Emer­gence of so­cial me­dia plat­forms as cor­ner­stone of on­line world

Arab News - - MEDIA - — Saad Al-Dosari is a Saudi writer based in Jed­dah.

group or a com­mu­nity of some­thing you fol­low, it would mostly be a waste of time that you could have spent find­ing other use­ful in­for­ma­tion about that same topic on your own.”

With all the con­fi­dence in the world, he does not feel left out or miss­ing any­thing. “If it’s about news, the mo­bile is full of apps with trusted sources that could fetch you the break­ing news. If it’s about im­por­tant top­ics of dis­cus­sions in any field, just fol­low up the spe­cial­ized web­sites and fo­rums ded­i­cated to that field.” It is truly in­ter­est­ing to be con­fronted with such an opin­ion­ated voice against some­thing you have been tak­ing for granted.

While one can­not deny the pos­i­tive out­comes of so­cial me­dia, it is also hard to dis­miss the fact that there is a lot of noise on these plat­forms. I could not con­vince him to ac­cept so­cial me­dia and he could not con­vince me to give it up, but I truly be­lieve that we are both right in a way; the se­cret of hav­ing a good so­cial me­dia pres­ence is in strik­ing a bal­ance be­tween too much us­age and none of it at all.

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