Social Media Paper
Dante C. Dumas
November 17, 2015
Dr. Rose Safir

Social Media Paper
What are the advantages and disadvantages of easily obtainable information?
Nowadays technology has made it really easy to access information especially from social media sites and applications linked to the sites. Having an idea of all of the advantages and disadvantages are something people do not usually think about while utilizing the technologies of receiving information.
One advantage of easily obtainable information is how fast you are able to get your hands on it. People find it to be convenient to be able to get the news, listen to new music, talking face to face and watching the latest television shows and movies. It is easier to get information from social media rather than waiting around a television and radio or reading a newspaper or magazine. It is an advantage in multitasking and in efficiency.
A disadvantage of having information that is easy to access is that sometimes information that should not be accessible becomes available to the public. There are plenty of celebrities and normal people who have had their personal business exposed on social networks and be made into news. An example of this is, if a family member dies suddenly and it makes its way to social media. This is not a good way for family to first hear the sad news. Not all information should be so easily accessed. (Lule, 2012)

What are the advantages and disadvantages of social media?
One of the biggest advantages is free advertising. Sites like Facebook make it easy for everyday people to promote their products or services with the possibility of becoming "viral" which means to become famous in a brief period of time. Promotion on social media is an interesting way of growing a business (Agosto & Abbas, 2011).
One of the biggest disadvantages is mistakes are magnified on social media networks. A minor mistake can be blown out of proportion and possibly harm your business. The use of social media can also be disruptive to workers when other things need to be accomplished. When social media is overused it can cause serious mental effects or even physical effects on people (Funk, 2011).
How might knowing these advantages and disadvantages alter how a person might use social media?
Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of social media will make people think about their next move. If business owners had a good understanding of how to utilize social media in a way to bring in more customers, they would focus on that instead of using social media for personal entertainment. The negative side of social media may cause a person to be less sociable on the site and not be able to express themselves or their business. Social media sites have useful options that help to make its users\' publications private or viewable by certain people (Reed et all, 2012).
What credibility issues can arise from information found on the Internet?
There are many issues when it comes to the internet having great credibility. The news also uses sources that must be deemed as reliable before they can publish anything. The internet is much different because people do not have to be professionals to report news and information. This makes internet media hard to be counted as credible because people base a lot of their thoughts on opinion or unreliable sources. Basing information on opinion makes it bias and unreliable.
Like anything, social media has pros and cons. Social media can be used productively in business and in personal life, from promotion of a company to connecting with old friends from high school. It can be used productively but it can also be a huge distraction from doing something important (Breslin, Passant & Decker, 2009)

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