The Pros And Cons Of Each Major Social Media Platform

The Pros And Cons Of Each Major Social Media Platform

Let's just start filing selfies and filters under "necessary evil."
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Social media’s benefits and drawbacks is one of those topics that no one can quite seem to agree on. Some people have made a successful career out of social media, some people will say it’s their favorite way to spend their free time and some people will equate it to the devil and blame it for all of the modern world’s problems. The most accurate take on social media is probably the point of view that admits both the positives and the negatives of social media. Each form of social media is different, and each one has pros and cons. It’s important to note that these aren’t ranked; choose between Tumblr, Twitter or Instagram? Please.

1. Instagram

Pros: Instagram is a great social media for self-expression. You can post photos of your friends, yourself and what you’re doing on your feed and your story. It’s probably also one of the easiest to navigate while still leaving room for a lot of creativity.

Cons: Not sure about you guys, but my feed has sponsored posts from companies I don’t follow about every three posts, and it drives me nuts. I also want to know who at Instagram’s corporate office decided that we wanted our posts ordered by some algorithm and not chronologically -- how am I supposed to post at just the right time to get the max amount of likes? Ugh.

2. Twitter

Pros: Twitter is arguably the funniest social media on this list; even though a lot of the funniest tweets are recycled Tumblr memes, they’re somehow funnier on Twitter. Twitter’s direct messaging system is also super quick and easy to use, whether you’re sharing tweets with a friend or ~sliding~ into that cutie from math class’ DMs.

Cons: People get really angry really quick on Twitter; maybe it’s because the 180-character limit on Tweets don’t allow people to put very much context to their thoughts, but Twitter is probably one of the social media you see the most arguments on.

3. Tumblr

Pros: Tumblr is the social media equivalent of the cool, artsy friend we all wish we could be. If Instagram is the social media you use to express yourself to the outside world, then Tumblr is pretty much your diary. It’s a great place to explore your creative side, discover relatively unknown poets and artists and just vent when you need to. Bonus points for how easy the app makes it to reblog posts.

Cons: The app’s reblogging ability is probably it’s only redeeming quality; links on the mobile app don’t always work and it has a host of other issues. Tumblr also has a lot of unhealthy communities lurking if you look hard enough: pro-eating disorder, suicidal and pornographic blogs can be found by typing in the right hashtags. Luckily, Tumblr is working on this, but it’s still a big issue.

4. Facebook

Pros: Let’s be real here, none of us would remember each other’s birthdays if it weren’t for Facebook’s nifty little reminders. It’s also the one social media that literally everyone and their grandmother have, and therefore the best social media outlet to use to update your family on what you’re doing and who your friends are!

Cons: Facebook’s messenger app is admittedly a little slow and glitchy, and I can’t remember the last time I used it for anything but messaging my grandma or deleting messages from creepy spam accounts. Facebook’s privacy settings and anti-harassment abilities are definitely lacking too -- if someone is harassing or bullying you, Facebook’s best response is often just that of “just block them," which doesn’t allow you to see if they’re still posting about you without tagging you.

5. Snapchat

Pros: Filters! Flipped camera! Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, Vice and other cool Snapchat stories to browse through! Snapchat may not feel like a social media because it started off as an enhanced-texting-but-with-pictures app, but now it’s so much more. It’s one of the few social media that seemed to just keep getting better with every update: filters, group Snapchats and stories made Snapchat the super popular and well-loved app it is today.

Cons: The fact that you can’t turn off the “opened” function; maybe I opened your Snapchat but don’t have time to reply, I’m not ignoring you! “Leaving someone on open” has become synonymous with a virtual slap in the face, and there’s no way to turn it off. Let’s not even dive into the creepy, address-down-to-the-number geo-map included in a recent update.

6. Pinterest

Pros: Some of my coolest recipes, decorations and DIYs have come from Pinterest. It’s the perfect site to turn to when you want to switch up your closet, need ideas for formal hair or makeup or want to decorate your home for a party of any kind. It’s also a great place for bloggers to get attention drawn to their photos and posts, especially when they’re first starting out!

Cons: Pinterest is infamous for putting really unrealistic expectations on its users. Not on purpose of course, but all of these great ideas and recipes can make people using Pinterest feel like they’re the only ones not putting two hours into their hairstyles every day, making their children vegan, gluten-free, colorful lunches or buying $350 ballet flats. I promise -- it isn’t just you that doesn’t do a prom-worthy smokey eye for work.

Every social media outlet has great aspects and problematic areas, but they all do an awesome job of doing what they’re best at: helping us procrastinate! Can you really say you’re not reading this article on some form of social media and simultaneously avoiding doing something you should probably get done? It’s okay, that’s what social media was made for.

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25 Responses To Your Friend Who Doesn't Text Back

Omg thanks for responding so quickly...oh, wait.
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We all have that friend. That friend we love to death, but if we are sure of anything in this world, it’s that they will not respond to your text because they suck at texting. That moment when you see “Read 1:04 p.m.” and you’re like “and???? Helloooooooo!”

These are 25 responses for that dear friend.

