Like any other 21st century phenomenon, mass communication has disguised itself as a double-edged sword that has crawled its way deep into our life. Going back to the very definition of social media, it essentially conveys the idea of sharing information with a wide group of people. The advent of mass communication can be traced back to the advent of the printing presses which facilitated the ease which information can be circulated amongst people. With the introduction of TV now events could be broadcasted visually and open up a new avenue of exposure to events all around the world. And perhaps the biggest revolution of all can be said to have come from the development of the internet, which made information sharing accessible at the tips of our very fingers.
Keeping aside the ease of information sharing and the vast outreach that social media has provided; it has its share of disadvantages too as well. One of the biggest issues that many psychologists point out is the atmosphere of individualism that creates. People tend to create a bubble within which they get entrapped, spending hours and hours streaming content on the internet or television, and have helped to isolate people from the real world. This has impacted the way people socialize with each other, has also helped to sever the ties between humans and relationships tend to get strained. Sensitive content is a major issue that comes to content spread all over the media; children are often exposed to these inappropriate contents which leave an extremely negative and long-lasting effect on their impressionable minds. When it comes to newspapers, the difficulty lies in the aspect that most newspapers are geographically rather selective and this restricts the amount of information that they can convey.
Also, the number of fraud and catfishing cases has been on the rise all over the internet. Imposters find it easy to pretend and post false information with no means of verifying the authenticity of their claims. Hacking is another major problem that can be associated with this. Another disadvantage of mass communication is the propaganda of spreading false information all over the sphere of communication. And most often the news that’s once out is extremely difficult to contain and sometimes the damage that it wrecks can be extreme. Privacy is a growing concern that many have attributed to mass media in the past couple of years. It has become extremely easy to breach one’s personal space and put it out for the entire world to see. This often poses a threat to the person in the picture as people swayed by the news and emotions often take drastic steps. Lastly propagation of anti-nationalist sentiments and other problematic issues like sex, violence, and drugs. These are widely spread out all over the world, and the very worst aspect is them being portrayed as an exceedingly glamorous way of life. Thus it can be safe to assume that mass media might be more dangerous for our growing populace of youth that one might have thought.