Social Media a Silent Killer?
Social media is a vast networking that connects millions of people around the world. Nowadays you can easily find your friends, family, co-workers, and even new acquittance in social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin>, etc. Just a simple push of a button, you can send your updates or photos to all your connections from all around the world.
In our modern technology-driven society, the use of social media slowly becomes a must have for your daily life but is it without the benefit of the doubt that social media are beneficial for society in this 21st century? The answer is Yes and No.
The Good Side of Social Media
Social media such as Facebook and Twitter can help you stay connected with your friends and family. You can even find your long lost friends from your junior high or college and get to know how their life been going.
In marketing point of view, social media is a tool to promote or introduce a business or products to the start-ups audiences. You can’t believe how effective is social media to the business and products compare to thousands of dollars spent on actual advertising. It’s like an unstoppable spread of good karma from 0 to 10 to 100 to 1000 to millions if the business or products are great to begin with.
Latest news and updates on the palm of your hand
With social media tools, you can get the latest news and updates just from your iPhone or iPad with internet connectivity hence likely no one will bother to pick up a “newspaper” again. That may be good news to the environmental activist, maybe there’s no more tree protest in near future 🙂
Good thing get notice but Great thing went viral
Again good karma always went viral. In recent viral phenomenon, social media maybe one of the reason PSY – Gangnam style video hits 1 billion views in YouTube.
The Evil Side of Social Media
The lazy-bone and obsession syndrome
With the easiness of using social media to stay connected with friends and family. People tend to get lazy to go out and actually met their friends and family. Sooner or later they will be affected by lazy-bone syndrome *don’t worry this is just a make-up syndrome
The obsession for attention and updates. If you spend 60% of your time in Facebook then you need to stop and rethink your priority in life.
Using social media to share your private information and whereabouts will invite strangers and stalkers to your door step so don’t do it. There’s already many cases that involve Facebook privacy breach that cause unfortunate incidents.
Negative Viral Effect
in recent PyCon conference, one of representative of the conference gold sponsor, SendGrid, Adria Richards – a female developer from SendGrid complained about inappropriate comments made by guys at PyCon. Instead of following the PyCon conference code of conduct, she went viral with her irresponsible actions update and a picture she taken without consent on Twitter that later cause the lost of her and one of the attacked and humiliated developer’s job.
Imagine how this will turn out if there are no social media tools such as Facebook or Twitter.
Online cyberbully started from social media
Anonymous, that is the safe protection for cyberbullies, just because no one actually knows who and where they are, they notoriously online bully everyone, calling bad names, personal insult, body shame, vulgar interaction, among many of these bully’s act and most started in social media platform. Those who bullied would feel depressed, anxious, and afraid to face the outside world and in some cases, lead to suicide attempts. Among them, children or teens are the most vulnerable to cyberbully emotional effects. According to CBS news, social media bullying is the main factor contributing to rise in deaths and suicide of teens and children.
This is one of the reason, parents should monitor their children’s android phone activity to prevent any unsolicited interaction encounter by their child.
You might not agreed but social media did make more good impact than bad. I think it how we use or handle our-self in using social media that is important. On a final note, don’t rely or obsess too much on social media tools and networks, do some grunt work like the old days from time to time. Take responsibility for what you posted to the community using social media and think twice if your action can lead to any demise.
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