I am very passionate about social media. Most people believe that social media is a place for hackers, cyber bullying and much more, but when I think of social media, I think of different things. I believe that social media is a great platform for people to interact with each other. Nowadays, Social media is used for so much more than sharing pictures with your followers on myspace. With companies that have made millions of dollars in social media apps, it has been more present in our lives than ever. I believe that social media is a good thing. It helps us stay in touch with our friends that we may not see too often. Sharing pictures, status updates, six second videos, daily vlogs, all of the above. Social media has taken the world by storm, and for good reasons too. The most recent craze, is youtubers. People that vlog about their day, do q and a videos with fans, and participate in crazy challenges. People seem to be drawn towards this. Youtubers have grown into incredibly successful people with fans all over the world, and this is because of social media. Social media allows you to grow closer to people that you share the same interests over. You meet tons of new people, and make new friends. Social media also allows you to express yourself in many different ways. Many people now have blogs, online magazines, food rating sites anything that allows you to voice your opinion. Social media can also take the form of something that helps the community, if you recall in 2014, the ALS ice bucket challenge swept the nation trying to raise money for ALS syndrome. After about a year and half later, having celebrities, sports icons, and even President Obama participate in this challenge, they raised 15.6 million dollars to go towards a cure for ALS. Social media can also be used in hostile situations. In the Paris attacks in November of 2015, people were taking to twitter to save lives. Tweets were sent out containing an address in Paris where people could hide from the attackers. #ouvrelaporte was used to signal that that house was safe to stay in. That hashtag saved a number of peoples lives. Nowadays social media is used for so much more than some people like to believe. It is -for the most part- being used safely and responsibly. So I beg you, next time you think about social media, stay away from the negative side, and look at the bright side, it is helping so many people grow businesses, raise awareness for causes, and in some cases, keep people alive.