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Social Media : Advantages or Disadvantages

Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Social media is becoming an indispensable component of people’s life.  More and more people prefer to communicate with others through using social media. We should admit that social media bring many benefits in people’s life. One of the initial benefits of social media is the low cost, and it is good for business in particular. When businesses use social media, it can create and distribute promotional material, and then provide you with more opportunities to entice others to link to content.

Further more, comparing with the traditional media, social media is more global reach. Traditional media can reach a global audience but this is usually very costly and time-consuming. Through social media, people around the world can get information as soon as possible without worrying about the geographical location and time. They can always get  information firsthand. Also, social media stats are immediately measurable, whereas traditional media figures often need to be monitored over a long period of time. Last but not the least, social media’s adaptability makes content management generally more flexible. Information can be updated, altered, supplemented and discussed in a way completely unknown to a printed advertisement, a newspaper article or magazine feature. What is more, information can be published in seconds, making it possible for businesses to ensure that their content is always up to date — a condition to a more prominent spot in the search engine rankings.

As for our students, social media can broaden our horizon and enrich our knowledges and give more opportunities to participate in more activities which is really good for ourselves. However, no one is perfect, social media is not perfect, either. It also brings some disadvantages. Social media occupies so many times in people’s life, some of them get illness because of using social media for a long time without resting. Though the news through social media can be very fast, sometimes we cannot figure out whether this news is real or faked by someone else. The following article will tell us how Facebook has changed adoption and sometimes this kind of change is not always for the better. The following article would like to give some examples to indicate that how social media will bring some disadvantages for people.

*this article was originally posted at all rights are held with the original author Rachel Browne and The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH)

Benevolent Society urges caution in use of social media for reunions

Rachel Browne  AUGUST 25 2016

Social media has changed the way adoptees and their birth family members are reconnecting, but not always for the better.

Networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn have made it easier to track people down but the manager of the Benevolent Society’s Post Adoption Resource Centre has urged caution.


Adoptee Peter Jolly met his birth mother but they did not maintain a relationship. Photo: Janie Barrett

Anjanette Humphreys said there had been an increase in calls from adult adoptees who had been contacted by birth parents via social media and vice versa.

“It is a minefield,” she said. “There is a lot of Facebook stalking going on. We do get contacted by people who have received messages through social media and it can often come as a huge shock.

“We would caution people to think very carefully before launching headlong into social media as it’s not always the best medium to use. It can often lead to more trauma and grief.”

The Post Adoption Resource Centre was established 25 years ago when laws changed to allow better access to past adoption records.

In that time it has conducted 70,000 counselling sessions and mediated 1800 reunions but Ms Humphreys warns not all have fairytale endings.

“Most people are well intentioned when they make an approach to a family member,” she said.

“The approach may not lead to a meeting or an ongoing relationship and people need to be prepared for that possibility. Not every reunion has a happy ending.”

Peter Jolly was adopted by a couple in Brisbane in 1959 and learnt he was not their biological child when he was six. He applied for his adoption records in 1991 but resisted meeting his birth family: “I never wanted to meet my mother; I was worried about being rejected again.”

After a period of personal upheaval, the disability support worker contacted PARC, which helped him arrange a meeting with his mother.

“We met but that was very challenging,” he said. “It didn’t take me long to realise we were on totally different pages and we weren’t going to be OK.”

Catherine Smith (not her real name) was born in the 1960s and describes the couple who adopted her as “the best parents anyone could wish for” but says she always sensed something was lacking.

“You live your life on the periphery on many levels because you don’t have genetic markers,” Ms Smith said. “So much of your identity and self worth is related to where you come from.”

When her adoptive father died four years ago, she contacted PARC, which supported her in tracing and meeting her birth mother.

“There was so much grief,” she said. “It was the toughest thing I have ever done in my life.

“People trying to find each other by Facebook or LinkedIn – that just frightens me to death. It’s so complicated even if you think you have it under control. The process nearly destroyed me but in one way I am fortunate in that at least I have some answers. Many people never get that.”

Australian adoptions peaked in 1971-72 when 10,000 children were adopted but that number has dwindled to 292 in 2014-15. Recent reform in NSW aimed at boosting adoption rates has been divisive.

The majority of adoptions in Australia are “open”, where the child has access to information about their background and contact with birth family members but Ms Humphreys said many still struggle with issues around their identity.

“In the case of open adoption there is less secrecy but our experience in working with families is that there is still a lot of pain and grief on all sides,” she said.

Author: Rachel Browne

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH)


  1. Jingma, a great comment on this post! I really enjoyed how you used an informative while engaging tone, and think it fits perfectly with your pages tagline ‘for students, by students’.

    I think its fantastic that while acknowledging potential challenges with social media, you are strongly displaying its many benefits. This was highlighted when talking about the physical and economic ease and widespread accessibility of social media, and how this helps bridge issues of both geography, class and time.

    Ending your comment on the article with a specific focus on student readership was an excellent way to reconnect with your target audience. Overall a really informative opening comment on the article that definitely made me (your target audience) want to read more!

  2. Hi there! I really liked reading this article about the advantages and disadvantages of social media.

    People of the modern age are so incredibly reliant on the internet and social media technologies. Everywhere we go, people are forever on their mobile phones. It is an odd sight to see anyone reading a book or just sitting quietly (unless that person is a senior citizen!).

    Although I am also an avid user of social media I sometimes feel that this method of communication is making us all extremely withdrawn from real life and we are becoming more and more socially inept. It seems that people are far less likely to arrange a social event where we may meet others for coffee or for dinner and people are reluctant to even call up others on the phone anymore. Email, text and Facebook messaging seem to be the norm.

    The hardest part of this infiltration of technology into our everyday lives it that it does not give us a change to just… be. We are constantly bombarded with these messages and we are available 24/7. Now, tell me – what is more romantic: a guy (or girl) you have a crush calling you on the phone and asking you on a date or a simple message of ‘netflix and chill?’. Is romance dead in the new technological age? Well, after watching an exorbitant amount of old-school Hollywood movies I would say yes. But I suppose this is all subjective.

    Another frightening thing is that people are sharing absolutely everything about their lives on social media platforms like Facebook and twitter. However, more often than not these representations are heavily warped in a way that portrays their life as much better than what is really is. After all, you only want to share the most positive aspects of your life , right? The only problem with this is that it can make the rest of us feel rather inadequate. Here I am after a long day at university, trying to keep warm from the bitter winter cold and my fridge is empty except for fruit loops and vodka – and here is some random on my Facebook or Instagram feed sharing their extravagant lives i.e exploring the Greek Islands, feeding orangutans or partying on a boat with Leonardo Di Caprio. How are we supposed to compete with that?

    Social media is dangerous. But we are addicted. Welcome to the new age.

  3. Nice post and comments – Jasmine mentioned addiction – all addictions can be quit. Just stop it and you’ll be free!

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