Social Media is everywhere. Not being connected via social media is the exception, not the rule. While there are many debates, complaints, and legitimate downsides to being connected 24/7, there are also a lot of advantages that some of us take for granted or may not even be aware of. To help us appreciate having the world just a friend request away, here are 25 Advantages of Social Media That Are Good To Keep In Mind. Be sure to like and share!
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It can aid in criminal investigations.
Because yes, people post about selling illegal drugs or driving drunk on social media. Frequently. Criminal cases such as rape have even been overturned – such as when Brian Banks was wrongly accused of rape, labeled a sex offender, had his life ruined, and five years later his accuser wanted to “let bygones be bygones” and contacted him on FB. He got her to admit he never raped her and his named was finally cleared in 2016
It keeps us informed about the world.
Even people who don’t care to read news websites or watch news on tv, or listen on the radio, find out about current major events via friends and family on social media. How reliable that information always is…is another question…
Shy people (or those with anxiety or things like Asperger's syndrome) have an outlet to connect with people, speak their mind, and share their talents with the world.
It’s a powerful outlet.
It exposes us to different points of view, new ideas, and gives the power to research those opinions and discuss them with others.
If someone puts an idea in front of you that you’ve never considered, you can look up the data for yourself, read about both sides of an issue, and have your mind opened to new and shiny points of view.
It keeps us in touch with friends and family who are far away.
Just because Nana lives in a different state or on a different continent doesn’t mean she can’t see what her grandchildren are up to on a daily basis, and share with her friends. For family members of small children, this is really valuable, as things like Skype and facetime can turn Grandma and Grampa from people they see once or twice a year, to important and recognized parts of their little lives.