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Thought-Provoking Social Media Quotes

From MySpace to Instagram, social media has rapidly grown in popularity over the past twenty years.

At Everyday Power, we have curated these social media quotes about the good, the bad, and the ugly of online social platforms. 

What’s your favorite social media platform?

Using social media comes with positives as well as negatives. On one hand, social media can connect you to new opportunities both personally and professionally.

You can also use your platform to create positive change in your community.

On the other hand, it’s easy to be confused by false information on social media. Just as positivity can be spread quickly on social media, negativity can be spread quickly as well.

Check out the social media quotes and sayings below to learn how musicians, actors, and other prominent figures feel about social media platforms. 

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Negative social media quotes 

1. “Social media is not a safe space.” – Tarana Burke

Social Media Quotes about safe space

2. “You learn the hard way. That’s the thing with social media. Nobody knows what they’re doing.” – Cameron Dallas

Social Media Quotes about learning

3. “I think there should be regulations on social media to the degree that it negatively affects the public good.” Elon Musk

Social Media Quotes about regulations

4. “There’s so much negativity on social media, I don’t want to add to that.” Shawn Mendes

Social Media Quotes about negativity

5. “I’m very hands-on about social media. That’s my voice.” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Social Media Quotes and sayings

6. “I am a huge advocate for anti-bullying in our youth. What I have seen with the rise of social media is that children are not facing bullying on a playground, they are facing it on their cell phones.” – Whitney Wolfe Herd

7. “When it comes to social media, there are just times I turn off the world, you know. There are just sometimes you have to give yourself space to be quiet, which means you’ve got to set those phones down.” Michelle Obama

8. “I feel social media can be very distracting, unhealthy, and harmful to one’s self-confidence. I don’t even log on to it on my phone except when I post something on Instagram.” – Rupi Kaur

9. “I feel social media can be very distracting, unhealthy, and harmful to one’s self-confidence. I don’t even log on to it on my phone except when I post something on Instagram.” – Pat McAfee

10. “Our attention spans have been reduced by the immediate gratification provided by smartphones and social media.” – Katherine Ryan

11. “Everyone’s like sheep on social media; like, one person starts making noise, and everyone’s like, ‘Hey, yeah!’ and then you got a whole bunch of people making noise at you.” – Earl Sweatshirt

General social media quotes

12. “Social media has taken over in America to such an extreme that to get my own kids to look back a week in their history is a miracle, let alone 100 years.” – Steven Spielberg

13. “You don’t need to go far to see the hatred and abuse that happens online. Even using social media is anti-social because people are always on their phones.” – Ronny Chieng

14. “Social media has given us this idea that we should all have a posse of friends when in reality, if we have one or two really good friends, we are lucky.” – Brene Brown

15. “In general, we’re a social network. I prefer that because I think it is focused on the people part of it – as opposed to some people call it social media, which I think focuses more on the content.” Mark Zuckerberg

16. “Much of social media can be seen as the ‘News of me.’ It’s not so much a platform for connecting and sharing as it is a platform for advertising the idea of yourself you want to portray to others: the image of yourself you want to project.” – Hozier

17. “People are scared to have a strong opinion because, with social media, almost everyone lives the life of a celebrity.” – Yungblud

18. “Social media is called social media for a reason. It lends itself to sharing rather than horn-tooting.” – Margaret Atwood

19. “The future is in photos for social media. More and more people are not reading, so I try to attach a photo to most Tweets.” – Tyra Banks

20. “I would deactivate every single comment on any social media. You should be able to post what you want, say what you want, be what you want without anybody judging you.” – Selena Gomez

21. “People are always telling you you’re done. Someone’s always telling you that, especially now in the day of social media.” – Billy Crystal

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22. “I had become obsessed with the control-freak aspect of photography and with the rising importance of the image in our social media age it ended up working.” – Cole Sprouse

23. “Social media is an advertisement for the superficial extroverted self.” – Hozier

24. “I’m trying to embrace social media because it gives artists a little more power than we’ve had in the past.” – Billy Porter

25. “99.5 percent of the people that walk around and say they are a social media expert or guru are clowns. We are going to live through a devastating social media bubble.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

26. “Social media is awesome because I can somewhat paint myself the way I want people to see me.” – Kevin Abstract

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Social media quotes about the impact

27. “What is interesting is the power and the impact of social media… So we must try to use social media in a good way.” – Malala Yousafzai

28. “Social media has definitely revolutionized or transformed the world of pageantry, and not just pageantry, but any social cause that we like to lend our voice to, how we inform each other, how we connect.” – Catriona Gray

