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Does Social Media Help or Harm Creativity?

LAKSHMI on March 11, 2016

The knee-jerk reaction to defining the relationship between social media and creativity is to brand social media as being damaging to creativity. This is true when the passive social networking usurps time required for creative pursuits, but social apps when used actively can fuel creativity in ways not possible in the pre-social networking era.

Creative photograph of kids on social media

Eventually, how we use social media directly influences creativity – time management, knowledge, skill and personal motivation are drivers of creativity. The ubiquitious access to ideas and the means to implement them can serve as strong foundations for imagination. Imagination, after all, as Einstein put it, “is more important than knowledge”.

This is an excerpt from our article on LinkedIn Pulse. For an in-depth look, read the full version here.

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