Social Media

6 Positive Effects Social Media Sites Have on Society

Dave Parrack Updated 08-12-2019

Social networking is such a massive part of all our lives that it can no longer be ignored. The question is whether social media sites are good for society.


As with everything, there are good things and bad things about social networking. And in this article we explore some of the positive impacts of social media.

1. Social Media Makes It Easier to Make Friends

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One of the biggest positives of social media is that it has never been easier to make friends. Just a few decades ago it was pretty tough to connect with people, unless you were the overly outgoing type able to make conversation with anyone and everyone at a party.

The rise of mobile phones helped change this, connecting people in a new way, but then social networks sprang up and the whole idea of friendship changed again. And there’s no going back.

It’s entirely possible to have hundreds of friends on Facebook. They may not be friends you spend time with in the real world, but they’re friends nonetheless. There are several people I consider friends who I have never met in real life, but that doesn’t lessen the connection we have thanks to social networks.


Social networking sites can help you make and keep friends.

2. Social Media Fosters Empathy

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Each of us spends a little too long talking about ourselves on social networking sites. Which is perfectly natural. We’re sharing our lives—the ups and downs, the twists and turns—with people we think will care.

They generally do care, and will tell you so. They will listen to what you have to say, and help you deal with any problems you may be facing. If this isn’t the case, then you may want to find new friends.


The point is that by all of us sharing our experiences, both good and bad, on social networking sites, we’re able to empathize with each other. A friend may have gone through a similar ordeal that you are currently going through, and they will be able to help you get through it.

You’ll also be able to see for yourself that they made it out of the other side, that this issue didn’t derail them, and that they are perhaps better for the experience. Which is why social media is good for you.

Social networking sites can act as a kind of group therapy session.

3. Social Media Allows for Speedy Communication

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Our time is being stretched thinner and thinner by work and family commitments. But social networking sites offer a chance to communicate in a speedy and efficient manner, especially when everyone involved is familiar with social media slang 25 Social Media Slang Terms You Need to Know Social media has a language all of its own. And in this article, we explain the meaning of our favorite social media slang terms. Read More .

Writing a tweet takes all of 20 seconds, and with cross-posting to other social networks switched on, that update reaches everyone you want it to reach (and probably more besides) in an instant.

One of the reasons many people dislike making phone calls is the unnecessary banter they necessitate. You can’t just say what you want to say and then hang up. Because doing so is seen as rude. Instead, you have to swap pleasantries before saying what you want to say, and then swap more pleasantries before the conversation comes to a natural conclusion.

Social networking sites allow you to live a life unhindered by small talk.


4. Social Media Makes the World Seem Smaller

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It isn’t just your inner circle of close friends and even closer family members that social networking sites allow you to communicate with easily and effectively. One of the good things about social media is its power to open the world up to you, making it a smaller place than it has ever been before.

So much so that I actually haven’t a clue where many of my contacts reside. When it comes to social networks everyone is equal, regardless of location.

Family members living abroad can be kept abreast of the latest happenings in your world as quickly as those living next door. Friends you haven’t seen since school, and who have since moved away, are able to keep in touch. Social networking sites mean someone’s physical location has become a lot less important.

Social networking sites have made the world a smaller place.

5. Social Media Helps You Build Relationships

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There is no doubting that having social networking in our lives can lead to relationships breaking up. But there is another side to the story, which is that people are moving onto other, perhaps better, relationships. Social networks can put you (back) in touch with people who you have lots in common with, and that common ground is often the starting point for long-lasting relationships Tired of Tinder? Seven Free Alternative Dating Apps Now that Tinder is charging for its services, it might be time to turn to one of the many other dating apps available. Which will you try? Read More .

As painful as breakups can be, they can sometimes be the right thing for all concerned. What’s to say that the new relationship, founded on the steps of Facebook, isn’t the one that will last? Even if it doesn’t turn into a spectacular coupling, it could be the friendship that is needed at the time. Which has to be a positive thing.

Social networking sites can help foster friendships and more.

6. Social Media Helps You Find Common Ground

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As previously mentioned, social networking sites can help you find people you share interests with. Facebook, for example, asks you to list who and what you are interested in right from the start. This makes it much easier to find common ground with other users.

On Twitter you should be following those who have something to say that you’re interested in, making connections with like-minded individuals much easier than you would offline.

This does require the sharing of information and giving up a certain amount of privacy. Which is enough for some people to reject social networking outright. Keeping key personal information private is necessary, but sharing your likes and dislikes and interests and obsessions can actually contribute to an open society.

