Social Media In Filipinos

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Connected yet disconnected—is this really what social networking has turned us into? Knowing that social media has some issues, have you ever wondered whether social media is a comfort or a menace? The many issues that torment social media can be solved, so social networks remain to be a credible source of information, a means for public awareness, a platform for connecting with other people and strengthening offline and online relationships, a medium for crowdsourcing and solidarity, and engaging in business. Zuckerberg (2018) wrote in a Facebook post that social media enables people to spread information faster than ever before. In fact, a poll showed that a majority of traditional media reporters relied on social media to check for breaking…show more content…
According to Kwentong OFW (2015), the Commission on Filipinos Overseas reported in 2013 that there are approximately 10.2 million Filipinos living abroad. With this large number of overseas Filipinos, social media has undoubtedly contributed to connecting Filipinos living in the Philippines and those staying overseas. It is, however, argued that social media can lead to stress and offline relationship problems. This argument is challenged by a research paper by Brazil, Duque, and San Antonio (2017) which states that their study of 251 adolescents can prove that social media can strengthen offline relationships. Moreover, according to Locsin (2017), the survey Wave7 showed that among Filipinos, social media satisfied the needs to stay in touch with friends, meet new people, have fun, share new experiences, and keep company. Even senior citizens benefit the rise of social media by feeling more connected to society. In fact, Perrin (2015) reported that according to a 2015 Pew Research Center study, the 65 and older age group is one of the fastest growing demographic groups on social media sites. These senior citizens have been reported to feel happier because they are able to make online contact with their family. Moreover, a study conducted by Common Sense Media (2012) reported that social media gives socially isolated people a place to…show more content…
Like many other things, social media is a "double-edged sword,” which means that it has a good side and a bad side. It is, however, up to the people using the "sword" on how he or she would use it. Everything negative about social media can be avoided and even terminated. We just need to educate the people on how to use social media properly. Social media is, and was created as, a platform for collaborating, disseminating information, strengthening relationships, engaging in business, crowdsourcing, asking for help, and the like. Once people use social media for what it was created for, it would become a platform for the betterment of all using it—and for the betterment of Filipinos online and

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