Why (Not) Social Media?
Social media has become a global phenomenon during the past decade due its ability to connect friends, people and groups on a single platform, allowing them to communicate and share their thoughts in an instant. There is no doubt that social media has delivered immense exposure and intercommunication to the public but this has also brought about major concerns.
While the global population maintains its hype on social media, this article will review some important reasons that social media management has become the biggest concern in the 21st century.
Social media negatively affects education
The social media lacks proper regulations, thus resulting in users failing to monitor and manage their time, which leads to negatively impacting the individual’s education. Education today is impacted at all levels by social media. Social media allows users to interact with their friends, family and followers directly, including students. Many schoolchildren have easy access to the Internet, and in effect, the different social media platforms. Parents are also directly responsible, especially if their children are already on social media despite being underage.
Social media directly encourages poor behavior
With access to social media, users gradually begin losing social skills, leading to increased poor behavior whenever they’re in public. This is also prevalent among the youth as there is a lack of direct intervention. When continuously exposed to bad behavior, those on social media will be encouraged and tend to mimic or imitate. Over time, long-term behavioral issues are to be expected.
Addiction to social media
Social media encourages eavesdropping as well, since a lot of users share a ton of information on the various platform. The friends, followers and connections may develop an addiction into constantly needing updates on another person’s life and what they’re doing. Wanting to be up-to-date can lead to an unfocused and unproductive day since your eyes are only glued to the screen. This problem is pretty common nowadays among the younger people, who prioritize eavesdropping and not missing out on updates over school, work and social interactions in real life.
False marketing or marketing scams
It’s easier to commit fraud, false marketing and scam campaigns on social media. Because people are constantly on the lookout on these different platforms, it isn’t difficult to showcase and make people pay attention to things that may not be true. They also don’t tend to check the validity and truthfulness to it, leading to serious complications later on.
Online bullying, public humiliation and shaming
Your social media account has a direct feed on the dashboard where all connected people can post comments on your profile or posts. While this may seem to be an interesting feature, it can easily be used against you. There are many cases of public humiliation that is occurring on the different platforms, which is a major concern as this can result in a ruined public reputation and the shame that comes along with it.
Recent years have also seen an increase in the number of bullying and blackmail cases occurring on social media . While this is an important feature used to streamline business operations and performance, it can be devastating on an individual’s personal life and emotions.
Linked to reduced social interactions
Social media encourages connections on the platform and you have the chance to meet users across different cultures and communities. Because it’s so much easier and simpler to just talk through the screen, many have preferred doing this instead of physical visits and interactions. This may lead to users becoming anti-social and losing interest to go outside, and has been linked to higher rates of depression.
It has become a serious concern in communities all over the world because conflict can easily arise through the exchange of only words on the different platforms. Without any physical cues, it can be easy to misunderstand or misconstrue what someone is saying, and be the source of fights.
Social media encourages comparison
Each individual pursues an independent life, but when exposed to other people’s affairs over extensive periods it leads to users comparing their own lives to what they see. This is directly triggered by the constant viewing of other people’s posts, causing jealousy and envy.
The constant bombardment of updates that may or may not be relevant to their connections can lead to the user manipulating how they are seen by the public and the audience. It’s quite common to see only the good and positive things on a user’s feed as this is what they’d rather publish. Unfortunately, it can cause serious personality complexes and tensions in their personal lives.
Social media allows users to publish links leading to websites that may have viruses and malware. There is also an increasing number of messages and other media being shared on the social media websites which require account holders to grant permissions before using the facility, which can easily result in phishing. With uncontrolled use of social media, the risk of users encountering cyber breaches and attacks is growing.
Social media has helped build inter-connectivity among users but at the same time, it’s important to remember that it has also brought about major risks and a negative impact on relationships, and physical and mental wellness.
In effect, social media management is of great concern today. It is imperative that each person who has an account on any social media platform develop a strong sense of control when logged in. Focus on your own development and growth as opposed to comparing it to others that you see on your feed.
Social media is a powerful tool for building networks, but can also damage social bonds and cause psychological breakdowns, leading to increased conflict and lack of development.
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