The Social Media Effect

Graffiti has been around for centuries, serving as a form of expression for artists and activists alike. However, the rise of social media has brought about a new era in graffiti culture, leading to some negative consequences. In this blog post, we will explore how social media has caused an increase in graffiti, negatively impacted commercial and residential properties, and influenced young people to engage in this art form.
Social media has undoubtedly contributed to the rise in graffiti. Platforms like Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter provide a global audience for graffiti artists, making it easier for them to share their work and gain recognition. With the advent of digital photography, artists can capture and share their graffiti creations in seconds, reaching a wider audience than ever before. This has led to an increase in the number of graffiti artists and a surge in the popularity of graffiti culture.
However, this increase in graffiti has also had a negative impact on commercial and residential properties. There are hefty fines associated with the graffiti if the tags are not removed in a timely fashion. This not only causes financial strain but can also negatively impact the appearance and reputation of their property. Moreover, the frequency and extent of graffiti can also deter potential customers, leading to a decrease in sales for businesses.
The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the impact of social media on graffiti culture. With lockdowns and social distancing measures in place, many young people turned to graffiti as a form of creative outlet and a way to express their frustration with the pandemic. Social media provided a platform for these individuals to showcase their work and connect with other artists, leading to a surge in graffiti activity during the pandemic.
While graffiti can be a powerful form of expression, social media has also negatively influenced young people to engage in this art form. Platforms like TikTok and Instagram glorify graffiti, promoting it as a cool and rebellious activity. This can be particularly enticing for young people who are looking for ways to stand out or make a statement. However, this can lead to an increase in illegal graffiti and vandalism, resulting in negative consequences for both individuals and the community as a whole.