Be Happy, Use Social Media
In general, Americans tend to lean (and this lean is only ever-so-slight) to the positive when thinking about the impact of social media.
- 46% of online adults (only a plurality) believe that the impact of social media has been generally positive. But, the vast majority of this group is in the “somewhat” positive camp.
- Approximately 1 in 5 online adults feel there has been no real impact by the introduction of social media to our world, which frankly I find hard to believe.
- About 1 in 3 feel the impact has been negative.
Specifically according to our data, most online adults feel that social media has caused us to become more:
- onnected to one another (81%)
- Informed about the world around us (77%)
- Willing to try new things (75%)
- Willing to take risks (67%)
- Creative (66%)
- Adaptable to new situations (63%)
- Self-confident (62%)
- Effective communicators (61%)
- Professionally successful (61%)
- Effective critical thinkers (52%)
- Thoughtful to the needs of others unlike us (52%)
- However at the same time, many online adults agree that social media has caused us to become:
- More isolated (49%)
- More anxious or stressed (62%)
- Less physically active (75%) and healthy (57%)
And therein lies the riddle of social media. It has caused us to become more connected, yet more isolated; more cerebral, yet less physically fit; and happier yet more anxious.
Tell us – how often do you use social media? And how do you feel it has changed you personally and the way you interact with the world?