We are all aware that social media is everywhere in our new generation, especially when a pandemic occurs. Everyone knows how simple and convenient it is to use social media; we can just write our concerns and receive fast responses with a single click. But, as we all know, everything has limitations, therefore I’ve created a list of guides on how to use social media responsibly.
According to statista.com that in 2021, Singapore’s estimated digital environment is about 5.9 million residents who accessed the internet, indicating a penetration rate of 89.5 percent.
What is social media?
It refers to any digital tool that allows people to instantaneously develop and share content with the public. Social media is made up of numerous websites and apps, like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Anyone with access to the internet can set up an account. They can use that profile to share any content they like, and whatever they share is available to anyone who visits their page or account.
The ability to instantly upload images, views, and events has transformed the way people live and do business.
Good and bad effects of social media
Everyone has the power to express themselves
When you publish on your social page, there are no gatekeepers; you can write whatever you want and everyone can see it.
It has genuinely democratised media and provided a platform for everyone to be heard.
Social networks began as a way for people to connect with one another. How many of us tracked down our former high school or even elementary school friends and were able to reconnect?
Humans are basically sociable creatures. To genuinely thrive, we require the assistance of others. We can form close relationships with people we’ve never met in person thanks to social media.
Live news updates
and news content are now much more accessible.
Personally, I appreciate the immediacy of Twitter for news – practically daily, I’ll learn about something that has happened in the world via Twitter, rather than having to wait for (later) regularly scheduled television news updates.
It can also provide access to previously unavailable educational possibilities. You can learn almost anything through videos and ‘how-tos’ on the internet, which is transforming the way we learn.
Misinformation and fake news
Social media contains both actual and “false” information. People can find both true and false news.
Inevitably, there will always be people wanting to capitalise on any media distribution mechanism, which social media is, and those who will believe everything they read and not dig any further to find out whether what they’re reading is an internet hoax.
This is an unwanted side effect of increased connectivity; it also exposes the system to those who would exploit it to further their own objectives. The platforms are now attempting to police this, but it will very certainly continue to play a role.
This is real, disturbing, and unfortunate. If you used to have a problem with someone in person, that person can now gather others from all over the world to support their cause or hatred of people or organisations.
When people are hiding behind their screens, they appear to be more aggressive and more likely to assault others.
Tips on how to use it properly
Set time limits for accessing social media, schedule your activities, and divide your time between fun, studying or working and doing home tasks.
Set an hour limit for social media use, or set an alarm to remind you to stop. This method will keep you from using too much internet.
Detox from social media
Try giving yourself a break from social media. by not using the internet for 24 hours or longer if possible. So that you may experience living a peaceful and quiet life away from social media, in order that you can concentrate more on yourself.
Intentionally begin your day
As simple as it is to pick up your phone and start scrolling from your bed, it may not be the best place to start because you have no control over what you see.
According to Dr. Marcus Raichle’s research at Washington University in St. Louis, seeing anything negative could potentially contribute to negative subconscious thoughts that put one at risk for unhealthy practices.
Instead, begin with meditation, prayer, stretching, or positive affirmations. These choices are likely to promote a more positive internal monologue.
Also read: Link Between Social Media Patterns and Depression Rates