Each year I give a number of social media presentations. While the audience often varies, the purpose of each talk is the same – Social Media is a powerful tool for the good if we use it.

I’ve given the talk to high school teachers, teenagers, parents, and college women. The younger generation is all for using social media. They often have multiple accounts on the various platforms. The parents and teachers often voice the opposite opinions. They find social media as a colossal waste of time. They believe it ruins friendships and redefines relationships for the worse. And on and on.

I’ll admit it can be these things and more. But it can be so good too! After all, social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, are all just tools. And the good or bad of a tool is based not on the thing itself but how it is used. The mere existence of social media is neither good nor bad. It is what we do with it.

The next few weeks, Tiger Print will focus on the positives of Social Media. I’ll try to share some of my personal experiences and the things that have truly made a difference in the world or in a community thanks to the use of this new form of communication. I’ll basically give my social media presentation through blog posts.

Off the top of my head here are some of the immediate goods I can name when it comes to social media. I’ll expound on each of these in the days ahead.

  • Promote human understanding and solidarity.
  • Maintain contact across great distances.
  • Easier access to research material, original documents, good literature.
  • Allows for dynamic forms of learning and collaborating.
  • Shows the desire for communication and friendship that we have by nature.
  • Opportunities to evangelize; spread a message.
  • Chance to connect with people we would have never known.
  • Gives the ability to right wrongs.
  • Forum for discussing truth.

I welcome your comments about social media – the good, the bad, the ugly. And I hope by the end of the series that you will find at least one way in which you can use social media for the good.

Katie Hinderer

Katie Hinderer is a freelance writer and social media enthusiast. She holds a degree in Journalism from Marquette University. Over the years she has transitioned from traditional publishing...