If you’re like me, social media is an everyday part of your life. You can’t escape it. Everyone uses social media, from Presidents to your grandmother. What once was a simple way to communicate and reconnect has now turned into an entire new world. The greatest question is: Are we safe using these sites?
We use such sites as:
- · Vine
- · Myspace
- · Tumblr
- · And many more
These sites inhabit our daily lives. We strive to do whatever is necessary to access these sites. Why? To see what all our friends are doing, to see the latest celebrity gossip, to share what we’re doing, or to post a new picture/video. Whatever the reason we use these sites, they have become a part of our lives. They have become like friends; someone we depend on when we feel happy or sad; someone to vent our problems to and to get help with those same problems. There’s nothing we don’t share on these sites, even though sometimes we shouldn’t. Let’s face it, social media cannot be avoided.
I love using social media sites to share my daily challenges and victories. I love seeing my friends post about the joys of their families and jobs. I rejoice seeing that another person has beat cancer or another soldier has returned home. These are the things that make social media sites great. The happiness people share makes it all worth checking every day and maybe even every hour. These sites bring your family and friends so close that it’s hard to find fault in them. But what happens when this “friend” is more like a foe?
Everyday teens and adults suffer the consequences of social media. They are severely bullied, stalked and tormented. They are made to feel small and unloved. These same sites that connected so many people to each other are used to hurt and destroy. Lives are taken because of the things people post and say. And once these things are posted, it’s forever out in the world. How do you escape something like that?
I fear my nieces, children and even grandchildren may suffer at the hand of social media. What people post and say can stay with a person for a lifetime. Our future generations deserve to live a life without fear of what may or may not be said about them on a social site. They should have the opportunity to live as we all once did, without the affects and joys of social media. Just because it’s available doesn’t mean it should be used.
Above all, we know there are upsides and downsides to everything. The same is said about social media sites. As much as we like them, they aren’t for everyone. There are also certain things we just shouldn’t post on these sites or use these sites for. Yet, we can’t escape something that’s directly in our faces 24/7. The growth of these sites enhance every day. They stretch far and wide. Several years from now, social media sites will either die out or take over our planet completely. No matter what happens, we should be smarter and more conscience of our social media self. Friend or foe, you are always the one to push ENTER.