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Thought-Provoking Social Media Quotes

These social media quotes are about online social platforms’ good, bad, and ugly. 

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

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What are the benefits of reading these social media quotes?

Using social media comes with positives and negatives.

On one hand, social media can connect you to new:

  • friends and old acquaintances
  • possible professional leads and connections
  • products to purchase

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

It’s easy to be confused by false information on social media.

Just as we can spread positivity on social media, negativity can also spread quickly.

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

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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

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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

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

Social Media Quotes about negativity

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

Social Media Quotes and sayings

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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

Social Media Quotes About Bullying

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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

Social Media Quotes About quiet time

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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

Social Media Quotes About confidence

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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

Social Media Quotes About Distraction

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

Social Media Quotes About Attention

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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

Social Media Quotes About Noise

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

Social Media Quotes About Attention

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

Social Media Quotes About Abuse

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

Social Media Quotes About Friends

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

Social Media Quotes About People

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

Social Media Quotes About Advertising

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

Social Media Quotes About Opinion

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

Social Media Quotes About Sharing

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

Social Media Quotes About Photography

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

Social Media Quotes About Judgement

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

Social Media Quotes About Disapproval

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

Social Media Quotes About Image

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

Social media quotes on advertisements

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

Social Media Quotes About Devastation

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

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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

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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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

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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

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

Social Media Quotes For Business Marketers

91. It’s a dialogue, not a monologue, and some people don’t understand that. Social media is more like a telephone than a television.” – Amy Jo Martin

92. “I’m very active on social media and see the huge impact it has on engaging with fans and being able to have a voice.” – Stephen Curry

93. “Don’t use social media to impress people; use it to impact people.” – Dave Willis

94. “A large social-media presence is important because it’s one of the last ways to conduct cost-effective marketing.” – Guy Kawasaki

95. “When it comes to social media marketing, you don’t have to post 3 times a day. It’s never about how often you post but the quality of your content.” – Janet Benson Amarhavwie

96. “The first rule of social media is that everything changes all the time. What won’t change is the community’s desire to network.” – Kami Huyse

97. “Build it, and they will come only works in the movies. Social Media is a “build it, nurture it, engage them, and they may come and stay.” – Seth Godin

98. “Social Media is about the people! Not about your business. Provide for the people and the people will provide for you.” – Matt Goulart

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99. “When you give everyone a voice and give people power, the system usually ends up in a really good place.” – Mark Zuckerberg

100. “Social media is not just a spoke on the wheel of marketing. It’s becoming the way entire bicycles are built.” – Ryan Lilly

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101. “Social media is not a media. The key is to listen, engage, and build relationships.” — David Alston

102. “Social Media puts the “public” into PR and the “market” into marketing.” — Chris Brogan

103. “Privacy is dead, and social media holds the smoking gun.” — Pete Cashmore

104. “Social media policies will never be able to cure stupid.” — Nichole Kelly

105. “Our head of social media is the customer.” — McDonald’s

106. “Most bloggers who rise above the clutter are quite often prolific –they work hard, not just writing content but networking, engaging in Social Media and more.” — Darren Rowse

107. “Social media is the ultimate equalizer. It gives a voice and a platform to anyone willing to engage.” — Amy Jo Martin

108. “Content is fire. Social media is gasoline.” — Jay Baer

109. “Social media creates communities, not markets.” — Don Schultz

110. “When creating a social media campaign, make sure you know your audience well.” — Liz Azyan

Social Media Quotes About Influence

111. “Social media is your platform to build a unique fan base while you express yourself exactly how you see yourself. Build wisely.” — Germany Kent

112. “It becomes very difficult for us to adjust to a world without social media because we spend so much time involved with it.” — Kim Stolz

113. “Social media changes the relationship between companies and customers from master and servant, to peer to peer.” — Jay Baer

114. “We don’t have a choice on whether we DO social media, the question is how well we do it.” — Erik Qualman

115. “Social media doesn’t create negativity, it uncovers it.” — Jay Baer

116. “Social media is driving the culture, it drives peoples minds literally.” — Aeriel Miranda

117. “Worry more about being social, and worry less about doing social media.” — Jay Baer

118. “The goal of social media is to turn customers into a volunteer marketing army.” — Jay Baer

119. “The best examples of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society.” — Recep Tayyip Erdogan

120. “The leverage and influence social media gives citizens are rapidly spreading into the business world.” — Simon Mainwaring

Social Media Quotes To Catch Up on Trending Updates

121. “When people are using their devices, it’s probable that almost half are networking on social media.” — Gary Vaynerchuk

122. “There’s nothing you can do about what social media is now or the internet. You just try to find other avenues to make yourself seen and heard.” — Keith Sweat

123. “I don’t have social media so I’m kind of in a bubble, but I hear there’s a lot going on.” — Mike Colter

124. “I do have very strong, very conflicted feelings about rating systems and social media.” — Rashida Jones

125. “If you use social media right, you will piss people off. It’s actually recommended!” — Guy Kawasaki

126. “Social media is addictive precisely because it gives us something which the real world lacks: it gives us immediacy, direction, a sense of clarity and value as an individual.” — David Amerland

127. “Social media is your opportunity to reach a massive number of people with transparency, honesty, and integrity.” — Brian Boyd

128. “Social media has a way of revealing someone and can be very telling.” — Billy Kennedy

129. “Listening to my fans and seeing love and support through social media from them is what I live for.” — Jake T. Austin

130. “I think that social media can be used for good and for bad.” — Lexi Ainsworth

Social Media Quotes To Highlight Why It May Be A Source Of Concern

131. “People who smile while they are alone used to be called insane, until we invented smartphones and social media.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

132. “I was basically born knowing how to casually stalk people on social media.” ― Becky Albertalli

133. “Social media not only snatches your time, but it also teaches you attention deficiency.” ― Neeraj Agnihotri

134. “In social networks, the function of “friends” is primarily to heighten narcissism by granting attention, as consumers, to the ego exhibited as a commodity.” ― Byung-Chul Han

135. “Our social tools are not an improvement to modern society, they are a challenge to it.” ― Clay Shirky

136. “At a basic level, Facebook, like most other forms of social media, runs on doublespeak: advertising connection but creating isolation; promising happiness but inculcating dread.” ― Jia Tolentino

137. “You have five hundred Facebook ‘friends’? That simply means you’ve redefined ‘friend’ to make it something like ‘a contact I exchange data with’.” ― Hugh Mackay

138. “A fixation with connecting with ‘friends’ online comes with the risk of disconnection with friends waiting for you to be present in the offline world.” ― Craig Hodges

139. “Virtual In the age of social media, friends are like snowflakes. They descend in their thousands. They disappear in seconds.” ― Mouloud Benzadi

140. “Being away on Social Media. It doesn’t make people to miss you. It makes them to forget about you.” ― De philosopher DJ Kyos

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.

Consider trying a social media detox if you are a regular social media user.

Pick a time span 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.

Many browser extensions are also 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. 

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