Updated: May 28, 2019
By Maurice L. Williams
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“Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t want plastered on a billboard with your name on it ” Erin Bury
The antics we witness daily on the internet and social media confirm the notion that many people are willing to do anything for fame or notoriety. The interesting part about this ongoing craze is the fact that in most instances the foolery doesn’t bring about fortune but instead sets the stage for pain and embarrassment. The willingness to make a mockery of oneself or others in hopes of becoming popular is at an all time high. The irony is in it not being specific to any gender or ethnicity. This self degrading global phenomenon is common among all races and has changed they way people behave all over the world.
(A) Spending too much time on social networking sites could adversely affect your mood; which can lead to anxiety and depression
(B) Social media made it easier to make friends, it also made it easier for predators to find victims; Online attacks leave deep mental scars and has driven people to commit suicide
(C) Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) is one of the most common negative effects of social media; FOMO is a form of anxiety you get when you’re scared of missing out on a positive experience or emotions that you feel someone else may be receiving
A lot of us have unconsciously attached our self-esteem to views and likes. This frame of mind has lead to people recording crimes instead of helping to prevent them by intervening or calling the police. I believe the internet is a creepy place and like homework parents should check their children’s pages everyday to ensure they are not being bullied or stalked by predators. In addition, age doesn’t appear to be of any consequence in regard to the distasteful things people say and reveal. These days morals, principles and standards are inconsequential when a person believes they have a chance to go viral and become famous.
Listed below are three suggestions on ways to help prevent the internet/social media from controlling our lives:
1. Figure out if you’re addicted to social media; Are you bored, stressed or trying to fill a void?
2. Find alternative ways to respond to the craving e.g., have meaningful conversations with your spouse or children, start on a project you’ve been putting off, take an online course
3. Go Cold Turkey; decide how long it’s going to be, inform your friends and then delete your apps
What are some of your thoughts or opinions on how the internet and social media influence our lives?
How can parents make sure their children are not being bullied on social sites?
Why do people film crimes instead of intervening or calling the police?
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