Pros & Cons of Social Media! πŸ’»πŸ’­

Hi everyone! I hope you’re well ❀️ What are you up to today? I’m up to this! πŸ˜‚ Let’s talk about social media: the good, the bad and a few in-between thoughts that tie the two together. Social media is a huge aspect of many people’s lives these days. It’s marketed as this great thing but with all seemingly “great” things there is often a shred of darkness lurking in the corner *everybody looks to the corner of the room and is now REALLY paranoid* πŸ˜‚. Let’s start with a pro and then a con, alternating between the two like a rhythmic dance πŸ˜΅πŸ’ƒ:

Pro β€’ It has the power to connect you with like-minded individuals whom you wouldn’t normally get the chance to meet 🀝 I’ve met so many wonderful people through blogging (blogging is social media right? πŸ˜‚) and I wouldn’t change this journey for the world!

Con β€’ People can pretend to be someone they’re not: Or even if you’re not lying some will think that you are and say that stuff didn’t happen if there’s no photo to prove it. You could say that you had cornflakes for breakfast this morning and they’d be like “pictures or it didn’t happen” πŸ€”πŸ“ΈπŸ˜‚

Pro β€’ You can express yourself + share your viewpoint on things: Love books? Talk about it! Are you a budding artist? Put your creations out there! The world is your oyster and social media can be a great place to feed into our capabilities/hobbies 😍

Con β€’ Keyboard warriors are on the loose, looking to create drama out of thin air: I once wrote a post on how to cope with online hate and shared my thoughts on this πŸ’ͺ

Pro β€’ It’s a hub for news as soon as it is released keeping you up to tabs on the world we live in πŸ“°: Unless someone tells me about something, social media is often where I’ll find out πŸ˜‚

Con β€’ Rumours can spread like wildfire πŸ”₯ an idea can be taken and just run out of control.

Pro β€’ The community can be super inspiring + motivational ✨: It’s an undescribable feeling but inspiration can come in all forms and when you see someone doing well and living their best life perhaps going on an adventure (as well as sharing about difficult times) it can really inspire and help you to get through your day knowing you’re not alone and that there is a whole world out there waiting to be seen! 🌍

Con β€’ Comparison seeps into the fold and makes you question your own ability: If said it before and I’ll say it again “comparison tis the thief of joy” πŸ™ŒπŸ˜‚ Check out the worst habits of a blogger to get more info on this bad boy☝️

Pro β€’ You can keep up to date with what is going on in people’s lives: I love seeing what people are up to as I’m a nosy bean 😊

Con β€’ Fear of missing out (I wasn’t in the mood for an abbreviation πŸ˜‚) and you can feel like others have a more interesting life than you (kinda like comparison but what are ya gonna do? πŸ˜‚).

Pro β€’ It’s a place where you can enhance a hobby and learn more about the things you love to do 🎨 (at the moment I can’t stop looking up photos of succulents 🌡 because even though I killed my last one πŸ™„ I’ve been keeping an eye on a huge plant we keep in our kitchen so I feel like I’ve grown to the extent that a future life will have a better chance in my care…or at least I hope so! πŸ˜‚)

Con β€’ There is a thin line before it starts to become addictive and you can just mindlessly scroll for what feels like days πŸ“† I used to mindlessly scroll for a while each day and somewhere down the line I got bored with it so I don’t really dedicate time to doing that anymore. Every now and then I’ll go on Instagram and check out stories or like posts but I don’t gravitate towards it at this moment in time. All in all I personally go in and out of phases with social media, the only constant in my life is this blog ✨

Pro β€’ You can advertise your blog and/or business: I used to love Twitter and now I only advertise posts there, I went through a short time when I was obsessed with Instagram and now I’ve found a way of using it more for myself than for what I show as well as the odd story or post (it’s an ever-changing spiral πŸ’«πŸ˜‚).

Con β€’ Sometimes people can expect you to be on their 24/7 waiting at their beck and call when that’s not possible! There is a life away from the screen that I for one find way more intriguing (….. because I can use it for blogging inspiration later on when I’m back on the screen πŸ˜πŸ˜‚).

Pro β€’ It can be an outlet when you’re feeling down as well as when you’re on cloud 9 ☁️: I blog through loads of different emotions and find that it helps to get some things out there whether they be good or bad.

Con β€’ People often overshare: which can lead to dangerous consequences when strangers know more about you than you can even remember putting out there 😦

Pro β€’ If people don’t like what they see then they can unfollow you, simple as 🀷 (I think this is a pro because it means you can continue to just be yourself and do what you want to do πŸ’«).

Con β€’ It can become overwhelming. (I’ve saved my longest point until the very end πŸ˜‚): It was very overwhelming back when isolation started and I turned to social media to see what was going on in the outside world but all talk was about the virus and there was an element of fearmongering going on. I know it’s possible to switch of from social media but once you see certain headlines there’s no switching of your mind sometimes πŸ—―οΈ.

