Social Media Has Negatively Changed Our Culture

People from the same culture usually have these ideologies in common. Therefore, culture is a reflection of the history of a given community, its heritage, as well as the manner in which it expresses its ideas and creativity. The inception of social media platforms in the world brought about significant transformation across various sectors of the economy, governance, as well as societal and cultural settings. One of the positive gains of social media was enabling the close intermingling of people from different parts of the world on the same platform. Cunningham (74) argues that a social media user in the United States can have friends and followers from different parts of the world, such as China, Brazil, Africa, and Europe. This means that the user can get to learn the cultures of all his or her friends and as they share and exchange pictures, ideas, as well as information. However, this close interaction of people from different parts of the world through social media equally has negative consequences on the cultural settings and beliefs of the said communities. It is imperative to note beforehand that culture provides the subsequent measure for the quality of life, the health of a society, as well as its vitality. Culture provides people with a sense of belonging, both cognitive and personal growth, and the ability to relate and empathize with one another. According to Joosten (112), some of the direct benefits drawn from a solid cultural platform include self-esteem, health and wellness, social capital, economic return, and skills development. The inception of social media threatens these benefits of culture by transforming the traditional cultural settings that held societies together. A community holds its cultural practices and beliefs dear and important. However, the interaction of peoplefrom different communities and different cultures causes intermingling of cultures to the extent whereby people start questioning certain cultural practices and beliefs within their community. Powell (84) argues that this comparison of cultural beliefs and practices leads to the erosion of cultural standards of different communities.

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