Social media is an integral part of our lives. We use these platforms to express ourselves, connect with friends, find love, follow politics, relate with others, and understand the world around us. Social media literacy includes the skills and awareness required to engage with social media safely, make sound judgments online, identify fake news and bad actors, and avoid being swayed by misinformation.
Technology has empowered us in ways that were unimaginable twenty years ago. Social media has enabled us to easily keep in touch with friends, learn from people regardless of where they are, and persuade and influence others. We are not just consumers but content creators, distributors, editors, re-mixers, opinion makers, and journalists. Our mobile devices and fast internet access have made it easy to share pictures, comments, and likes quickly.
What is Social Media Literacy?
With great power comes great responsibility. Unfortunately, some people, organizations, and governments abuse this power to further their manipulative messages. More than ever, it is vital to know the creator, the purpose, and the authenticity of social media posts. Social Media Literacy is an essential skill for the 21st Century.
We are not just passive consumers of media anymore. We also create and distribute content. As a result, we might unknowingly spread harmful messages. How do we ensure we don’t empower bad actors? How do we identify fake news? How do we develop greater awareness of social media and not give in to manipulation? Do we know the impact social media has on our mental health?
The Talent Transformation Social Media Literacy quiz helps you answer these questions. Taking this quiz will help you help you understand:
The technologies and techniques used by social media platforms to keep you online
Myths and facts about social media
Key social media trends
Some uncomfortable truths
Social media is not all bad. It can help us expand our minds and our understanding. You can use social media constructively if you develop your social media literacy and become part of the solution.
With Talent Transformation’s Social Media Literacy quiz, we hope to reveal insights that can help you use social media as a force for good. In addition, we’ve created some tips for making the best of your social media experience. We’ll also help you resist clickbait and the algorithms designed to manipulate you.
It’s a good idea to understand what supports our behaviors on social media.
What is the basis for this quiz?
This Talent Transformation quiz is based on secondary research on the use and impact of social media. Some names of social media and digital platforms —Twitter, Facebook, Google, Gmail, WhatsApp, Snapchat, and Pinterest — were referenced by our research and so appear in the quiz.
Why should I take this quiz?
As with any journey, knowing where you are helps you get where you want to go. This quiz will help you self-assess your levels of competence on the topics of social media use, its impact, and and future trends. By answering questions, you will appreciate the skills required to use social media effectively. And the social media literacy guidance report will provide deeper insights to help you set goals and plan to build your skills.
When should I take this quiz?
Now! Given the dramatic changes in the digital world, you need to regularly prepare for new learning experiences. Awareness and mastery of social media literacy skills hold the key to well-informed, safe, and healthy use of social media platforms. Evaluating your readiness, honing new skills, and sharpening the existing skills will help you engage and enjoy the benefits of social media.