We hear about how athletes benefit from having Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other social media profiles that allow them to interact with fans, and be able to advertise for their sponsors. Although, how much do athletes really benefit from this? Yes, additional income may come with advertising your brand, but does an athlete need social media to market themselves better, or do they just need to be good at their jobs? Twitter is a huge way for many celebrities to voice their opinions about something and receive feedback. But certain athletes choose not to have Twitter such as Lionel Messi, Michael Jordan, Peyton Manning, Derek Jetter, Sydney Crosby, and the list goes on. These are top gun athletes, and they don’t feel the need to use one of the world’s most famous social media applications. A source from a sports website “the guardian” makes a good argument that “because we’re not subjected to their musings via social media, almost all we know about them is that they’re great at sports.” I completely agree with this. The less I know, the possibility of something ruining the image of me for an athlete is. What do you think? Negative light is easy to stay away from when athletes don’t connect with the social media world. Whether it’s responding to a rude fan, posting opinions about an issue, or getting tagged in a picture where your hand placement on a fan is questionable, there is will always be users everywhere ready to bounce back with replies, comments, and likes or dislikes. Do you think social media benefits the image of an athlete more than it takes away?