By Tehani Chowdhury
Social Media, such as Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter and etc. are readily accessible through every platform nowadays due to the advancement of technology. We use our phones, computers and tablets to check social media during awkward moments in our lives or even when we’re just bored. Social media however, isn’t all that great when it is being used by some people 24/7 as it can have negative mental and physical effects on a person. This is even more serious as children have started using social media at such young ages, much earlier than what was typical a few years ago. I believe that informing the younger generation about the effective use of social networking, or in general, social media. The Internet is an absolutely amazing resource, and here are five tips on how we can harness the power of the Internet, in a positive way.
1. Fundraising & Crowdfunding
If you are part of or know an organization that is struggling to raise funds for an important cause, use crowdfunding websites, such as GoFundMe, IndieGoGo, Peerbackers and Kickstarter, and promote on social networks to raise funds. People are more generous than you think, and they are willing to donate their money even more so when it’s for a good cause. A $5 bill here and there from family, friends and relatives can go farther than you think!
2. Post Uplifting, Meaningful Messages and Photos
On Instagram, we see a lot of pictures of girls and boys with either new clothes, the newest food trend, cars or makeup... and if you haven’t noticed, there is a pattern here. We’re growing up in a culture that is dominated by the need for more materialistic goods and an instinct to share nearly everything we purchase to our social networks. This only reinforces a need to buy more and spend more, and whether we admit it or not, it is subconsciously ingrained into our minds. Positive ways of using this “trend” include taking pictures of amazing scenery and activities that reinforce ideas of spending time with those you love and happiness through moments and experiences shared, rather than obtaining or buying an item.
3. Creative Inspiration
Is there a big school project that you want to be creative with? Well, Pinterest, YouTube, Tumblr and so many more sites may be the answer. These websites allow people to make really nice crafts and do DIY’s that make everything much more meaningful and personal for whatever project someone is doing. Whenever you’re feeling a little down or you have some free time, you may want to make a DIY out of anything. By doing so, you’re using these simple everyday tools and creating something amazing out of it. In addition, the things you create may not look perfect or come out of a store, but you made it with your own hands, and just in that itself, it is wonderful.