1. Lol thanks for tagging me in that FB post, now text me tf back.


2. OMG, wait you met Chris Hemsworth and he’s professing his love to you??!! No? Okay, then you can def text me back.

3. Hey I’m coming to help you since you obviously broke your thumbs and can’t respond.

4. Lolol thanks for responding. I’ll just continue the conversation with myself. That’s cool.

5. Good chat.

6. Yeah I wouldn’t know how to respond either, pizza topping selection is a thought-provoking process. Take your time. Meditate on it.

7. The classic: ^^^^^^^^^


8. I hope you’re writing me the 8th Harry Potter novel.

9. That was a yes or no question. This isn’t difficult. You wouldn’t do well with ‘Sophie’s Choice.’

10. Omg, did you pass out from the excitement of getting a text from me? Totally understandable. Text me when you regain consciousness, love.

11. Omg what a witty and clever response. Nothing. So philosophical.

12. The only excuse I’ll accept is if you’re eating guac and don’t want to get it on your phone. Because avocados are life.

13. I love it when you do that adorable thing when you don’t text me back for hours. So cute.


14. Okay I’ll answer for you. Yes, you’re going out tonight. Glad we had this convo.

15. In the time it has taken you to respond, dinosaurs could have retaken the earth.

16. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA

17. The dramatic but also very valid response: That’s what happens when you don’t respond for 30 minutes. People die.


18. I apologize for asking if you were coming to watch Bachelor, clearly the decision has caused you serious reflection on your priorities. I’m sorry to have caused you this existential crisis.

19. Sorry I annoyed you with my friendship. But like plz respond…

20. Your response time is longer than Ross and Rachel’s entire relationship. 10 seasons. You couldn’t text me back for 10 seasons?!!

21. Wait. You’re responding too fast. I can’t keep up. Hang on. Don’t respond so quickly. Jeez.

22. A subtle but perfectly placed gif. What will you go with? The classic eye roll perhaps or maybe a “you suck.”


23. Did you fall off a cliff? Wait, you don’t exercise. Pause your Netflix and respond b*tch.

24. Omg I WON THE LOTTERY. *responds* Lol now you respond…

25. And my personal favorite and go to, Did you text me and then decide to THROW YOUR PHONE ACROSS THE OCEAN?! Lol swim fast, I need an answer.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Switch From PC To Mac

I'm not proud I feel this way... but I do.

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I know that quite literally speaking Apple is the capitalist devil; however, they might just be on to something. Honestly, I'm not the type of person to drop any money on a laptop because being the youngest in my family has taught me that hand-me-downs are more than just clothes and the whole process really does save a lot of money. As I've been gearing up to go to grad school and experiencing a number of random black outs from my Old Gal, it became clear that I'd need a real new laptop this time. All in all, being 21 has taught me very few things so far, but I have officially learned that the world of hand-me-down laptops was just child's play. This Brand New s*** is the real deal.

Technological advancement is wild.

Even Obama knows.

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About a decade ago, I was still logging onto AIM and playing pinball on my family's desktop. Now I have a computer that I turn on by touching with my fingerprint and a bad thing that I don't even know how to coherently explain without using sound effects. All of which is technology I don't understand.

They look good.

Patenting Intensifies

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I've always prided myself on being immune to the trap that is sleek, minimalist design, but honestly, after downgrading from my clunky Dell, I can honestly say I feel 100% cooler carrying my MacBook Pro around. Even just typing on it feels different. And before you say anything about how superficial this revelation is, please note that my Dell had a News display screen and was so heavy that it began to hurt my back. When I was studying abroad in South Korea this summer, Most times I chose to leave it in my dorm instead of going through the gruesome task of taking it anywhere with me. Yes, I could've lifted weights. Yes, I could've gone to the gym. No, I could not have 'just picked a lighter computer' (because of the whole hand-me-down thing). So yes. I'm enjoying this.

It's so easy.

That was easy button.

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Apple and Android users alike stick to their old systems through the rationalization of the difficulty of switching; however, it is much more simple than it seems. Especially if you are someone who has an iPhone but uses windows systems. Although there are some interface things I'm getting used to-- why on Earth would you even need the command button? Like am I blackoutssupposed to memorize all these shortcuts?-- overall, most of the things make sense in the grand scheme of usage and the system that it is in.

The Apple system is so enticing.

Steve Jobs was really about taking as much of your money as possible.

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It is crazy that someone with an Apple Watch, Mac, and iPhone could download an app and make a to-do list or tell Siri some bright idea they got while laying in bed at 3 am and access it from any of their devices at any time the next day. Say you forgot your phone at home? Don't worry. If you have internet or a cellular connection, you can receive your messages and calls right to your wrist (or laptop). Overall, the system makes life easier by maximizing your ability to make the most out of the technology available to you.

Apps really do make your life better.

There really is an app for everything.

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We've all heard someone somewhere say something along the lines of "Apps are the future of technology, And I mean. They were low-key right. There is literally an app for everything. From note-taking, to organization, to money management, to design, to almost anything you can think blackouts. And multiple versions of the same app, which sync your devices together, making your only obstacle literally Yourself and your willingness to use them. Someone tell apple to hire me to write a commercial please.

Yes, the price point is high. Yes, Apple has become a company that can get away with being less innovative and increasingly more expensive compared to its opponents. Yes, their reputation affords them the room to do almost anything-- or not do anything-- and get away with it. With merchandise like this; however, I am surprised it is only as bad as it is now. Might as well take advantage of the system while we can still (barely) afford to, no?

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