We all witnessed the 5 year growth period of social media and how quickly we became slaves of it. People share their weekend, their food, their clothes and anything else from the most important to the most ridiculously unimportant things. It’s just how things go right now. Being present in our culture means being present on social media. We get addicted to likes and social media impressions as if they actually meant something in real life. There is nothing wrong with the platform itself. No social media network did anything wrong, the problem is the way a lot of people use it and the role it plays in their lives. We all know a person who constantly seems to be on the hunt for approval, posting a pretty picture of him or herself every day. Using the platform this way will just make a person feel lonely and not connected. Yet the good news is that there is a way out. You can use social media very effectively and sensibly, without becoming a lurker. So let’s put aside all the messy feelings that social media ignites in us, such as jealousy, fear and the constant need for approval. Today, we’re going to make a critical analysis on how social media affects us and how it contributes to our society. It has already proven to have serious effects on our mental health, so it’s worth digging a bit deeper. We’ll look at both the positive and negative side of things and seek to understand how we can use the platform in a sensible manner. So, without further ado, let’s get down to it!