While social media may have several upsides, it has led to tragic downsides that have a strong negative effect on people’s lives, reports the Guardian. Cyberbullying has changed harassment for the worse. Instead of being able to retreat to a safe home, victims can now be bullied anywhere, at all times. Social media also sows depression by fostering individuals comparing themselves to others. These and many more factors have led to several suicides. Young people, particularly, are highly susceptible to depression via social media. It can quickly become a hostile place for them in ways that aren’t easy to escape or deal with.
Social media is a huge force for good. Social media may have some downsides, but its ultimate effect on humanity is overwhelmingly positive, suggests AJ Agrawal of Forbes. By connecting all of us it allows for crucial information to spread in times of need. Particularly during disasters, it allows warnings to reach people instantly. Coordinating relief efforts and, especially, mobilizing international donation campaigns are hugely aided by social media. Young people also have much to gain from it. Access to organizations and movements that they believe can make them more engaged with wider causes and movements.