Social networking sites make fitting in easier, as long as you open up a little.

Why Is Social Media Good for Society?

As with most things in life, there are positive and negative sides to social networking. My ultimate belief is that when used in moderation, with checks and balances on how younger people in particular are using them, social networking sites are neither good or evil. Instead, they’re somewhere in between.

Does this make you feel better about social networking sites and the effect they could be having on society? Or will you remain wary in spite of these examples of the positive impact of social networking sites?

To provide some much-needed balance, we’ve looked at the pros and cons of social media The Pros and Cons of Social Media What are the pros and cons of social media? We explore both sides of the debate. Read More . If they resonate with your personal experience of online networking, consider using these tips to spend less time on social media 7 Tips to Help You Waste Less Time on Social Media Here are several tips and tricks you can use to waste less time on social media and become a happier individual. Read More .

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  1. Mick
    April 27, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    FaceBook can create hate amongst adults very easily. I have seen it happen many times!

  2. dragonmouth
    April 25, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    "Social Media Makes It Easier to Make Friends"
    Yup. Every scam artist and grifter is your friend. Until they are finished exploiting you. Then they friend the next pigeon.

    "Social Media Fosters Empathy"
    Certainly. How may people have committed or contemplated suicide because of this supposed empathy? Is it because of empathy that social networking sites are implementing anti-bullying measures?

    "Social Media Allows for Speedy Communication"
    They do give you instant gratification. You also get to feel the hate much quicker.

    "Social Media Helps You Build Relationships"
    Sure do. In my area today, police arrested over 20 pedophiles because they tried to "build relationships" with kids on social media.

    "Social Media Helps You Find Common Ground"
    Social media builds echo chambers.

    "Social networking sites make fitting in easier, as long as you open up a little."
    People want to fit in so badly they develop diarrhea of the mouth.

  3. Joy bruze
    November 27, 2018 at 10:31 am

    I love your detailed notes,,,,,, thanks a lot.

  4. lmarie
    July 31, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Thank you for this article, it helped me on my school project. This article is one of the unique articles I found because most of it are in a one cluster. Like for students or adults etc.

  5. Sean
    July 4, 2018 at 8:42 am

    Facebook is a cancer. It's an easy way for bullies to abuse their prey. Full of negative memes and a political war zone. People air out their personal problems and then bitch when someone comments on it. I suppose on a positive note I would probably not get one Birthday wish if it hadn't been for Facebook haha.

  6. Jacob
    December 19, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    This has been very helpful and given a good insight into the positive side of social media. In my opinion social media is overwhelmingly good given everyone their own identity online is not a bad thing as it allows us a chance to connect with people we wouldn't have a chance of meeting of line. It works wonders

  7. Myname
    March 11, 2017 at 10:50 am

    No basis, no relevance, no evidence, no substance. This article is a desperate attempt to justify the irrelevant. Social media would be great in an ideal world, with ideal humans; however, that is not and never will be the case.

    • adroit65
      June 11, 2018 at 11:12 am

      please be a bit clearer about what you speak.

  8. Divith Rao
    September 19, 2016 at 4:06 am

    I loved this is useful...??

    July 13, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Your so gay

    • Ijamjams
      October 12, 2016 at 5:20 am


    • hari krishna
      November 23, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      You're rude

    • adroit65
      June 11, 2018 at 11:10 am

      you must be. shut up. don't right these things on comments

      • Mick
        April 27, 2019 at 5:18 pm

        write not right

  10. kpah
    May 11, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    SO true. It is the cause students cheating on test in school.

    • 10nutx
      June 20, 2016 at 2:31 pm


  11. hello
    April 19, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    passage. not pessage, beef jerky. And btw, why did you name yourself that???

    • 10nutx
      June 20, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      beef jerky is bae

  12. Mackayla
    March 24, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Reading this has greatly helped me out for my argumentative essay on the effects of social media.

    • Nikita
      October 30, 2017 at 7:45 pm


      • saray
        November 9, 2017 at 2:26 pm

        same ?

    • adroit65
      June 11, 2018 at 11:11 am

      me too

  13. van928
    March 10, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    this passage is great i used it for my profect in school

  14. Lorenzo5
    November 18, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    (1) People used to read books at night - that was a healthy activity.
    -Instead, they use facebook to waste time

    (2) People used to socialize in person
    -Instead, they use facebook to waste time

    (3) People used to exercise.
    -Instead, they use facebook to waste time

    (4) People used to persue extracuricular activities to enchance their life.
    -Instead, they use facebook to waste time.

