Social Media – Cause for a Utopia or Dystopia?

Over time social media has become almost essential in the lives of so many. People use it to communicate globally and, for the majority, create long-lasting connections. However, regardless of the ever-growing community that appreciates social media on a basic level; there is also another side of the spectrum with people that disagree with social media’s affects on the population, as a whole.

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The first stance on social media, arguing the positive side of it, is the opinion of social media, which provides for a utopian perspective. Social Media is the ultimate form of communication between those that would normally struggle to stay connected. For example, Facebook has elements that allow instant messaging, posting pictures, and updating on the changes made in one’s life on a daily basis. Another example of an application, that only affects the world in a positive manner, is LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a site, which allows for people to create individual pages listing their achievements, goals, and aspirations. All of the information pertains to the subject of who we are, who are becoming, and what we want to accomplish in the future. One could argue that there are only positive implications to a site, which promotes a healthy drive for success. However, there is another side to the argument of social media.
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One might be more inclined to contend that social media only contributes to the creation of a dystopia. If one were to utilize it for the wrong reasons, then the contributions online would only negatively affect the world. For example, cyber-bullying stemmed from the incessant use of social media in this day and age. Would cyber-bullying exist without a deep reliance and use of social media websites? Some might say that social media created this aspect of society and will only further a harsh future as a dystopia.

The opinions can be argued both ways. I think that it is just a matter of which one takes over the minds of the majority of the population first. We have the ultimate control over how we view society and how we use things like social media.

-Madison Rau

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3 comments

  1. I think it seems like a majority of the population thinks social media is harmful, but that can be said for anything. Unfortunately, negative views will always appear to be more prevalent. And while I don’t support cyber bullying, I do support sites like LinkedIn. It all boils down to moderation and the balance between online life and real life, much like the Ted Talk presented in class about a man’s year spent offline.

  2. I think the jump from cyber-bullying to dystopia is a bit extreme. A society is not automatically a dystopia because it is not a utopia, which by definition is a nearly unreachable ideal. There is definitely a (huge) middle ground, and that’s the society we live in today.

    1. I wasn’t implying that a society is a dystopia because it is not a utopia. I was simply stating one of the reasons why it may cause someone to believe social media does not assist in creating a positive utopian society.

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