While social media has its benefits, we can all agree that it does come with its own risks and drawbacks too. Look at how the intensely curated existence people put out on Instagram is affecting young people, among other things. But this doesn’t negate any of the benefits.

In fact, for many, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks, and it’s becoming more and more difficult for people to live life without social media. It’s almost like soon, the phrase “living under a rock” is going to be replaced by “living without social media”.

In a world like this, we understand that understanding social media is the need of the hour. This is why we put together this small and easy guide, just for you!

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Security Concerns? We can Help

One of the biggest myths about social media is that there’s no privacy on it. While there are many concerns about how the companies use and access our data, it’s little more than speculation at this point. On the other hand, you have total control over how much you share with other people, and can even opt for not sharing anything at all!

Things like two-factor authentication – which will require a unique code from your mobile phone every time you sign up – and strong passwords are only some of the things that can make your social media impossible to access through shady means.

You can even change the privacy settings on your profiles (your own “page” on the social media app that you use) and decide whether the things you put up will only be visible to your friends, or to everyone. That, and you also have total control over who your friends on social media are.

Do You Need to Put Up Any Content?

You can, but you don’t need to. But if you choose to do it, you might be pleasantly surprised. We suggest that you start small by sharing content with your friends, get the hang of it, and then go public with your photos and posts.

You can also have a relative or a grandchild who you’re close with help manage social media, and there are a lot of people who would value the wisdom and advice you have to offer.

But before you start worrying about how to remove shine from your photos, keep in mind that social media can also take a toll on your mental health, and many times the good comes with the bad.

How to Make a Profile

Making a profile on social media is designed to be easy, fast, and simple. All you need for most is an email address or a phone number and a password. Your password needs to be hard for anyone to figure out, but also easy for you to remember. It’s also smart to use different passwords for different social media accounts.

You also have the option of using your Facebook login details to log into any other social media, but you’ll need to be signed in to your Facebook account on your device or computer for it to work.

Once your social media account is up and running, you’re ready for the fun part. which will require a unique code from your mobile phone every time you sign up – and strong passwords are only some of the things that can make your social media impossible to access through shady means.

It’s All Set

At first, you’ll need to follow a bunch of pages and influencers that interest you. From celebrities to news channels to meme accounts, almost everything is just one click away.

Once social media algorithms know what your interests are, you’ll be recommended pages and accounts to follow automatically – if you want to.

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