Today’s world is influenced by manyfactors.
One of which is technology; many things have been created that haverevolutionized society. Social Media is one of the newly invented platforms,which have come out as a result of technology. Social media is used on the webor via applications where users can view, share and learn about what others in theirlives, communities and countries are doing. But social media also has itsdownsides.
Social media has made our lives less private and has allowed peopleto be able to find out confidential information about us. This topic is vitalbecause all people using social media, from all different age groups, should beaware of the risks involved within social media because their privacy could beinvaded by anyone. Social media can thus be seen as a threat as people can set outto harm you through invasion of your privacy. Social media is bad because itaffects or privacy and communication skills. Social media affects our privacybecause it allows individuals using social media to be able to put informationabout themselves, locations, interests etc. Many users of social media post picturesof themselves that are rather exposing and they portray themselves in theseimages to their friends, colleagues and families.
Many young users of socialmedia usually take self-portraits and full-bodied pictures, and videos of themdoing ridiculous things that may not be morally accepted. Due to the fact thatinformation and media shared/uploaded on social media platformsare available for publicity for an indefinite time an employer can go throughan employee’s photos and see a photo of them taking shots in a sketchy area or aperson willing to commit to a relationship with someone couldsee something provoking that changes their mindset and because of this socialmedia is very deadly to one’s privacy and can even affect their opportunitiesif anything. Social media is also a threat because manypeople are often ridiculed on it. Cyber bullying often occurs on social media. Usuallywhen someone wants to victimize someone or make a nuisance of them they do itthrough social media. Often a person will expose a video, picture or even a badtext about a person they dislike, allowing those on the web to judge thevictim. We have seen cases of this with celebrities through leaked sex tapesand pictures that have ruined their reputations. We see the result of damaging effectsof social media as a source speaks on how an individual takes themselves away fromsocial media to avoid the consequences of its use.
Predators usually use socialmedia to ridicule people they do not like because they know their friends willsee this and it will humiliate them. Author Brian Jung of Demand Media furtheradds that: “The devastation of theseonline attacks can leave deep mental scars”. He further goes on to argue that due to suchbullying most victims opt for suicide.
Kids today are very fragile and beingexposed or ridiculed on a popular platform where all their friends can see thembeing mocked can affect them psychologically and lead them to taking really rashand harsh decisions. When uploading a picture onto your Facebook timeline,we are not only giving information aboutourselves but we are also revealing information about other people who areprobably not even aware of the fact that a part of their life is being exposedto a large number of people. When we tag a friend in a photo, this person cansee that there is a picture on their timeline which means that all your friendsand probably people your “not friends with” (depending on your privacysettings) can see.
But if this person is not tagged, he or she will probablynever know that there is a picture circulating on the Internet of him or her.The pictures on Facebook can have serious effects on our personal life. Forexample, when you apply for a job, the employer may look on your Facebook or onany social media to see your online activities. “Cheerleader Kendall Jonesattracted a huge amount of attention after images of her posing with kills wereposted to Facebook despite the public backlash, her Facebook page 815,000followers, but she is still the magnet of abusive comments”. Social media is also negativebecause it has deteriorated communication skills and abilities.
Initiallysocial media platforms such as Facebook for example were created to easecommunication in a technologically advancing society. Facebook was launched in 2004as a service for students at Harvard University to communicate easily withtheir fellow peers at Harvard and link up to complete assignments and so forth,but as the years went on and its popularity increased it changed its purpose.There are now approximately 1.23 billion users of Facebook according to asurvey done by researchers at “the next web” and this number keeps growing.
More and more people have started using the socialmedia platform in order to keep in touch with relatives and family far away, tosocialize with friends and find long lost friends and also to share and viewinformation and media As Bill Gates says: “Communication is a good thing andsocial media is about a vast number of topics and share different experiencesand opinions and is highly helpful. Opponents of social media have manydifferent negative facts that have arisen due to the misuse of social mediasuch as the prevention of face-to-face interactions. They further go on to addthat time wasting activities are done on social media and children or youngadolescents who have not yet well developed may find their brain behavior alter and this can further on lead to sicknessessuch as ADHD. Lastly negative people such as pedophiles, identity thieves andburglars are found on social media and can also make life uncomfortable formany. In my personal opinion as a user of social media I would have to say yesthere are many faults but there are many positives as well. It all depends on the user I believe, it isnot a bad thing until it is exaggerated.
Social media play a negative factorand we as people should be careful of what we put on the internet. Social media can affect your lifestyle, employment,affect other and other negative factor that can pertain within the society.