I am torn; there are some good aspects, like when we collectively voice to brands that a shade range is poorly done or that we see through misogynistic and pandering marketing campaigns, because our voices are louder together and it’s easier to tweet than it is to write a letter into corporate. The former also alerts news publications or larger influencers/celebrities and can get them involved, regardless of whether it’s on a surface only or because it’s a genuine issue for them. I do think it humanizes people and gives fans access to people (from actors to scientists to artists) and can help build more connections to each other. It is also a great way to share behind-the-scenes information, ask questions, and interact with people that are similar to us or that we admire that we can’t in person.
On the other hand, much of social media, particularly the image-based platforms, reinforces the idea that we selectively share only the very best parts of our lives. Even when we see “real life” sharing, it can sometimes feel as curated as the good stuff. There is also wide use of filters and editing, which I have conflicting feelings on.