Has social media made the world better or worse? | The Tylt

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The rise of social media platforms has radically changed how we interact with each other—but it's hard to tell whether or not the change is good. Fans of social media say we are more connected now than ever before. Revolutions have been sparked on social media. Critics argue the connections are superficial and is ruining how we communicate with each other. What do you think? Vote now!

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Here are all the things social media has ruined. 

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But some people think that social media is a tool—it's up to us how we use it. 

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Pundits argue that social media has created echo chambers that reinforce what we already think. The algorithms that serve up photos of your friend's cat also make sure you only see the news that you want to see. We don't like seeing things that challenge our views and perspectives, so Facebook and other social media platforms work to make sure you never see it. 

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Beyond that, social media is designed to be addictive. It gives constant affirmation and is designed to get a user to continually come back and spend more time on it. It does this by preying on our worst tendencies. 

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Social media played a huge role in creating the Arab Spring—a series of uprisings against authoritarian governments across the Middle East. 

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Social media has also empowered and given a voice to groups that have been historically disenfranchised. 

Women rule social media. They dominate Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, and stand click-to-click with men on Twitter and Tumblr. It’s not all pretty pictures. This is truly the breakout year for driving awareness on women and girls’ issues through hashtag activism. Some have a professional women’s focus — #leanin, #changetheratio. Others focus on empowerment — #girlsrising, #womenshould — or girls in danger — #bringourgirlsback and #wearesilent.
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If you’re a civil rights activist in 2015 and you need to get some news out, your first move is to choose a platform. If you want to post a video of a protest or a violent arrest, you put it up on Vine, Instagram, or Periscope. If you want to avoid trolls or snooping authorities and you need to coordinate some kind of action, you might chat privately with other activists on GroupMe. If you want to rapidly mobilize a bunch of people you know and you don’t want the whole world clued in, you use SMS or WhatsApp. If you want to mobilize a ton of people you might not know and you do want the whole world to talk about it: Twitter.
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These events — and the corresponding responses on social media — illustrate what has become increasingly evident: it is almost impossible to think of a major political protest or upheaval occurring without social media being part of both the incident and the ensuing narrative. The Euromaidan protests, which culminated in the flight of President Yanukovych from Ukraine in late February 2014, are a case in point. Indeed, the Ukrainian Euromaidan protest movement may go down in history as the first truly successful social media uprising. 
FINAL RESULTS
Has social media made the world better or worse?
A festive crown for the winner
#SocialMediaSucks
#SocialMediaEmpowers
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