29. “I give big ups to people who are very big on social media, whether they’re doing vlogs or whatever. It takes a lot of effort.” – Shawn Mendes

30. “Everyone is living for everyone else now. They’re doing stuff so they can tell other people about it. I don’t get all that social media stuff, I’ve always got other things I want to do – odd jobs around the house. No one wants to hear about that.” – Karl Pilkington 

31. “Any post I do on social media, any song, anything in general – I just try to promote positivity, because I felt like there’s not enough positivity going around in the world.” – Lil Yachty

32. “I’m not sure whether it’s going to be the downfall of Rome – social media. There are too many secrets.” – Judy Sheindlin

33. “There are things that people say that hurt my feelings or whatever, especially with social media right now. It can be the most amazing thing, and it can also be the most negative and detrimental thing.” – Zendaya

34. “Independent content these days can be more successful than previously because of the power of social media. However, there are still systems in place to make sure independent artists don’t get as far as signed ones.” – Lilly Singh

35. “Everybody wants to be a celebrity, which is why we have this phenomenon of social media, where nobody wants to be private. We all want to be seen.” – Marc Jacobs

36. “I don’t blame people or ‘pop stars’ or whatever for being so quiet, but you can’t take it too seriously, especially on social media. It’s a very hard thing to be yourself, especially when people are watching, so I don’t blame them for being a bit reserved.” – Lewis Capaldi

37. “It’s weird how much social media affects someone’s career. Deals and jobs are sometimes based off how many followers you have, which is a little sad. I would rather that not be the case, but I understand that it’s important.” – Lili Reinhart

Social media quotes about information

38. “The information you get from social media is not a substitute for academic discipline at all.” – Bill Nye

39. “The kids are fixing their eyes on social media, and the stories they’re looking at may not be the most important things. I’m guilty of that, too. Do you want to look at Instagram or the news? It’s a difficult, and weird, situation.” – Selena Gomez

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40. “The thought that so many people get their news from social media really is scary.” – Rush Limbaugh

41. “It’s amazing how much information we share in social media, then we wonder why people steal our identity.” – Frank Abagnale

42. “I hear the same anxieties over and over again. Everything is too fast; everything is too precarious. We have more access than ever to the people we are trying to reach, thanks to social media and mobile technology, and more information than we know what to do with.” – Anna Wintour

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43. “Today, when you look at social media, you see that the narrative can be overtaken by people just from Twitter and Instagram. I know when Ferguson was going down those first few nights, I was watching feeds on the ground on Twitter, not CNN.” – Ava DuVernay

44. “Smartphones and social media expand our universe. We can connect with others or collect information easier and faster than ever.” – Daniel Goleman

45. “Examining your behavior on social media could give you insight into your own personality as well as how others perceive you. You may think you’re presenting yourself in a certain light, only to discover other people view your behavior completely different.” – Amy Morin

46. “When you’re trying to bust through the noise on social media, you do have to be overt and loud.” – Shaun King

Social media quotes about making personal connections

47. “It’s dope to be an artist and to have that wall of separation, but also I feel like social media is there for what it’s there for. I have a group chat with about 40 fans who I communicate with on the regular.” – 6lack

48. “Much of social media can be seen as the ‘News of me.’ It’s not so much a platform for connecting and sharing as it is a platform for advertising the idea of yourself you want to portray to others: the image of yourself you want to project.” – Narendra Modi

49. “A lot of people use social media to share mundane things or for self-glorification. I try to use it to share interesting things with people.” – Ashton Kutcher

50. “Reaching out to other people is important work. I am so pleased and honored that I’m getting the attention from the young people on social media. It’s been missing.” – Maxine Waters

51. “A good life depends on the strength of our relationships with family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and strangers.” – David Lammy

52. “The good life is built with good relationships.” – Robert J. Waldinger

53. “The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.” – Carl Rogers
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More Social media quotes

54. “My dream is to live a good life and be loving, be close to God and be a good human being and bring peace to people.” – Ziggy Marley

55. “There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning.” – Christopher Morley

56. “Mellow doesn’t always make for a good story, but it makes for a good life.” – Anne Hathaway

57. “Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.” – Joseph Addison

58. “To be a good director, you have to have good life experience. I’m getting there.” – Thomas Brodie-Sangster

59. “Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.” – Socrates

60. “I think I should learn French and be a better cook – basic, really good life stuff.” – Angelina Jolie

Social media quotes to keep in mind as your scroll through

61. “It takes discipline not to let social media steal your time.” — Alexis Ohanian

