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50 Thought-Provoking Social Media Quotes

Published on February 7, 2020 7:45 AM EST
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.

Thought-Provoking Social Media Quotes

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. “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

2. “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

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

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

5. “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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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