Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and so much more.
I love them and hate them at the same time.
It has so many benefits, yet it also has many drawbacks.
After reading some of these, leave me a comment on whether it’s positive or a negative thing for us:
Here we go!
1. It’s one of the biggest causes of today’s mental health epidemic
Mental health issues are increasing rapidly, and many people are linking them to social media sites.
It’s pretty simple. When you scroll through that Facebook feed, you’ll see countless pictures of people laughing, enjoying life, etc. And you’re there just scrolling there looking why your life isn’t like that.
You guys wanna know how I know that?
Because I’ve been through it. I used to spend hours looking at people’s social media pictures feeling sorry for myself because I didn’t have that kind of lifestyle.
I didn’t really realize it then, but now I totally do. After finishing my hour long scrolling session, I would think about what the other person is doing, and not focusing on myself which attributed to my low self-esteem back then.
But, realize nobody’s perfect, and that they had to retake that picture many times to ensure that “perfect” photo.
2. It’s addicting
Just like drugs and alcohol, it’s addicting. Now that’s pretty scary!
For example, I would get on Snapchat at 3 in the afternoon, and I won’t realize how long it’s been until about 4 hours later. I would continuously refresh the app just to find anything new or trendy.
So, my advice when getting on social media:
Watch your time or set a limit.
I’m dead serious. If you don’t , then you could spend literally a whole day checking people’s newest posts, pictures, and likes. Oh, and after you’re done, you’ll wonder why you wasted a whole day spending time on Snapchat.
Another good piece of advice:
Take a social media break.
That will help you be more focused on what you really need done for yourself.
Trust me, you’ll thank me later.
3. We can talk and connect to millions of people everywhere
Duh! It’s called “social media” for a reason.
Our current world population is over 7 billion people, which is a crap ton of peeps.
We can connect to anyone in the world with a social media text like this:
For example, I have many family members that live all around the world. So, sometimes when I try to contact them, I just leave them a little text on Snapchat or Facebook to communicate.
It’s also amazing for businesses.
Businesses and major companies could spread news about any products that they created , or they can just spread their “brand name” .
So, if you wanna make friends or spread some ideas , I would definitely recommend using social media.
4. We strive to seek validation from others
I’m an American teenager in high school. Almost every single day in one of my classes, I would hear conversation like this:
Person #1: How come she got more likes than me?
Person #2: Wait what! How?
Person #1: So, does that mean I’m ugly?
Person #2: I don’t know. Look at the comparison.
Comparison! That’s one of the most dangerous things you can do to yourself.
To be honest, I try not to scream when I overhear conversations like that.
It’s dumb. How are you going to judge yourself just because someone else might or might not have as much likes you have?
When I hear conversations like that, I try to excuse myself to get out of that area, so I won’t explode when I’m near them.
Who knows the reason they got more or less likes(and who cares, honestly)?
They might have a very good camera, or maybe they were with their family in the picture.
But, that doesn’t mean you’re any less.
You are perfect just the way you are, and don’t think otherwise.
5. Bullying is much easier due to social media
According to statistics, more than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyberthreats online, and well over half of young people do not tell their parents when it occurs.
Matter of fact, I was once a victim of cyberbullying, and I also victimized others:
When I just started using social media, I was in a group chat.
And all we would do in there was talk rudely about how each other looked and just ridiculing each other.
The crazy part was that I created that group chat, and victimized someone first because they targeted me.
And as soon as that regretful comment of mine was sent , a whole bunch was sent back at me, and it went a little too far.
I only victimized others because I was defenseless, and they were coming at me, which made me not know what to do.
After that group chat cooled down, I heard some people talking about it, which made me revive it back again.
As I said, I regret that, but I learned a valuable lesson.
I learned that people are going to talk about you no matter what, either positively or negatively. I took it as a reminder that I can’t control what comes out of other people’s mouth , but I can control what comes out of my mouth.
I also realized that I wouldn’t say most of these hurtful comments to any of their faces, which is one of the reasons why bullying is much easier online.
- When someone talks about you online, ignore them because most likely they wouldn’t say it to your face.
- Don’t be motivated to talk about someone else just because they talked about you
- If you’re in a group chat like the one I was in, get out of it!
Unfortunately, that’s one of the biggest drawbacks of social media.
But, we can all stop bullying by recognizing the signs and taking action.
Or, you can visit StopBullying.gov
6. Everyone knows what’s going on
Currently on twitter, there are full of hashtags.
Let me give you some of the top ones of last year:
There are so much more that happened in 2017 alone!
That’s a good thing because we need to know what’s going on in order to be aware and stay up-to-date.
7. It forever changed how we use the internet
Since the arrival of Facebook in 2004, internet use has been increasing at a rapid rate. Like these days, it’s almost mandatory to have a device that can access the web.
Social media changed the way how we think, communicate, and receive information.
Before I had my first device, Snapchat was getting big, and I saw people doing almost everything on it.
Whether it was:
- Talking to people
- Taking photo shots
- Watching the news
Social media is still evolving, which makes it even more game-changing for the internet.
But first, we got to find out what social media does next by hacking their sites. 😉
Wait! Let’s add a new hashtag:
The homework assignment is to choose a side (negative vs. positive) by leaving a comment(I said this early in the post.)
It has no due date, but it still has to be done!
Here’s a good quote about social media I’d like to share with you guys:
“Social media is changing the way we communicate and the way we are perceived, both positively and negatively. Every time you post a photo, or update your status, you are contributing to your own digital footprint and personal brand.”
-Amy Jo Martin
Enjoy life guys!
P.S: Let’s get out of our bad moods , and like, share, comment, and reblog.