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In 2018, social media plays a bigger part in our lives than ever. People both young and old use it on an almost daily basis for a variety of different reasons. Social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, with 2.62 billion social media users worldwide as of this year. Some argue that social media has had a negative effect on our everyday lives. Others believe it has had a positive impact on the way information is shared. The emergence of the internet and as a result social media has changed the way we communicate forever, for both bad and good. One main argument for social media is that it helps people across the world communicate and keep in touch. Without platforms such as Facebook or Instagram, people would not have as great a means to communicate with family and friends in other countries. These platforms can also give people a better insight into their friend’s lives and help them feel more connected to one another. Social media spreads information faster than traditional sources such as television or radio. As a result, many use it as a news source, with 52% of Irish people reporting that they get their news through social media. According to a 2013 paper, 78.5% of journalists in the US use social media to check for breaking news. The immediacy provided by social media has in the past resulted in stories breaking far sooner than by traditional news outlets, such as the Boston marathon bombing in 2013 and the Hudson River plane crash in 2009. Social media can provide a platform for people to voice their opinions and share their interests. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram among other sites are filled with countless accounts and pages dedicated to numerous different topics, including sports, music, movies and TV shows, video games, politics, art, hobbies and much more. These pages give people an opportunity to converse with likeminded individuals and expand their knowledge of a certain subject. Social networking sites lack privacy and encourage users to be more open about their individual lives. This can result in people sharing information online that they wouldn’t reveal in real life. Tweets or Facebook posts from someone’s past can be unearthed in other to discredit them.