- May 25, 2020
Save the World.
Accordingto Vaughan& Hogg(2005), social psychology deals with the study of how individual’sfeelings, thoughts and behaviors are affected by the imagined, actualor implied presence of other people. One of the major problems facingpeople nowadays is loneliness. Due to the recent changes in worldeconomy, most people are busy working on their own businessesresulting to poor socialization. This leads to loneliness since mostpeople do not have people to share their emotions with when they aresad. This has resulted to increased cases of depression and evensuicide for those who cannot control their emotions. We can save theworld from the problems of loneliness, stress and depression throughuse of social media.
Socialmedia allows people from different parts of the world to meet overthe internet and discuss matters that they have in common. Althoughmost people claim to be busy in their work and nobody can sacrificetheir time to give someone company, majority of the people spend alot of time on social media chatting with others. One can avoidloneliness by chatting with people in social media to feel as if theyare physically together.
Anadvantage of social media is that one can interact with many peopleat the same time. Social psychology explains about the implied andimagined presence of other people in someone’s life. When one hasseveral people to communicate with, they will not feel lonely. Onewill be able to chat with various people and even if the person youare chatting with gets busy, there will still be more people who areavailable to communicate with (Correa,Hinsley, & Zuniga, 2010).
Thereare different types of social media where one can send differenttypes of messages. There are social media platforms where one cansend text messages, others someone can send pictures, voice and videoclips or communicate through live video means such as the use ofskype. These different forms of communication gives one a variety ofchoices to choose from. When one is bore with one type of media, theycan choose to another one to prevent monotony. Through the use ofdifferent media, one is happy with the communication and they mayforget their loneliness. (Meyrowitz,2006).
Socialmedia allows one to choose the person to chat with. When looking fora friend to physically communicate with, one has limited options. Onemay not have many people to choose from since people are busy doingtheir own business. However, with the use of social media, one hasmillions of people to choose from. One can therefore choose easilythe person they feel they will be most comfortable to communicatewith (Kaplan& Haenlein, 2010).
Onehas a wide variety of topics to choose from. In social media,different people discuss different subjects. There are groups for anysubject one would wish to discuss ranging from sports, politics,romance, flirts among many others. A person feeling lonely can joinany group of their choice and socialize with the people in the group.When one is satisfied with a certain subject, they can freely changeto another group which has the subject they want. (Tajfel,2012).This keeps someone busy and happy socializing with others.
Withthe numerous social media platforms, people should not stay lonely.We can save the world from depression, stress and suicide originatingfrom loneliness by use of social media. Although people are busy intheir own jobs, and they may not have time to sit down and talk toothers, it does not mean that there is no one to listen. If usedeffectively, social media can easily keep someone in the company ofothers though far apart, they can be imagined to be near and withthe individual.
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