The publicized effects of social media often list decreased interaction outside of the cyber world, but new studies show social media is increasingly being used to further, not harm relationships and revolutions alike.
social media appeals to a group of younger people who don’t operate in what have in the past been conventional ways.
(The younger generation) don’t go vote, they don’t do anything the way that has been done in the past, so social media gives them a way to make their voices heard and participate.
According to the Pew Research Center, social networking sites are now being used to keep close social ties, revive dormant relationships and keep users politically engaged.
The average social media user, according to the organization, has more close relationships and is half as likely to be socially isolated than the average American who doesn’t participate in social networking.
The connections are limitless You can talk to someone from across the world and engage in conversations and debates. Social media is a new way to connect people.
The number of cross-national friendships is growing, reflected by the 1.4 billion Facebook users worldwide, and the fact Facebook has been ranked the most addicting social media site, according to The Media Revolution.
This phenomenon is not only confined to Facebook, as 40 million tweets are sent from Twitter daily and every second 8,000 people like a photo on Instagram, according to Statistic Brain.
Social media helps mobilize people so they can do something in a different way. With social media, you don’t have to wonder if you’re the only one that feels one way or another. You can learn that there are 100,000 other people out there that feel the same way as you, and you don’t feel alone.
This increased camaraderie between citizens has led to a rise in the use of social media to not only build relationships, but fuel revolutions as well.