Mira Costa High School

Opinion: Perks of Social Media

Social media is taking over and there is no denying it. Social media has its downsides, but like anything else it is important to not be blinded by the bad and to be aware of the good.

Social media is changing the game and is no longer just a place where people can share aspects of their life with the public; for some, running social media accounts has become a job. People that have large follower counts on channels like Twitter, Instagram, Vine and YouTube, and can earn a living off of the stuff they post. Companies are willing to pay people thousands of dollars for posting one picture or uploading one video.

Although I do not earn a living off of running a social media account, I have had experience with the more “business-y” side of it. I started a Vine account the summer before my sophomore year and because I now have over 100 thousand followers, a t-shirt company contacted me and asked me to become an ambassador for their company. For every five shirts sold through my personal link, I receive a free shirt. If I am able to do something like this with over 100 thousand followers I can’t even imagine the kinds of business deals other people with hundreds of thousands or even millions of followers receive.

It is crazy to think that someone can now earn a living from doing something like uploading a video of them talking to a camera. This truly shows just how quickly all of the new technology and social media sites are changing today’s society.

Another beneficial aspect to social media is that it allows people to meet new people that they never would have met. Now it is so easy to meet new people whether it be by sending them a tweet, following them on Instagram, or finding them on Facebook. Meeting through social media is a great way to find people who share common interests with you. However, meeting people online is risky so it is necessary to be careful before you go out meeting people who are just a name on a screen to you.

I have had first-hand experience with making “internet friends” and I will be honest, it is kind of weird concept to grasp. I met my “internet friends” through Twitter and we began talking and eventually traded phone numbers and started texting. Then, the weirdest part, we met in person. There is something so strange about meeting someone in person for the first time after talking to them for a long time beforehand. One of my friends I met at a concert and I remember the second we saw each other we ran up to one another and just hugged. It was almost as if I was seeing a friend that I had known since I was little and hadn’t seen her in a long time. It was that kind of “I’ve missed you” feeling, but then I remembered I had never met her before except for on the internet.

Another aspect of social media that I really enjoy is just the overall power of it. Social media is such a fast and easy way to spread the word about a variety of different topics. I will admit, the main way I find out about what is happening in the world is not from reading the paper or watching the news, but from checking my social media accounts and looking at what is trending.

The power of social media has also led to the rise of certain celebrities. Justin Bieber for example, was discovered on YouTube and now look at him. He has become one of the most popular singers in the business right now. Shawn Mendes, he was discovered on Vine not too long ago and he went on tour with Taylor Swift. This shows just how powerful social media can be.

I felt this article was necessary to just quickly address some of the positive aspects of using social media contrary to the negative aspects of it that I mentioned in my previous article.