Whether you are for or against social media one thing is for certain: social media has changed our relationships and the way we interact. Now, some argue that social media has changed this for the better, and others argue that it has tarnished society so much that future generations are in serious communication trouble.
I see both sides to the story. On one hand, it is clear that technology, and certain forms of social media, have severed our ability/willingness to communicate with our counterparts on a more personal basis—ie: Facebook chat over a phone call, tweet potential plans to someone, simply stop communicating with friends in any other way other than through Facebook messages.) Yet, on the other hand it is clear that social media has excellent capabilities.
For starters, social media allows us to connect with a wide audience with little effort on our behalf. Second, it is extremely efficient, and things can be completed in a relatively quickly period of time. While these are just a few examples, the list could go on and on as to how social media can facilitate clear personal and business gain.
Why people are either on or off the social media bandwagon differs, but I think it is safe to say that there is no right or wrong opinion regarding the topic. 4 Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Relationship is a good read that illustrates some basic points for both teams.
In my opinion, no matter which side of the fence you may decide to jump over, it is important to keep a good balance in terms of social media usage. Sure, working non-stop with social media channels may be good in the work-force in certain fields, but it may also be detrimental if you are constantly walking around Tweeting what your plans are for the evening.
Balance is Key. And if you keep that in mind, “nay-sayers” for both sides can hopefully come to a mutually understanding.