4 Reasons Why Social Media is Important
Here I am sitting in my dorm room sipping crappy Keurig coffee thinking about what I want my first post to be. I've been thinking about it, and I think I have some explaining to do.
I'm constantly talking about social media and how much I love it. However, I don't really talk about why it is so important to me. Well, today I wanted to explain a few reasons why it's the love of my life:
1) It's an electronic diary.
Now I don't know about you, but I have tried time and time again to keep a diary. I buy a really pretty journal, ready to document the conversations I have and the friendships I make. However, after the 2nd day, I'm already forgetting and postponing writing.
I've started to realize that I don't even need to keep or start a journal because I've had one all these years. Your tweets, Facebook statuses, and Instagram posts are your journal. You can look back and reminisce on the good and bad times.
2) You can find your community.
Everyone in the world is dealing with different issues in their life. This could be dealing with parents on the verge of divorce, being a closeted member of the LGBT community, or even just feeling like you have no one that cares about you. Well, guess what? There are communities online of people dealing with what you are dealing with. If you go onto social media and search hard enough, you can connect with these people and work together to get tips on how to deal with your issues. There is no reason you should have to deal with anything alone.
3) It gives you a voice.
Everyday, we hear about terrible things in the world.
Natural Disasters...shootings...violations of fundamental human rights...you get the point.
Well, most of the time, we are thinking that there isn't much we can do but watch these horrible things unfold. However, there is something you can do. You can use social media to spread your voice. You can use social media to make sure your friends and followers understand what is happening and why it is so important that we do something about it. You can tweet your ideas for global change.
A great example of people using social media for public change is #BlackLivesMatter, the social media based movement where people of all races and ages are posting about the injustices that black people face in this world daily and what needs to be fixed. It has even grabbed politicians' attention and brought these issues to political debates. Hashtags are more powerful than ever.
So, no matter the event or issue, you do have a voice. Your tweets and posts can influence people's ideas of the world.
4) Everyone (for the most part) can express their creativity and passions... for free.
One of my favorite parts about social media is the fact that, for the most part, it's free. In America and many other countries in the world, anyone that can access the internet in some form can start accounts online and get connected. Isn't that so cool? Anyone, no matter their race, gender, or sexuality, can start tweeting and posting. As simple as that sounds, that's actually a pretty big deal in my eyes.
Expressing your creativity and passions is easier and cheaper than ever before.
On the other hand, there is political censorship in many places in this world and there are countries that do not have financial access to the technology necessary for social media. That breaks my heart. Because of this, you shouldn't take anything regarding your web freedom for granted. We've been given an opportunity to use this tool to make positive change in the world. Positive change could mean informing others about issues that concern you, but it could also mean brightening people's day with your creativity and positive messages. It's all depends on the internet user.
Now I have a question for you: Why do you love social media? What keeps you scrolling and updating your accounts? Leave your answers in the comment section below or contact me on my social media! I'll feature some of my favorite responses in my next post!
Alrighty! Until next time!
- Fletcher Rowe aka @feistyfletch
P.S. Happy birthday shoutout to my dad, Warren! Love you so much! Thank you for giving me such amazing oppurtunities and supporting me no matter what!