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Social media: friend or foe?

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Social media: friend or foe?

Samantha Holloway
7 September 2022

The use of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others are part of our everyday lives. Used well they can help to connect with friends, family and colleagues, but misuse is common with many reporting being ‘trolled’ online that can lead to anxiety, depression or worse. Speaking from my own perspective I can say that overall I’ve had positive experience but that has required careful consideration of how I use the various platforms. My own approach has been to keep Facebook as a more social environment and use Twitter to build more of an academic community. I’m not suggesting that is necessarily what everyone needs to do but it has meant I’ve been able to separate personal and professional life. I also avoid entering in unnecessary debates or disagreements, unless there is a need to, for example to address misinformation or disinformation.

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