Social media has changed the way we communicate. Now we are all the time connected, receiving and sending information constantly. Thanks to social networks we can quickly access information that was previously not available and even follow events in real time.
It is also a form of democratization of resources, which are now available to anyone with access to the internet. Being a user of social media, we do not take the time to analyze their true impact and realize how the world and our lifestyle have changed.
These are a few different ways in which social networks have impacted the world.
Access to information
Did you know that more than 50% of people find out about the news of the moment through social networks? In addition, 65% of large newspapers, publishers and journalists use social networks such as Facebook and Twitter to track the news and create content that relates to the interests of people.
For the scoops and real-time monitoring of events, Twitter is the most effective tool for its communication characteristics, which prioritizes short and concise messages.
The use and demand of the media makes it as a serious and relevant channel for the transmission of valuable information and, at the same time, opened the doors to collaboration. Now the users themselves are the news generators and information agents.
It is an effective and accessible way to manage information, facilitating learning processes in the education field. Digital platforms work as multipliers of information, stimulating the incorporation of knowledge and its application. In the current age students like to collect education information online because it helps them to save their time.
In the United States, 80% of students use networks for educational purposes. 50% of teachers use it to teach their students and communicate with them.
Anxiety for a perfect life
People share in social networks a portion of life, their travels, food, new things, friends and family. This is not bad, but the proliferation of content in certain profiles with greater popularity creates a tension in the brain that works as a claim itself for not having the life that is shown in the publications of others and for not having the approval (translated in likes) of its surroundings.
This produces a tension for the desire to have a more “instagrameable” life and can trigger a depression.
They can be enemies of concentration
The fact of having infinity of information at hand all the time can present faults in the concentration of the people, because the activities that they carry out in the day to day like studying, working or speaking with their close friends are interrupted constantly by the use of the cellular.
It is confirmed that even having the cell phone nearby while performing any task, can reduce concentration without touching the device. This is because the brain is constantly evaluating the possibilities and, having so many, the head is inclined towards what it can or wants to do and not in what it should, which is the task in front of it.