Many people wonder what is the role of social media in society. Social media has led to a more connected world, and more people get their news now from social media outlets than they do from any other one source. According to a study by Pew Research in 2016, 62% of people reported seeing an initial news story on social media outlets. As we all know there are a lot of less than reputable news sites on the internet and many publish blatant lies. This means that social media has led to an increase of false information and conspiracy theories masking themselves as news stories. Facebook and other social media channels have attempted to curve this activity, but as long as there are share buttons on social media, this sort of thing will continue to have an adverse effect on the role social media plays in society. This is one of the downsides of social media, but having people able to connect with others and share information is of utmost importance to society as a whole. People in third world countries, disaster areas, and war-torn countries can share actual information about what is going on there without the influence of the corporate media or governments. This creates an overall positive impact of social media on society, so while you can’t believe everything you see, some of the information is accurate and helps the flow of information overall.