been denied jobs due to what content they may have posted on their social media accounts.

I sit in class and watch as many people pay no mind to the lesson being taught and instead are on their phones scrolling through what the person sitting next to them did the previous night.

3. Lowers Self-Esteem

People are constantly comparing themselves to the person next to them. Like they say, the grass will always seem greener on the other side.

I feel like people get too caught up with intangible egoistical factors of social media such as the followers they gain and the likes they may or may not receive on a picture or post.

The addiction to social media aids in the phenomena, FOMO- Fear of Missing Out. Everyone constantly wants to be updated with the new dramas or trends or else they feel as if they are out of the loop.

According to an Australian study, "Every time we post, share, ‘like,’ comment or send an invitation online, we are creating an expectation,” according to the study. “We feel a sense of belonging and advance our concept of self through sharing.”

Seratonin is released everytime you receive a follow request or a like on a post. It almost like a drug and people can't go a day let alone an hour without it.

It has become a platform where people turn to for instant gratification by just a click of a button.

4. Outlet For Creativity

Whether it's creating/streaming music to posting pieces of visual arts to be shared. It's an outlet where people can express themselves through creative content that they post. People use creative ways to advertise their products and also raise awareness on matters that are important to them also through blogging.

It has given society the chance to spread ideas more easily and discover passions.

It's important to remember when you are posting something to be seen by other people other than yourself, to ask yourself questions such as:

"Is what I'm posting affecting someone's life in a positive or negative way?"

Set limits/boundaries for yourself on how long you are on it each day and your intentions while using it.

It’s clear to see that social media has changed the world, but has it been for the better or the worse?

Use the media, don't let it use you.

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10 Simples Ways To Become A More Eco-Friendly Person

By making a few simple changes to your lifestyle, you can make a positive impact on the environment!

We live in such a beautiful place and it’s so important for us to protect our earth. For future generations to enjoy what we have, it is up to us to minimize our ecological footprints. The key is to minimize waste while maximizing use. I’ve come up with 10 simple steps to help you become a more eco-friendly person. Together we can make a difference and protect our planet!

1. Recycle!

I know this one is obvious, but it's one of the easiest and most important things you can do to make a positive impact on the environment. Recycling helps cut back on the amount of waste being produced. And with less waste being produced, there is less pollution, less energy being used, and less deforestation caused by landfill sites. I keep a small storage container in my apartment for my recyclables and place it next to my garbage bin to remind to always recycle when possible.

2. Use reusable bags

By using reusable bags, you are reducing the use of plastic. There is a terrifying amount of plastic in our ocean due to pollution and waste. Grab some reusable bags next time you're at the grocery store to help protect our ocean and sea life, and always keep them in your car so you don't forget them.

3. Always keep a travel coffee mug and water bottle in your bag

Keep yourself from purchasing a bottle of water whenever you get thirsty by always having a water bottle with you. This is better for the environment and your wallet! Also, keep a reusable coffee cup in your bag for the next time you want to grab a coffee. This is a great way to reduce waste and some coffee shops even offer you a discount for using a reusable cup.

4. Keep your jars and containers from products

Instead of throwing away the jars and containers from products, reuse them for storage. I always save my coconut oil jars and put nuts and trail mix in them. Some people even transform their pantries with reusable jars which aren't only eco-friendly but also super cute!

5. Say to no straws

80-90% of marine pollution comes from plastic including many straws as they almost never make it to the recycling bin. 500 million straws are used every single day in the United States. Choose to go strawless or invest in some reusable straws to help cut back on plastic waste. You can find cute glass and wood reusable straws online.

6. Shop at your local farmers market

By purchasing your produce at your local farmers market, you will reduce transportation waste and support your local economy. Plus, going to the farmers market is a fun way to spend a Saturday!

7. Walk or bike whenever possible

If you live in a town where you can walk or bike instead of driving, take full advantage of the opportunity to reduce transportation waste. Not only are these options eco-friendly but they're also a great way to get some exercise and clear your head! During my walks to class, I take time to set my intentions for the day. Exercise also puts you in a positive mindset so you'll be ready to take on your day!

8. Start using Ecosia

Ecosia is an eco-friendly search engine. Each time you search the web, a tree is planted in return. If you're anything like me, you probably use Google or another search engine several times a day. By switching to Ecosia, you'll be positively affecting our environment. I have made Ecosia my internet homepage on my computer to make sure I never forget to use it.

9. Start using coconut oil

Coconut oil can be used for both cooking and personal care. Coconut oil can be heated at high temperatures without becoming carcinogenic, making it great for cooking. It can also be used as a makeup remover, shaving cream, moisturizer and hair mask. By using coconut oil, you'll be reducing the number of other products you buy, which in return, will reduce waste.

10. Eat less meat

Last but not least, eating less meat can make a huge difference in the environment. The meat industry is responsible for using a large amount of water, creates pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and habitat destruction. I understand not everyone wants to go vegan or vegetarian, but simply reducing the number of meat and animal products you consume will make a positive difference. "Meatless Mondays" are a great option for eating less meat as you dedicate one day a week to eating only plant-based foods.

Information used from: The Last Plastic Straw, Mother Jones, Recycle Guide UK, and TIME.

Cover Image Credit: Photo by Jeanine Goodall

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