People in this era are highly focused in giving a voice to their opinions. Whether it be via a Facebook status, writing on walls, Twitter updates, photos you share – these are all extensions of you and your personality. They help portray your interests, your views, your outlook and help show people who you are.
Everyone has a the right to say what they think and feel and, therefore, this is a good way for those less confident to make their stand. Written comments can inspire healthy debate as you have time to compose yourself.
Social networking sites give people their own space and these blog sites represent fun and socialisation. Many websites and apps have the “report” feature so that a user can alert the webmasters that something has gone wrong or is inappropriate or offensive.
It is a way for certain people to vent their anger without feeling self-conscious, nervous, or upset without resorting to violent actions. Everyone has a right to say what they think. Retweets, liking, or even posting your own status can be as effective as screaming at the top of your lungs at a protest.
Looking into the comments of these pieces, it is easy to see a cross section of what people believe about the topic. After all, the best way to argue for something is to know why people are arguing against it.
When a natural disaster strikes and causes devastating destruction, social media is the ideal vehicle to deliver messages asking for support. Hashtags are created to help Internet users locate related stories and show their support for those affected by the disaster. This helps stories that begin locally to gain national or global attention.
All in all, social media has helped bridge massive barriers across the world against race, religion and culture.