According to research conducted in 2022, there are 103+ social media platforms all over the world. This number can fluctuate as we lose and gain platforms daily. It seems that every day new platforms are emerging.
The top five social media platforms of 2021 were the following:
- Facebook with over 2.2 billion users on a monthly basis
- Youtube with 1.9 million users all over the world.
- Whatsapp with 1.5 billion users in over 180 countries.
- Messenger (FB) with 1.3 billion users.
- WeChat with 1.06 billion users.
Another form of social media which I never even thought of is MMORPG. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense to me. We interact on a social platform every time we interact with someone while playing MMORPGs. Games such a Genshin Impact, Final Fantasy XI and EverQuest are all good examples of social media in the gaming world.
Good or Bad?
As seen above there are many different types of social media platforms. “Is it good or bad for me?” That was the question that got me digging. So many of us seem to spend all our time on our phones mostly scrolling through our feeds on social media. I am guilty of this, too. That is why I ask myself, is this good for a person? So let’s see what professionals have to say about this.
As it’s still an emerging market, to try and determine whether this is a major problem is difficult. For now, from what I dug up, there appears to be connections between heavy social media use and depression, anxiety, loneliness, self-harm ad suicidal thoughts. It’s suggested that social media may be promoting negative thoughts about your daily life. Feelings such as inadequacy, isolation and depression or anxiety may arise when you see these so-called glamorous lives your friends are leading. A major problem today with these platforms is that it is so easy to become self-absorbed. Selfies and sharing everything you think or do can make you self-centred and cause you to move away from face-to-face interaction. It is always very easy to delve into social media when you feel lonely or bored but finding other interesting activities to fill that time is a far healthier alternative to social media. Another major problem and probably the most obvious, is addiction. It is so easy to become addicted to it.
Does this mean that social media is the devil? Absolutely not. As I like to say, moderation is key. Social media can be a great way to reconnect with old friends or even promote your brand or business. I use my accounts for both purposes. Social media can be useful when used wisely and in moderation. It helps people reconnect, helps us share laughs and inspire one another. Again, it comes down to how you use it and why you are using it. From the stats seen above a lot of people are using social media. Why and how they use it is their responsibility, just like it’s ours to ensure we are wise with our use of these modes of social interaction.