Life ThroughSocial MediaCurrently, technology has advanced a lot and, thanks to it, one of thebenefits we enjoy is social media, which facilitates communication. In fact,thanks to these means I can talk to my family who lives thousands of milesaway.”There is a certain beauty of staying connected with loved ones andfriends, favorite sports teams and performers via social media” (Morrow 2014).However, this also has its downside, for example, we all are very awareof our phones either by WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc..
. To thepoint that we can create an addiction.”There are some specific social problems with social media. Internetaddiction has achieved multiple three-letter acronym (TLA) status by givingrise to the alternative names of Internet addiction disorder, problematicInternet use or compulsive Internet use (CIU)” (Isaacs 2014).
In addition it has also been a medium that has created great problems inthe world because there have been cases of identity theft or even intimidationthrough these networks, in my opinion, social media is not the problem, theproblem is the misuse of it because there are people who exceed their use anddo not measure the consequences since there have been cases in which peopleknow others by these means and without knowing clearly who they are, agree tomeet with each other and end up being what they didn’t imagine.What is bad about social media is people who make bad use of them andwho do not measure the consequences of their actions or who obsess in such away with it that their world only revolves around them and they lock themselvesin their little bubble of social media leaving their real life and social lifeaside.This issue is very serious and increasingly affects more people becausethere are people who come to critical points as being completely isolated fromthe rest and living their lives through social media, even their self-esteemcomes to depend on the number of “likes ” they get.The moments or unique experiences stop happening to us when we depend onsocial media, true and pleasant memories are not impregnated in a photo or inthe number of “likes” you have.The freedom offered by social media has transformed bullying tocyberbullying. Cyberbullying allows being aggressive and humiliating otherssince the victim is not face to face.
This makes the evil greater because whilewe are insulting a partner through messaging, writing an offensive comment, orsending a private photo in order to blackmail, we can’t visualize the pain weare causing to others. “Cyberbullying is common;according to a survey cited in the report, 19% of teens say they have beenharassed online or cyberbullied, and 38% know of someone else who has been.This can lead to anxiety, depression, and suicide” (Common Sense Media, 2009).We have to remind people that it ceases to be your private life when youpost on a social network; it ends up being everyones.
In addition to that it isa way of not respecting our own privacy since by publishing our sorrows, joys,weaknesses, it makes us know or relate to who we should not. An example of thisis the young people who, thinking that they know children of their age, giveopenness and confidence to undesirable people such as perverts, rapists and inmany cases human trafficking, who convince innocent children through a falseprofile. And somewhat ignorant to come into direct contact and manipulate them.Sometimes you don’t hear anything from them again.Social Media is an invention that has revolutionized the world that hascreated a new generation that is a great help and has become necessary in ourlives, it allows us to know, explore, and inform us more every day.
For this reasons I think that social media is a wonderful invention thathas helped many people and must be used with moderation, not to exaggeratetheir use and thus allow us to be more users to create a good society throughthem, because social media has achieved reunions between families, newfriendships, and socialization, but as I said before everything should be inmoderation because it is the only way you can enjoy the advantages that socialmedia provides.