The Negative Effects of Social Media

The Negative Effects of Social Media

Our world is getting smaller and smaller and it’s partly because of social media. With platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat, we get to see what our friends are up to, reconnect with childhood buddies, and see what our relatives are currently doing, even if they’re halfway across the globe.

For many though, social media has become more than just a communication tool. It has turned into a distraction. Thanks (or no thanks) to smartphones and tablets, access to social networks are just several button presses and finger swipes away, whether you’re commuting, in an important meeting, or on the toilet. (Check out my article on Nomophobia.)

That said, what specific negative effects does social media have on its billions of users? Here are some of them:

Improvements with Facebook Messenger

Improvements with Facebook Messenger

Facebook has come a long way with its Messenger feature. The company opted to put its instant messaging capabilities on a separate app that users have to download on their mobile phones and it seems that this move was strategic. It has allowed them to introduce more features, allowing Messenger to work as a standalone application even without the Facebook network. Here are the newest developments that we can look forward to with Facebook Messenger and how it aims to bring in more fun and functions:

Apps That Allow You to Live Stream Your Life

Apps That Allow You to Live Stream Your Life

Imagine being able to broadcast video from your phone in real time to unlimited audiences with just a touch on your screen. With the launch of two live streaming apps Meerkat and Periscope this past February 27 and March 26 respectively, it seems like 2015 is the year for live-streaming video. Sharing our world instantly has become infinitely easier, with apps like these creating a platform that redefines how we view and utilize social media.

YouTube Celebrates 10 Years

YouTube Celebrates 10 Years

Many argue that YouTube is one most time consuming sites ever invented on the Internet, though many Facebook users might disagree. In February of 2005, 3 former PayPal employees decided to start up a video sharing service and they uploaded the first video on April 23, 2005. Here we are 10 years later.

In 2006, many people were not sure it was going to survive due to all the copyright infringement lawsuits but then later that year (Nov 2006) Google acquired them for 1.65 Billion USD. This seemed like another ridiculous dot com valuation yet it definitely looks like a deal now.

Newest Apps for Your Deepest, Darkest Secrets

Newest Apps for Your Deepest, Darkest Secrets

While social media has become a platform for individuals to have their own public personas, there are also different online platforms these days that allow users to share and post without revealing their true selves. Different “anonymous apps” such as Whisper, Yik Yak and Secret allow users to remain nameless while posting some of their thoughts (deep, dark, and otherwise), secrets, ideas or revelations that they’d rather not be traced back to them. Here’s a quick review of the different features these three apps possess.