Social media has become a major part of life, but the controversy is, whether it has a positive or negative impact on society. As this topic is timely relevant, there has been many research and studies, as well as people have formed various opinions about it. Some people see it as a form of entertainment, a medium that allows rapid communication, and a virtual place where they can share the best moments of their lives. Others argue that it is toxic, distracting, and “a disease that seems to have infected the entire generation and the subsequent generations” (Nestor, 2016, para 1). Nonetheless, a wide variety of individuals, from children, adolescents, and adults are attracted to it. Although it can be a valuable tool, it is extremely damaging that the risks outweigh the benefits. The use of social media is harmful and destructive, for it can lead to cyberbullying, isolation, low productivity, and loss of privacy. To begin with, social media enables cyberbullying, which has many negative effects on an individual’s health, including depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services (2017), “the most common places where cyberbullying occurs are: Social Media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter” (para. 2). Unlike traditional face-to-face bullies, cyberbullies are anonymous and online. This is even more damaging, because victims may feel threatened, anxious, and unsafe since they do not know who is behind the keyboard. In these networking sites, cyberbullies can easily post hurtful, private, and public information about someone. This produces feelings of depression, shame, and distress. Then, social media allows information to spread quickly. Regardless if the content being shared is factual or false, many people will see it, which can lower the victim’s self-esteem because of humiliation. Secondly, the use social media leads to isolation, because it makes people spend less time interacting face-to-face. “Based on a nationwide survey of more than 1,700 young adults, researchers found that individuals who were the heaviest users of social media were two to three times more likely to feel socially isolated than those who used little to no social media” (Collins, 2017, para. 2). For instance, when people see their family and friends’ photos or statuses on online, they assume that they do not have to be genuinely involved with them. They do not ask or update them about their lives, because online, people are able to access, and witness what is happening in people’s lives. Also, social media sites claim to connect people. Actually, it can connect people, but these connections are weak. In order to form real bonds, physical presence is important to feel closeness, passion and intimacy. People who are addicted to social media are constantly online even when they are walking and driving. The most common case today is when people are still on social media even when spending time with loved ones. Moreover, social media hinders productivity in everyday life and in the workplace. Some people use social media to pass time, but for others, social media is distracting them from their own time. In school, there are students who are constantly on their phones to check their social media accounts. Though it can be helpful to stay updated with other students, it is still not effective because most teens do not use it for that matter. Plus, even if time management and moderation is enforced, it will still hinder efficiency because moderation is almost nonexistent today. In fact, a study shows that “Students who used social networking sites while studying scored 20% lower on tests and students who used social media had an average GPA of 3.06 versus non-users who had an average GPA of 3.82” (Kirschner & Karpinski, 2010, para. 6). This proves that social media is a form of distraction. It lowers grades and slows down academic performance, because instead of studying or listening, students are caught up on their phones. In the workplace, social media can be helpful for advertisement and recognition, but it still interferes with productivity levels when some employees take advantage of it. Also, when employees are addicted, they often use and check their phones, which then interrupts with how much they get done. Lastly, using social media results in loss of privacy, because information shared online is publicized. This can attract online predators and stalkers. “Social media use makes it easy to disguise one’s personality, so pedophiles and criminals may look for their victims online” (Gilbert, 2017, p. 1). For example, when information is shared online, it can be accessed anytime and by anyone. Even worse, people are friends with strangers or people they barely know. In this case, they either add strangers or they accept friend requests from them. Some people share really personal information, including their email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers, and credit cards information. Other users can also post personal photos, whether it be their license plate numbers or nudity. Then, stalkers and predators can use this information, to look for the victim and cause harm. Even if security or identity confirmation online can be improved, it is still not safe, and is not reliable enough to be trusted. Especially because everything posted online is permanent even when deleted. After all, is social media really that social? It allows people to torment and humiliate others while hiding behind their keyboards, drives families and friends apart, hinders productivity levels, and allows stalkers and predators means of finding victims. Unfortunately, it has become an essential part of life; therefore, it is evolving, and it may not perish. In this digital age, where almost everyone has access to networking sites, it is important to be aware of how powerful, influential, and destructive social media is. Just like life, social media has its ups and downs. It is what people make of it, so make the best of it, and use it with utmost caution at all times.