A Pew Research poll shows that most Americans believe social media has damaged our politics and society. To the people who have paid attention to political discussions on Facebook and Twitter, this is not surprising. But can there be a solution?
Most Americans Believe Social Media Has Negative Impact
Most on both sides of the political divide viewed social media as a negative influence on society. But only 53% of Democrats thought so compared to 78% of Republicans.
What’s Wrong With Social Media?
Those who believed that social media is a force for good say that it allows more people to connect with one another and helps people to stay informed. These are also important elements in this equation — but the fact remains that, to most Americans, the bad outweighs the good.