JRinFL wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 02, 2023 9:07 am
When the general population refers to Social Media, they do not mean forums. They mean Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Discord, etc.
I believe this is true. As pointed out by several, however, it's correct but not inclusive enough. In reading a dozen or so definitions of social media -- in websites devoted to social media, dictionaries, wikis, etc. -- I find most list these as examples, but most (maybe all) define
social media more along the lines of "using the internet and electronic media for social interaction."
When someone says "I absolutely
social media, it is a cancer on society," using sweeping language and absolutes, as the original poster often does, it can cause a respondent to examine poll choices more minutely, and choose more carefully. To be pedantic
I consider social media to be a cancer on society, and I also consider it one of society's most useful tools, and a wonderful innovation, maybe second only to the internet itself as a means of finding and sharing information. Some examples of the latter are the sharing of Russian troop and armor movements from Ukranian civilians to the Ukranian military, and among the military itself. The sharing of immediately updated lab results among vaccine researchers, worldwide, during the Covid pandemic. The use of social media during hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc., to provide up-to-date warnings and focus rescue efforts. And, of course, sharing info on knives, mods, sharpening techniques, and so on.
Some examples of the former are the spreading of misinformation on the war in Ukraine by Russian military bloggers. The spreading of misinformation on the efficacy (and inefficacy) of the various Covid vaccines. The use of social media to unnaturally influence voters during political campaigns. And to troll other social media users by introducing obviously inflammatory or divisive topics into the discussion.