Social Media: The Good, The Bad

A:”Do you have a Facebook account?”

B:”Nope.”

A:”WHAT???!!!”

Today, social media has taken social interaction to a whole new level. Such is its reach that it seems abnormal if someone is not using or involved in it. But is social media really sugar, spice, and everything nice?

The power of social media cannot be ignored. Marketers have used social media succesfully to promote their products and maintain good customer relationships. It enables us to enhance interaction with our friends as well; we can share photos, videos, anything interesting etc. We are constantly updated about our friends too, almost real-time: where they are exactly, who they are hanging out with, what they are eating, how they are feeling, who they are ranting about, how “it’s complicated”… all from a screen. How convenient. How irritating (sometimes).

Social media seems to have diluted the meaning of friendship. Someone’s your “Friend” upon a click of a button. But how many of these “Friends” are actually our friend? Sometimes, it can already be hard to gauge people’s feelings from face-to-face interaction; what about through social media, where all one see are words and emoticons which might not mean anything afterall. Maybe your “Friend” is replying just for the sake of doing so. We will not know, will we?

Then there is the question of ethics and responsibility. Hidden behind our own screens, people seem to become more careless, or brave, in what they say, for instance, the many racist remarks made through social media. Let’s not even start on cyber-stalking…hmmm…

Indeed, social media is an excellent tool in many ways, but as good as it can get, social media does have its fair share of shortcomings. Sharing through social media knows no bounds. Just remember to think twice, pay more attention and be more careful when utilizing it.

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