To an extent I understood it because it’s important that people know how serious Covid-19 is but at the time it was just too much as it all seemed to come out of nowhere….now it’s the norm. It’s really strange but I can’t even put myself in that hectic headspace anymore because the loudness of it seemed to just be at the beginning when no one really knew what was going to happen.

Now there is a plan and guidelines to follow so my mind can somewhat deal with it to an extent (what gets me scared is how I went out the other day and saw that nobody was social distancing…I haven’t actually been out of the car yet but I’m planning on it which is a step up from how I initially thought I’d never even want to leave the house again so comme ci, comme Γ§a 😌 I’ll take what I can get from myself in these trying times πŸ˜‚).

On that note, Thank YOU for reading! πŸ˜‰ Can you think of anymore pros or cons of social media that should have made the list? Does the good outweigh the bad or vice versa? Let me know in the comments below! I hope you enjoyed this post and that you have a wonderful day βœ¨πŸ’•

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  1. I absolutely loved these pros and cons of social media! I have to admit I’ve had to quit some of my social media lately as it was starting to become a chore and not fun anymore which really, really sucks but I know it was the right decision for my mental health and my wellbeing πŸ’“ I think a massive con is so much time loss or wasting depending on how you look at it, we spend so much time looking at what other people are up to instead of actually living our own life 😩 Also the FOMO is real, and when you’re going through a tough time but everyone *seems* (I say that because let’s be honest a lot of things on social media mostly show the positives in life) but I have to admit I do love the feeling of being connected to lots of people everywhere! But there are definitely some very toxic downsides to it! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful post, as you can see I’, very passionate about this topic! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you!! Yeah every now and then when I’m a short way into a routine of posting on social media it will become a chore, I feel like I always sorta expect it to feel like blogging (which is never a chore – touch wood anyway! πŸ˜‚) but that hasn’t been the case. At least I don’t feel as guilty leaving social media behind as I do my blog when I take breaks I suppose as that would be a lot of pressure in keeping that up when I don’t enjoy it nearly as much.

      That’s good you did what was right for you πŸ’•πŸ’• Yeah I agree, we can lose a lot of time thinking we’re just using a platform to share a part of our lives when we’re mostly checking out other accounts and being negatively affected by them half the time. Yeah I remember when I started using Instagram and I was following all of these accounts that only showed the fabulous side of things which is all good and well but it wasn’t realistic, over time I’ve filtered out those accounts and the ones I’ve kept are of the people that don’t shove happiness in your face πŸ˜‚. Definitely, It is a great feeling to be a part of that community! Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment, it really made me think! These are the discussions I get excited about when I share a post πŸ˜„βœ¨ Take care πŸ’•

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      1. No worries! I totally agree, that’s a sure sign that something has lost it’s joy πŸ’“ Ah definitely touch wood! I hope blogging never becomes a chore for me again! That’s good you don’t feel guilty, I think I had to learn that it’s okay to take breaks AND completely leave social media if it’s in your best interest ❀️
        Thank you! Exactly, and we don’t always realise it until sometimes we start heavily relying on it. Yes when you first enter social media it just seems so positive and happy and then you realise that it’s unrealistic and not true at all! I’m so happy you filtered out accounts like that 😊 Agreed! Of course, absolutely no need to thank me it was a pleasure to read your post and have the chance to share my thoughts πŸ’“ You too!

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  2. I just started following you and your whole style is already making me want to gravitate to the rest of your posts! You have a great writing style as well. It is always the best where you can have an outlet to express yourself and your feelings. Keep being amazing!!πŸ₯°πŸ’–βœ¨

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  3. A pro of social media is that it has brought most of my long-term readers! Although I have a lot of followers directly from WordPress, those that engage with my content seem to have come from Instagram. I am very guilty for comparing numbers with other small bloggers… x

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    1. That’s awesome!! Comparison can be so annoying, I used to think that I’d never get to where I am today and that if I did I’d be content but that feeling still creeps up every now and then where I question whether or not I could be doing better πŸ˜•πŸ™ˆπŸ’•

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      1. There is always room for improvement, but you’re doing the best you can now. In the future your expectation and abilities will change, but that doesn’t make your effort now invalid x

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  4. Very interesting to read about this and, I really enjoyed how well thought out your list of pros and cons were! I’m not big on social media for some of the reasons you listed but, I can definitely see the appeal!

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  5. Beautiful post lovely! ❀️ I love to have found life long friends like you. This community is the best. I don’t like hate comments. That’s definitely a con. I also was extra scared seeing all the news of the pandemic on social media. I didn’t look anymore.

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    1. Thank you!! And YES πŸ€—πŸ’• It seems to have dwindled now and I don’t feel like anything I hear is a fear tactic so it’s a lot easier for me take it onboard, I hope it stays that way though

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