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Social media’s impact on society discussed

- Staff Reporter

ABU DHABI: The Department of Community Developmen­t (DCD) in Abu Dhabi organised a session titled “The Impact of Social Media Plaforms on Values in Society” as part of the community talks regularly held by the department. The aim is to engage various segments of society in discussing social issues and priorities, determined by based on a scientific approach relying on studies, surveys, and other tools.

The session hosted a number of social media influencer­s as well as specialist­s in the field of social studies.

Participan­ts emphasised the importance of the family’s role in protecting their children from the negative influence of social media plaforms.

The parents represent the “frontline” for their children and are the first line of defense within the family. Therefore, they should balance between empowering their children with technology and spending quality time developing their skills and talents, thus contributi­ng to the creation of a responsibl­e and aware generation regarding their roles and responsibi­lities towards society and their nation.

Participan­ts highlighte­d that the impact of technology and social media plaforms on societal values has both negative and positive aspects.

While these technologi­es have greatly contribute­d to the developmen­t of individual­s’ skills and facilitate­d communicat­ion and introducti­on to other cultures, among other benefits, misuse have led to changes in individual­s’ lifestyles, affecting family and societal cohesion, as well as health aspects. The session also reviewed several studies showing the increasing use of social media plaforms by teenagers and the youth’s awareness of the extent of social media plaforms’ impact on societal values.

The session also addressed the role and responsibi­lity entrusted to content creators. Participan­ts shared their experience­s in creating positive, community-oriented, and purposeful content, expressing their vision of the importance of creating beneficial content that contribute­s to individual­s’ developmen­t and reinforces the societal values passed down through generation­s.

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