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10 WebsiteCompass Social icon Circle Only use blue and/or white. For more details check out our Brand Guidelines. Social icon Circle Only use blue and/or white. For more details check out our Brand Guidelines. Pros: Building Connections At its best, social media is a place to connect, share, and build with others. Supports relationship building. Whether it’s sharing personal challenges with close friends or joining a group to support a worthy cause, social media offers tools that help you maintain relationships and communicate with people everywhere. Enables access to critical information. From learning about breaking world news to finding out what book your book club will be reading next, social media enables you to stay connected to the information that matters most in your life. Facilitates the work of civic activities. Organizers use social media to get the word out about local, national, and international movements, expanding participation in important causes from planting community gardens to voting in national elections. Offers a sense of connection. During times in which people can’t be social in person, social media can offer a sense of connection. The COVID-19 pandemic is a perfect example of this situation. Provides support in challenging times. Whether you’re sick, caring for a loved one, or going through tough times at work, getting support from friends and fellow group members on social media can go a long way toward helping you feel better about difficult situations. Stimulates economic growth. If you’re in business for yourself, social media platforms are great places to connect with customers, promote your offerings, and find new markets. Cons: Causing Problems At its worst, social media can interfere with other aspects of your life or be emotionally or physically damaging. Circulates misinformation. One of the biggest downsides of social media is its ability to quickly spread misinformation. Unfortunately, many people have not yet developed the skills to discern true posts from false ones, and platforms have yet to develop effective policies to manage these challenges. Exacerbates health issues. Social media can negatively impact self-esteem, increase feelings of depression and social isolation, Pros and Cons of Social Media Navigate these platforms wisely so they do the most for you As social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have evolved, users have figured out what they like and dislike about them. For example, staying in touch with friends and relatives is great, but having to deal with worrisome privacy issues is not. Here we break down the pros and cons and offer tips for keeping the negative aspects to a minimum. Social Media Basics