Social media can be (and usually is) a double edged sword. On one end it’s great to reach out to people well outside of your neighborhood. A person can even communicate with people on a global level which wasn’t possible 20 or 30 years ago. The reach of this is nothing less than amazing. Social media even gives business an edge it never had as far as its reach goes. Businesses can target (more specific) their audience without spending much time and resources to do so.
As good as social media can be, it also has its downfalls. It can be relied on too much and can create complacency that definitely can have effects on simple communication. Businesses can benefit in terms of saving time and money but can become “everything” instead of being a mere tool in the growth and/or progression of their business. From a social standpoint it can be destructive to friendships and relationships. Many people use social media to build relationships. The problem with this is a true relationship cannot be built with “social media.” It’s merely a tool to “help” maybe build one or assist in maintaining one. The problem comes when it’s central in the rapport-building (and communication) process as a whole.
Social media has become second nature in the social and business world. Social media has been a good thing for the world. As long as people don’t lose sight of its true purpose and use a healthy balance of it then this tool can make life very convenient on both the social and business front. HP