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Published On: Mon, Jun 15th, 2020

Social Media: A tool for personal development

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By Abdulrasheed Hammad

In any profession that you belong to or skill you possess, you can develop yourself through social media by using it effectively instead of wasting all your time to watch uneducated videos, unnecessary chatting, you can actually gain a lot if you use your social media accounts effectively.
For the purpose of doing justice to this topic, it’s absolutely necessary to conceptualize the keywords in this topic which are: Social Media and Personal Development. what is Social Media? Social media is a form of electronic communication such as Web sites for social networking and micro-blogging through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (as videos).
While Personal Development is the process of improving oneself through such activities as enhancing employment skills, increasing consciousness, and building wealth.
We have different types of people who are using social media around the world and each set of people has different aims and objectives why they are on social media. Some are on social media for the purpose of getting pleasure and meet new people around the world and some are there to scam and dupe innocent people. Another set of people are there to hunt for ladies/men on social media.
Even though there are a lot of disadvantages attached to social media but it depends on how you use it, whether you want to use it for your own personal development or otherwise.
But what people don’t understand is that social media can be used to develop one’s skill and can also serve as machinery for personal development. As a writer who has the intention to improve and develop their writing prowess can choose to be writing keep writing and upload it on social media or send it to the different links to publish it on blog or the national newspapers.
The same thing happens to a person who aspires to be a public speaker, social media can serve as a way to overcome these challenges by devoting time to watch different videos on social media and read different articles on the concept of glossophobia in order to overcome the fear of public speaking this shows how we can actually use social media to overcome this problem.
Everything has been digitalized in this our contemporary world to the extent that people are organizing seminars, orientation, training on social media such as Whatsapp, telegram e.t.c in different fields and profession of human beings and this is among the way in which the social media can be used to ensure personal development.
As a campus reporter, I have gained a lot of experience on social media in order to improve my ways of writing reports by reading different news reports and articles on social media which has immensely contributed to developing my writing prowess in both articles and in a writing news report.
Furthermore, promotion of business and goods on social media to create awareness and to get more customers around the world which is one of the ways to develop one’s business to meet up with the 21st-century standard. Social Media would allow you to ask questions, learn useful things, and share different things that will benefit your network.
You can share your ideas with your friends on social media and share your achievement in order to motivate you and others to develop one’s self through your experience. Social media will help you to conduct your research in your room through the use of social media and expose you to some positive materials that will help you in your profession or skill.
As a Law Student, I have devoted my time to do extra research through the use of social media and to download some PDFs that will surely improve my knowledge in law and procedure. There are some sites or blogs that were created to make your research easily without traveling miles to get the knowledge you want to get and this has also helped the final year students to do their empirical research while writing projects.
In any profession that you belong to or skill you possess, you can develop yourself through social media by using it effectively instead of wasting all your time to watch uneducated videos, unnecessary chatting, you can actually gain a lot if you use your social media accounts effectively.
You can see different ideas that will promote your business and enlighten you on the way you can invest in an online business or buying shares in a company that is free from any form of fraudulence, that will improve you and get more gain on social media. For example, Jumia is using social media to advertise her goods in all parts of the world to the extent that you can order for goods for delivery at your doorsteps without getting out of your room and this has actually made their business go smoothly and increased their market.
Lastly, even though, there are many shortcomings attached to social media but the advantages are more than it’s a disadvantage and it’s within your power to choose either of the two, it’s either to use it for your personal development or use it for the other way but it’s better you choose the former. If you actually want to develop yourself through social media, you need to be ready to search for knowledge to improve yourself, benefit, and contribute your impact towards developing others by inculcating the knowledge you have to benefit and to improve others around the globe.
Abdulrasheed Hammad is a 300-Level student of Law at Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, he is an avid reader, a passionate writer.

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