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Emerging power of social media: prospects and problems

EMERGING POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA: PROSPECTS AND PROBLEMS

1. INTRODUCTION
Social media , being the most powerful entity on earth has the potential to
transform our world. It has many merits and demerits for society.
2 Emerging power of social media

3 Prospects of social media

3.1 individual development

• Source of education
• Better health choices
• Information about current affairs
• Better decision making
• Information about latest technology
• Platform for freedom of speech

3.2social networking

• Connect with friends and family


• 24 hour connectivity
• Cheap media
• Sharing of photos and vidoes
• Connection with people of different countries

3.3political prospects

• Political awareness in people


• Evaluation of different candidates
• Accountability of elected government
• Bridge between government and people
• Protection of human rights
• Knowledge about regional and international political issues
3.4 Economic prospects

• Information about economic opportunities


• Self grooming opportunities
• Growing trend of online trade
• Opportunities for young entrepreneur
3.5 Cultural prospects

• Awareness about different cultures


• Promotion of native culture
• World as a global village
4 Problems of social media

• Weakening family bond


• Fragile morality
• Adverse impacts on health
• Increasing intolerance in people
• Declined reading habits
• Exposed to extremism and terrorism
• Vulgarity in society
• Spread of fake news and propaganda
• Lack of privacy
• Online frauds and harassment
• Imposition of western culture

5 way forward

• Gradual reduction in use


• Strong vigilance of parents over their children
• Increase trend of sports and extracurricular activities
• Capacity enhancement of regulatory institutions
• Implementing existing and new laws
• Curbing terrorist hiring over social media
• Owners of social media should curb fake news
• International cooperation

6 conclusion

Relevant quotes

1. Social media is the ultimate equalizer. It gives a voice and a platform to


anyone willing to engage. ( Amy Jo Martin)
2. The more social media we have, the more we think we're connecting, yet we
are really disconnecting from each other. (JR)
3. Fake news is a big thing in the field of social media journalism. Fake news can
be as simple as spreading misinformation or as dangerous as smearing hateful
propaganda. ( Fobrizio Moreira )
4. If you are on social media, and you are not learning, not laughing, not being
inspired or not networking, then you are probably using it wrong. ( Germany
kent )
5. When you give everyone a voice and give people power, the system usually
ends up in a really good place. ( Mark Zuckerberg)
6. If your business is not on the internet, then your business will be out of the
business.( Bill Gates)
7. All of us who professionally use the media are the shapers of society. We can
vulgarise that society. We can brutalise it. Or we can help lift it into