From morning until night, I am sending messages, being inspired by my friends, or watching clips. I am 25 and people my age are obsessed with social media, and this is the reality because it is mentally, emotionally and physically stimulating. The two social media websites I use the most are Facebook and YouTube. I will give three benefits of using both of these sites.
First, logging on to YouTube is a fun and relaxing time — the perfect distraction and procrastination tool. Time flies by when I watch my favorite channels. My favorite time-wasting channels these days have to do with bodybuilding, musical parodies of Miley Cyrus and other celebrities, and chess tutorials taught by actual grandmasters. The channels are unique and suited to my interests.
Secondly, I don’t own a time-machine, so there is no way I can ever attend Jimi Hendrix’s rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner at Woodstock in 1969, but on YouTube, there are a lot of old concerts that I can view. These concerts are free, lost treasures that I can find and watch when I want. I have learned a lot about the culture of our country by watching videos on YouTube.
When I am having a bad day, laughter is the best medicine. YouTube can keep me laughing time and again because it is easy to re-watch old clips that I know will relieve stress.
Facebook Is Useful
The Facebook Chat option is great to use to stay in touch with friends and family. I have the Facebook app on my iPod so I can text my friends through facebook without paying for texts. This saves money, and as a college student with monthly loan repayments, I am all about saving a few bucks.
Facebook can be inspiring. When my friends see something they like they can post that image, video or text as their status. In this way, Facebook acts like a blog. The status can be “liked” or commented on. I get to find out what is inspiring to my friends, and this is often inspiring to me too. In the middle of a tough day, an inspirational message is uplifting.
Facebook is an easy way to organize events or parties. Just last summer, I got an invitation to go swim and hang out at my friend’s house that lives an hour away. Not only was I invited, but the host also got eight others to come and this was all easily set up on Facebook by making a group page that was sent to all of us.