Oh my... where do I begin? There are so many problems with social media that it is hard to know where to start. BUT...there are also just as many great advantages too. So I guess that means that everything balances out. Right?
I am going to change this one a bit and give you three problems with social media along with two good things.
Okay... here we go!
1: It's easy to become addicted.
This is one I was guilty of not so long ago. It's easy to become so engrossed in Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Snapchat and all of the other social media sites that you lose track of the world around you. I admit, there are still times, like Thursday nights (it's Grey's Anatomy night!!!), where my fingers are tweeting up a storm.
2: Anyone can make a Twitter account.
Social media allows individuals to create a unique view of themselves that might not be completely authentic.
Twitter is a good example of this.
Anyone can make a Twitter account...or really... a Facebook account too. How do you know the person you are talking to is really the person they claim to be?
3: It's easy to hide behind a screen.
Bullying is a problem in schools all across the country and with social media sites, it has become easier for bullys to target their victims at home.
Cyber bullying is a major deal. I am sure all of us have been the victim of a cyber bully at some point.
Social media accounts makes it easier for people, some of whom may not speak up in person, to say what is on their mind, naughty and nice.
Now for the good.
1: It's a promotional tool.
Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter make it easier for businesses, groups, celebrities, artists and professional athletes alike to promote their products and games. It also allows us, the fans, to get an inside look at their lives, a look we may not get to see otherwise.
How many people are glued to their phones, sucked in to Twitter and Facebook on game day or when their favorite TV show is on (Grey's Anatomy!!!!)?
I have met some awesome people through Twitter and Facebook just because we are all fans of professional motorsports. I may not have had the chance to meet them in person, but we still have that connection come race day.
Social media helps individuals express themselves in many ways. From clever tweets to links to personal blogs and personal photography to artistic renditions, social media sites help us share our personal work that may not otherwise be seen by anyone other than ourselves.
There you have it!!!!
I will always be a fan of social media, at least for the foreseeable future. Besides... if it wasn't for social media... who else would I share my thoughts (like these here) with?
*Check back tomorrow for a look into my earliest memory :)
Comment below and let me know your thoughts on problems with social media!!!
Just me. That's all.