Social media is something most people are using these days. Even if they’re not actively participating, almost everyone knows a little bit about how it works. The internet and its social platforms grow every day, making it hard to know its effects until after they’ve become either a huge success or a serious issue. Humans are social beings and crave connection. There are many positives to being so connected to others via social media. However, mental health can often decline with the use of social media. Bullying is common in the form of hate comments, threats, or gossip. Studies have linked social media to several mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Creating an image for yourself online takes more thought and allows you more time to question yourself than in-person social interaction. The space that social media allows us to choose how we are perceived can cause both anxiety and depression. Seeing others’ success or happiness can lead to feelings of inadequacy. I could go on forever about how different social media can cause different issues. However, I don’t think social media is the root cause of our current mental health epidemic. It just has the ability to seriously worsen mental health issues. On the flip side, it can make people feel not so alone. The pros and cons of social media are endless. You can argue either side and never be 100% right.
This link shares many of these pros and cons as well as how to use social media to your benefit.
My name is Theodore H. Melchior, this is my final spring semester at metro. My major is in Professional and technical writing, this was a required class but I feel that any additional knowledge about how modern technology and social media works will help me in the future.
I am unsure of what else to add to this so I will finish up this blog post and figure out what I did wrong in the future. As is the custom for me in school.
Hello, nice to meet you all! My name is Brianne Burdette and I’ve worked as a media producer in the Twin Cities since 2015, when I left Metro State and secured a job through my internship. I am a returning student to Metro to finish my bachelor’s in Technical Communication & Professional Writing, I will be graduating this spring, which I am very anxious to do so.
I recently changed roles and got a new job as a digital media associate and marketing assistant, I know enough to accomplish basic social media and digital marketing tasks but would like to learn how to be more efficient and effective in that space.
I’m a pretty introverted person, but am available for discussion or help in this class, just reach out!
Hello! I’m Odessia (Oh-dess-uh) and my pronouns are she/her. I transferred to Metro State from MCTC after getting my Associate’s Degree in Creative Writing. I’m now working towards getting my Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Communication and Professional Writing in hopes to become a grant writer post graduation. I was born and raised in Minneapolis but just moved to St Paul in September. Currently, I work as a barista in two different coffee shops. With two jobs and school I don’t have much free time. Any time that I do have I spend with my dog and two cats.
Hello everyone! My names is Ben and this is my last year here at Metro State. I’m pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Technical Communications/ Professional Writing and am hoping to either do freelance work or find something in the publishing realm. I work part time at a small liquor store in Hopkins so between that and school I don’t have much free time. When I do, I like to read (mostly fiction) and go out with friends when I can.
I am excited to work with different forms of digital media in this course and I am looking forward to working with you all. Lets have a great semester!
Hello, my name is Jimmy Thao. I am a Media studies major with this being my last semester. I’m looking forward to learning more about social media in this class and how it can be used to promote for organizations and causes.
Hello everyone! My name is Naomi Zollner, my pronouns are she/her, and I’m an Organizational Communication major. In addition to school, I work as a barista part-time. I’m not quite sure what I want to do with my major yet, but I’m hoping to explore options this semester! In my free time I enjoy playing piano and working on various art projects.
Good morning and hello! My name is Bryan, my pronouns are he/him, and I’m a Junior here at Metro State getting my bachelor’s degree in Professional Communications. I work full time (and also live) in downtown Minneapolis, and am attending Metro as a full time student. I’m learning how to be a step-parent to our daughter (9 years old) and I love to play tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons or World of Darkness.
Looking forward to our first class together folks!