Social Media’s Influence on Society

By now, we are all aware that social media has had a massive impact on our culture and in business. Social media websites are some of the most popular websites and apps on the Internet. They have changed the way people communicate and socialize on the Web.

However, aside from seeing your friends’ new pet on Facebook, or reading about someone whose famous on Twitter, what are some of the real impacts, both positive and negative, that social media has had on our society?

Here is a closer look at the effect of social media on business, socialization as well as some of the negative effects such as cyber bullying and privacy.

Impact on Business

Companies are using social media to advertise and, build customer loyalty. Interactions and feedback from customers help businesses to improve and grow with society. A lot of companies have contests and give away prizes to encourage consumers to visit their social website page more often. Compared to television advertisements and other expensive forms of marketing, social media presence is a cheap and effective means to enhance their brand and its popularity.

Effect on Socialization

Social networks offer the opportunity for people to re-connect with their old friends and meet new people, share ideas, content and pictures. Professionals use social media sites like LinkedIn to enhance their career and business footprint. Students can collaborate with their peers to improve their academic knowledge and communication skills. You can learn about different cultures and societies by connecting with people in other countries.

Negative Effects of Social Media

Unfortunately, there are a few downsides too to social networking. Many introverts and antisocial users place too much attention on virtual interaction, and ignore the real world outside.

Cyber Bullying and Online Harassment

If you are not careful, dishonest people can target you for cyber bullying and harassment on social sites. School children, young girls, and women can fall prey to online attacks which can create tension and distress. Elderly people can also be taken advantage of in scams for money if they are not careful with their emails.

Although Social Media has greatly improved our culture and knowledge, it has also created a place to bully and mislead people to the truth. We should always look at things on the internet as a learning tool but know that some may distort the truth to their own benefits.

Pet Technology

Pet technology has come a long way to help us protect and care for our pets as well as make our lives a bit easier and a bit more stress free. Below are 6 examples of pet technology that help us and our pets.

Sometimes our pets escape and run away from home and we panic. They could get lost, hurt or even stolen and we worry. They now how pet GPS trackers that can clip onto collars or are themselves a collar. Some companies have apps on your phone so you can always track your pets location.

Another handy tool for people who worry about their pet while they are away from home for work or travel they have pet video monitors. With these again most companies use an app so you can always check up on your pet at home anytime to see what they are up to.

For those pets that like to steal food from the other pets dish some dishes come with a chip you stick on your pets collar. This way only that pet can access the food which helps with over eating or underrating due to food being stollen by the other pet.

For people who live out of town or who’s yards aren’t fenced there are wireless fence options. They use a transmitter that omits a signal of a specific distance but the perk is you can bring the device anywhere and move the location. The pet wears a collar that beeps at the pet to warn them they are starting to reach the limit if they pass it they get a small shock.

If you have a cat you know they are very finicky with their littler boxes. They need to be kept clean very regularly or they may start to go outside the box. They have a fix for that now if you don’t want to do it all the time you can buy a self scooping litter box for your pet.

For people with dogs who bark too much they have options for you as well. You can buy collars that beep, vibrate, spay an unwanted scent or shock when your dog barks to help correct the behaviour and keep you and your neighbours happy.

I hope you found some good options for pet technologies that are available to you. This can give some pet owners a peace of mind knowing their pets are safe and happy.

Streaming services in Canada

Netflix started streaming movies and TV shows in Canada in 2010. This soon became very popular and the reason people love streaming so much is it’s a lot more affordable than cable. Netflix grew so fast they started producing Netflix original TV shows and movies in 2011. Netflix led the way for other websites to start streaming services, giving us more options to stream TV and movies. 

Crackle is small in comparison to Netflix but it’s completely free. With no montly fee there is really no reason not to check it out. It’s mainly a way to watch cult classics as it has a wide variety of older movies and tv shows. While it doesn’t have a lot for current media, you’ll still find plenty to watch, especially when you don’t want to spend anything.

Shomi is more comparable to Netflix with thousands of TV shows, movies and its collections which are better than Netflix’s recommendations feature because they reflect moods and moments as well. They have hit TV shows and the classics you love plus movies for every occasion. The subscription is $8.99 per month after a one month free trial and is also available through a few cable bundles like Rogers and Shaw.

Amazon Prime isn’t just a streaming service, but you’ll still find plenty to watch. It’s considered one of the top streaming sites alongside Hulu and Netflix because of its extensive collection. Amazon also has a collection of it’s own original series. You will get ads on the site but can pay a small fee to be rid of them. What sets them apart is you get two day shipping, music streaming, photo storage, kindle ebooks, and more with your yearly fee of $99.00.

Crave TV recently became a stand-alone streaming site in 2016 and is mainly TV shows as opposed to movies. Some TV providers also have Crave TV as part of their service. They also have HBO and Showtime programming. Their service starts at $7.99 after a month free trial.

Hulu is one of Netflix’s number one competitors as the service offers current seasons of popular TV shows with most being available to you within 24 hours of being released on TV. The basic service starts at $7.99 per month and includes commercials which may be the biggest downside to the service. You can get commercial free for $11.99 a month.