What is your opinion on social media?
"We are learning to make smart decisions by evaluating influences in all forms of media."
Social media platforms like TikTok, Twitter, and Instagram allow people to share information quickly and easily. Traditional media like newspapers, radio, and television tend to reach a larger audience and can be more influential. Both types of media can shape people's beliefs, opinions, and behaviours.
How Social and Traditional Media Affects People
Traditional Media: Refers to media outlets such as newspaper, radio, and television that have been around for many years. It is a one-way communication process in which the audience receives information without having the ability to respond. Social Media: Refers to online tools and platforms that allow users to interact, communicate, and share content with each other. It is a two-way communication process in which users can respond and interact with each other. Influence: Refers to how traditional and social media can affect how people think, act, and feel. It can be used to shape opinions and attitudes, as well as to provide information and entertainment.
Social media has been linked to an increase in mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Traditional media has been found to reduce stress levels in individuals. The average person spends around 3 hours a day on social media.
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Work together in pairs: What is one way that you can make smart decisions when evaluating the messages from social media and traditional media?
How do you think social media and traditional media influence people's opinions and beliefs?
Work together in pairs: What are some ways that traditional media and social media can both be used to positively influence people?
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Which of the following is a characteristic of social media?
- Instantaneous communication
- Passive engagement
- Limited reach
What is a common feature of traditional media?
- Editorial control
- Real-time updates
- User-generated content
How does social media influence consumer behavior?
- By promoting offline shopping experiences
- By limiting access to information
- By providing product recommendations and reviews
Which of the following statements is true about the impact of traditional media on society?
- It promotes individuality and independent thinking
- It only caters to niche audiences with specific interests
- It has a wide audience reach and influences public opinion
What is an advantage of social media over traditional media?
- Interactive and two-way communication
- Limited accessibility to global users
- Strict editorial control