Over recent years the topic of social media has been a controversial one. Whilst some adore the ability to share their favourite memories with their loved ones and the wider world, others find the platforms too invasive and damaging to individual self-esteem.
Whatever side of the debate you fall on, there is no denying that social platforms can be an asset in the current period of isolation. In fact, it’s been reported that messaging usage across platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp has increased by 50% and, similarly, the volume of video calls has doubled in some areas of the world!
Evidently, individuals are relying on these platforms to maintain contact with one another – whether this is in sharing posts, sending private messages or playing interactive games. Whatever the cause, these features allow us to reach out to those who may be struggling and offer our support.
Of course, we must recognise the negative effects such as the spread of misinformation, risk of addiction and the overall strain on our mental wellbeing. However, so long as we recognise these risks and actively try to manage them, then social media can still be a positive and necessary resource in the coming weeks.