4 benefits of social media

Used well, social media can have rewarding social benefits. For many, it’s an easy way to stay in touch with family and friends. Studies have shown other positives, too:

  • It can encourage us to empathize with other people and their points of view. It’s easy to help and comfort other people or share resources there. These are prosocial, beneficial behaviors.
  • Social media can bring like-minded people together. Sometimes we feel as if we have little in common with our immediate family and community. Finding groups of people online with common interests and identities can be a haven.
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