    Hands down - social networking sites have been the most destructive influence on both old and young minds alike.
    Take back your life - put down your phone/tablet etc. and rejoin the world.

    • 10nutx
      June 20, 2016 at 2:38 pm


    • joanna
      July 9, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      actually it depends on our decisions on how we use social media , the good side of it is, i tend not to miss so much of my relatives out there coz of the power of social media i can communicate to them easily, I use fb posts for empathy at times and sometimes i read books, draw , and many more for empathy, but if you have this thing called "obssession" or "overinfluence" over social media, then that's bad, see it's just a matter of choice

    • adroit65
      June 11, 2018 at 11:13 am

      not that true

  15. Pedro
    April 27, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Toss Misalad

    • 10nutx
      June 20, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      we are not spanish idiot we dont like u u have no friends

  16. beef jerky
    April 24, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    this is a good pessege

    • 10nutx
      June 20, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      ur name is yummy

  17. shona kapoor
    March 29, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    yaa its good passage its related to my project also

  18. hahahha
    March 18, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Great i loved it i used it in my project

  19. who cares
    February 27, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    great details

  20. anonymous
    February 25, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    i dont have facebook nor do i have a phone

    • Jacob
      December 19, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      and yet you have a email

  21. chicken nuggets
    February 24, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    this is a good passege

    • anonymous;)
      February 24, 2015 at 11:09 pm

      true,very specific!

  22. fried chicken
    February 23, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    im using this for school its nice

    • Anonymous
      February 23, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      this is a good passege

    • Anonymous
      February 23, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      this is a good passege

    • Anonymous
      February 23, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      this is a good passege

    • 6Godbroski
      February 11, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      same lmao bro #illuminati

      • goo
        May 22, 2019 at 1:57 pm

        this is a good passege

  23. unkown
    February 11, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    you are number 1 with us

  24. Anonymous
    December 25, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Well! Its a good thing but for school children its waste of time

  25. rajesh
    October 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    well, i guess social networking sites have become a quintessential part of a large faction of the society. i beleive that it is not at all a bane to the society but a boon to the majority. IF it is used to the best possible way it would reap more positives than negatives.
    And iterating the cliche - 'an empty mind is a devils playground'...if an individual has nothing to do he could destroy the sanity, of even an ongoing sunday chapel service...

  26. pinaz
    August 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    can i get some important question on positive side of social networking site

  27. Liz Valette
    July 18, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I recently sold my car through Facebook. In less than 36 hours the deal went through and the money reached my bank account. It took very little effort on my part. I’ve been on Facebook a long time, like all relationships they take time and effort. I live in Portsmouth and I'm retired.

  28. Anik
    May 31, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Social media is actually a source of easy communication.

    • g
      May 10, 2015 at 6:21 pm

      Who said you could comment

  29. Udari Gamage
    May 28, 2012 at 5:26 am

    As you have mentioned in the conclusion these social networks have both advantages and disadvantages. Especially when considering about school children today most of them have the access to these social networks. In a way it's faster and easier ,but on the other hand once people get addicted to it they can't stop logging into FB or Twitter. That's a bad sign. I too have a face book profile,but I log in only once in a way.

  30. parvez@social networking site
    May 20, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    It is really a great post..

  31. rachman joy
    May 1, 2012 at 2:48 am

    after having a year join on facebook,i realize its giving more patiences habit for myself, and ... to increasing my sexual desires (its true !).

  32. Bumferry
    April 20, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    As you say, Every Ying has ts Yang. If I had been asked 2 years ago about facebook and twitter etc, I would have laughed you out of town with a chortle of "its all for kids and geeks" but since then I've moved away for a new job and FB is now the main way i am able to stay in easy communication with friends, be it by the laptop or the apps on my phone. sometimes its always an option to speak on the phone but a quick message on FB or twitter has allowed me to not only keep in touch but reduce/extend my list of friends to the point where I now know who WANTS to stay in touch and who cant be bothered.
    of corse, theres the whole "how much info are these systems and companies using about me?" (hense why i use a silly name like this eveywhere i go) but overall Im grateful for the chance to have these tools to ensure i dont loose contact with those i care about.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 21, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      Facebook has rightly come in for a lot of criticism, especially over its privacy policies, but it definitely has its positive sides.

      As you say, as a means of communication social networking sites are fantastic if used in the right way. Thanks for your comment. And I like the name ;)

    • g
      May 10, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      Para n a half mate