Today, there are so many different social media networks and most people don’t belong to just one. The hard part is picking which to use and how to use them. When using them in positive ways, social media is very beneficial. For example, you can communicate with family or friends you don’t see from very often. For that reason, I use social media. I enjoy that you can see your family/friends and reconnect with people you haven’t seen for awhile. Also, you can be up to date with others lives. However, that can be a negative because some people use their social media pages to tell you everyday what kind of breakfast they have eaten or use it as an outlet to vent from their life. I support social media for personal reasons like I mentioned above because I like to communicate with family who I am unable to see everyday. I believe social media is beneficial in terms of education especially with all the social media sites educators can belong to for free. For instance, Pinterest is wonderful for educators and has tons of tips and resourceful ideas/ projects available. Also, there is a lot of resources available to teachers through social media such as common core standards help, different writing strategies to teach, and so much more.
For cultural reasons, I am not sure social media is quite as beneficial. I think for young students who use social media it can be negative. As most of us know, kids and sometimes adults can be very cruel to each other. With the usage of social media, it makes bullying much more accessible. Before kids who were bullied were only bullied at school, but with everyone able to access the internet bullying can happen anytime from any place. So for those reasons I think it is negative for our younger generations of children. Overall, I believe if used in the correct ways social media is wonderful.