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Is social media really good for the youth?


Rohit Mehta

Social media platforms are gaining popularity in various parts of the world due to various factors. The majority of people who use them are youths and they spend a lot of hours on a day. Although there are many disadvantages of using social media, youth can experience some positives too. Encouraging youth to use social media in the right way can do major wonders. A recent study reveals that social media platforms impact youth who are in the age group of 15 to 29.

Here are some advantages of social media on youth.

1. It develops creativity and innovation  

Social media sites allow users to access content in different forms such as videos, graphics, pictures, photos, etc. This will help youth to hone their creative skills to a large extent. For example, Instagram allows youth to upload photos quickly that gives ways to showcase their abilities. It even contributes to getting encouragement and feedback from viewers. Social media is the right place for youth who want to hone their skills with fresh and innovative ideas that help reach more people in a quick turnaround time.

2. Provides the opportunity for learning education

Social media is an excellent place for youth to read articles, watch videos, and view pictures which results in educational benefits. They can learn new things easily that provides ways to improve their knowledge. Many educational organizations today use social media platforms to educate youth with fact-finding initiatives.

3. Develops social and communication skills

One of the main advantages of social media is that it provides opportunities to interact with their peers to make friends. It even helps to indulge in debates and conversations allowing youths to develop their communication abilities. Moreover, social media is a perfect place for discussing a variety of topics with others that will help share ideas.

4. Source of income

Social media is a great source for youth to earn income by addressing their exact needs. It lets youth create own channels on YouTube and Instagram thereby showing ways to generate revenues based on the views. Youth can learn many techniques from social media platforms that pave the way to focus more on their objectives. Not only that, they provide methods to promote products and services easily when youths want to start a new business. This will help increase sales in the markets.  

5. Enhances critical thinking and assessment

One of the main advantages of using social media is that it enhances critical thinking and assessment of youth effectively. It even contributes more to form their own opinions after checking the facts and other things. Furthermore, social media gives ways to share ideas with others after checking and researching the information.

6. Space for exploring creativity

Social media allows youth to learn how to solve problems with creative ideas and identify innovative approaches to different aspects of life. Whether it is designing or writing, it allows youth to explore their creativity that help increase their abilities to a large extent.

7. Inspires youth

Social media allows youth to get inspiration from others thereby helping to refine their qualities. It also gives ways to support others and talk about bigger issues in their personal lives. Apart from that, youth can strengthen their friendships and keep them close for various problems.

For those who are not able to make social connections, social media is the right place for overcoming isolation and other problems. It provides ways to understand the world that will help gain more advantages. Apart from that, social media allows youth to campaign for good issues to get high exposure.

8. Allows youth to set their objectives

With social media platforms, youth can set their objectives that will help work on them in various ways. Whether it is a job or a career, they allow youth to set their objectives that gives ways to become successful in life. This is because social media guides youngsters to gain insights into various topics which paves ways to broaden their knowledge base.

9. Reduces mental problems

Social media allows youth to reduce stress and other problems. Besides that, it helps a lot to lower anxiety and depression by connecting with others easily. Youth can relax their mind on social media by reading some useful articles. They can also post their videos, blog posts, and other things that will help get more followers. This, in turn, gives ways to improve their self-esteem and confidence levels significantly.

Even though social media offers several advantages, youth should know how to use the same wisely that will reduce negative effects. Youth should limit their social media account use to prevent cyberbullying and other potential threats. They should follow some strategies that will get the desired results from social media. Also, it is wise to get ideas from experts which provide peace of mind from unwanted problems.

Originally published at Times of India on oct 01, 2021.

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