4.2 Social Media 🤳📱
Today, social media has invaded every aspect of our lives. It has influenced the ways we shop, research, look for entertainment, communicate, and so much more... It has made the world seem smaller by allowing people to be more connected. For all their advantages, there are serious consequences involved in the rise of Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc., and our increased dependence on using them.
Let’s take a look at both the positive and negative components of social media, all of which can be applicable in the USA and Spanish speaking countries, as well as how social media has had a pivot role in recent current events in the US and Spain.
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El Positivo 📈
Effective and easy communication made possible through email and text messaging services, regardless of what type of phone you have.
WhatsApp specifically revolutionized how we text messages on a global scale. It allows you to send messages, pictures, videos, and voice recordings using WiFi rather than relying on a cell phone carrier.
WhatsApp is the dominant form of messaging worldwide and is abundantly popular in all Spanish speaking countries, from Mexico down to Argentina, and across the ocean in Spain
Improves business interactions and allows small businesses a stage for both local and global audiences.
Need information quickly? A recipe? A movie quote? You got it on numerous social media sites!
Researchers, doctors, and scientists can easily convey their findings and share scientific developments, creating a broader interchange of ideas.
El Negativo 📉
It’s easy to become addicted to screens and sacrifice time with friends & family.
The rise of social media platforms in popular culture has led to dangerous comparisons in regards to body confidence and self-esteem. Unfortunately, this has led to an increase in teen suicide rates within the past decade.
Not every person has the same amount of access to WiFi/social media, creating a divide between people and cultures.
Easy availability of illegal or inappropriate materials.
An abundance of information from both credible and non-credible sources makes the truth behind situations and studies confusing and socially divisive.
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Political Implications 🪧
Social media has given everyday citizens the power to communicate instantaneously, record what’s going on in their city, and broadcast it on a global stage. As a result, we’ve seen in many countries how social media has launched uprisings, demonstrations, or at the very least, greatly altered public opinion.
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