Influencers share pros and cons of social media platforms

The greatest successes in life come after one has faced the biggest shocks and obstacles, according to Saudi journalist Dr. Abdullah Al Maghlooth.

Dr. Maglooth was speaking at a session themed ‘Positivity for a Happy Life’, at the second Arab Social Media Influencers Summit (ASMIS) held from 13-14 December at the Dubai World Trade Centre under the patronage of Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Al Maghlooth said that beginnings are always tough, but the end is always a happy one. People who face problems go through five phases. Approximately 73% of people reach the final phase of acceptance, according to a study conducted by the University of Colorado.

He advised his followers to be positive, and to be like the Phoenix, the mythical bird that always regenerates. He cited the example of how the famous fire that engulfed Chicago made the city’s officials determined to make the city an industrial hub.

Saudi traveler Abdullah Al Jumah shared stories of his early life as a traveler in a session titled ‘Stories of a Traveler’. Juma, who has visited more than 80 countries, said that some of his experiences were distressing while others were joyful.

Al Jumah said that he acquired a passion for travelling after he left his country to study at Harvard University. He wrote a book titled ‘Stories of a Saudi in Europe’. He said that his best trip was to the Amazon, where he experienced a “primitive life” amid a lack of food and water. One of the downsides of constant travel is that he does not have many friends, despite the growth in followers on social media.

Artist Balqees shared her experiences of managing her social media accounts at a session themed ‘The Power of Direct Communication’. Giving her followers free access to her account helped her to learn many things. One of her learnings was not to jump to conclusions since one has to pay a heavy price for mistakes made on social media.

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