My Issues With Social Media
Modern society is becoming more catered to the illusion of online dating, chatting and conversing. The only downfall is miscommunication. This happens when messages aren't delivered in a cohesive manner and communicators leave the conversation confused.
The question I have is does social media help or harm human interaction?
Every day, I use Instagram and Facebook to inspire hope in a hopeless world and I don't see this as a problem. People need to know that someone in the world cares about them and I am that someone.
However, when I scroll through my news feed, I constantly see people cursing each other out or posting videos that promote violence and ignorance. (For example, the Ferguson decision.)
I believe this is a shame because social media isn't about airing out our dirty laundry. It's a way to interact with people who aren't physically present. I always see people discussing their personal issues on social media sites. Sometimes people talk about suicide or how mad they are with a certain individual or other things.
When I see this, it makes me wonder whether the posts are a cry for help or a cry for attention. I'm not sure. My wish is that people would be mindful about the things they post because social media is an extension of ourselves. Our words determine who we are and what we stand for.
Even if the posts are deleted, there are ways to retrieve the posts. (It is the internet!)
Moving on to my main argument. Let's take a look at the reasons why I hate social media.
People Misrepresent Their Selves
Since there is no evidence to prove the identity of someone on the internet. It is easy for a guy to portray his self as a woman and vice versa.
My problem with this is children use the internet and they use social media. I am aware that most social media sites have an age requirement, but children can lie about their age.
What happens if a pedophile is hunting for his/her next victim and the child is the victim? How do we monitor this?
We can't tell our children they can't use the internet. What if they need to do homework?
What happens when a child gets catfished while attempting to do their homework?
People Use Social Media As Their Diary
There is a such thing as disclosing too much information. However, people on social media don't understand that.
No one needs to know what you're doing every second of every day. Let's keep an element of surprise. Less really is more.
Every time I scroll through my news feed, I see people posting statuses such as "I'm chilling with my boo", "I'm cooking today", "I'm doing laundry today" and etc.
All I can think of when I see this is who cares? Why would anyone care about the daily activities of someone whom they barely talk to?
Why does the world need to know what's going on in our personal lives every second of every day?
Freedom Of Speech Is Completely Overrated
Our First Amendment grants us free speech, but I think people don't understand what free speech is. They think they can say whatever they want and it won't affect anyone.
(BTW, this hub is completely biased and opinionated. Do not take anything that I'm writing personal. I just want to express my opinions about social media.)
Anyway, since social media is a platform for free speech, I believe people should be mindful of what they post and the messages they send.
For example, I notice that people use social media to discuss their opinions about what's going on in the world (i.e, presidential debates, community shootings, etc.). However, this is a problem because sometimes people are misinformed.
The media controls what messages are sent, which means they control public thought. Therefore, people have discussions online about events that have been manipulated by the media.
For instance, the Trayvon Martin case. When I first heard about this, I completely thought it was not a racial issue and I still believe it isn't. A young Afro-American male being shot by a white male is not a race issue. (I say this because I honestly don't know why Trayvon was shot.)
When I voiced my opinions, the Afro-American community was enraged, They didn't understand why I felt the way I did. I didn't get into a social media debate because I believe my biases are personal and I don't need to explain myself. People are going to believe what they want to believe, anyway.
The point is free speech comes with responsibilities that social media doesn't understand.
Is social media harmful or helpful?
Honestly, there is a thin line between whether social media is harmful or helpful. I may have been negative throughout this hub, but I believe social media isn't used responsibly by most people.
If we're going to use social media daily, then we need to understand the risks that are involved.