62. “The power of social media is it forces necessary change.” — Erik Qualman

63. “Technology and social media have brought power back to the people.” — Mark McKinnon

64. “There are positive things that come of social media as well as negative.” — Millie Bobby Brown

65. “The great thing about social media was how it gave a voice to voiceless people.” — Jon Ronson

66. “Social media is reducing social barriers. It connects people on the strength of human values, not identities.” — Narendra Modi

67. “Social media is an amazing tool, but it’s really the face-to-face interaction that makes a long-term impact.” — Felicia Day

68. “The more social media we have, the more we think we’re connecting, yet we are really disconnecting from each other.” — JR

69. “Using social media to hurt and destroy is callous, acted out by cowards hiding behind computers. My advice is to ignore negativity. Focus on the love around.” — Martin Garrix

70. “Everyone is comparing lives on social media and wants the perfect body, perfect image, perfect outfit, perfect life – we’re striving for this perfection, and it’s so unhealthy because there’s no such thing as perfection.” — Emily Atack

Social Media Quotes from Influencers

71. “Social media allows big companies to act small again” Jay Baer

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72. “You can never go wrong by investing in communities and the human beings within them.” – Pam Moore

73. “People want to do business with you because you help them get what they want. They don’t do business with you to help you get what you want.” – Don Crowther

74. “If you make customers unhappy in the physical world, they might each tell 6 friends. If you make customers unhappy on the Internet, they can each tell 6,000 friends.” Jeff Bezos

75. “Engage, Enlighten, Encourage and especially…just be yourself! Social media is a community effort, everyone is an asset.” – Susan Cooper

76. “Pushing a company agenda on social media is like throwing water balloons at a porcupine.” Erik Qualman

77. “Social media is about sociology and psychology more than technology.” – Brian Solis

78. “Social media is not just an activity; it is an investment of valuable time and resources. Surround yourself with people who not just support you and stay with you, but inform your thinking about ways to WOW your online presence” – Sean Gardner

79. “We have technology, finally, that for the first time in human history allows people to really maintain rich connections with much larger numbers of people.” – Pierre Omidyar

80. “Successful companies in social media function more like entertainment companies, publishers, or party planners than as traditional advertisers.” – Erik Qualman

Social media quotes on why it can be good, bad, and ugly

81. “You are what you share.” – Charles W. Leadbeater

82. “If you don’t like pictures of animal cruelty being posted on social media, you need to help stop the cruelty, not the pictures. You should be bothered that its happening, not that you saw it.” – Marie Sarantakis

83. “People get addicted to feeling offended all the time because it gives them a high; being self-righteous and morally superior feels good.” – Mark Manson

84. “How different would people act if they couldn’t show off on social media? Would they still do it?” – Donna Lynn Hope

85. “Social media gives legions of idiots the right to speak when they once only spoke at a bar after a glass of wine, without harming the community … but now they have the same right to speak as a Nobel Prize winner. It’s the invasion of the idiots” – Umberto Eco

86. “These days, in the world of apps and social media and … idiot friends, it is literally impossible to avoid spoilers. If a character dies, it is gonna be the number one trending topic on Twitter, it is gonna be the top trending story on Facebook — and Reddit and Tumblr just turn into a completely uncensored memorial service of memes.” – Daniel Howell

87. “I have said that propaganda, misinformation, and disinformation have always been part of political warfare. Social media and other new platforms have given it a new life and reach through which the fake news phenomenon can reach everywhere.” – Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

88. “Social media is not about the exploitation of technology but service to community.” – Simon Mainwaring

89. “Social media is changing the way we communicate and the way we are perceived, both positively and negatively. Every time you post a photo, or update your status, you are contributing to your own digital footprint and personal brand.” – Amy Jo Martin

90. “Social media is something of a double-edged sword. At its best, social media offers unprecedented opportunities for marginalized people to speak and bring much needed attention to the issues they face. At its worst, social media also offers ‘everyone’ an unprecedented opportunity to share in collective outrage without reflection.” – Roxane Gay

Do you spend too much time on social media? 

Just as Mark Twain once said, “too much of anything is bad.” This is especially true with social media.

If you are a regular social media user, consider trying a social media detox. Pick a timespan that works well for your schedule, whether it is a day or 30 days. 

Turn off all your social media notifications from your phone and delete any apps. There are also many browser extensions available to block certain websites, including Freedom and Self Control. 

A social media detox may bring you many positive benefits including increased productivity and mental clarity. 

Did we forget any of your favorite social media quotes and sayings? Let us know your thoughts on our collection in the comments section below!

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