Social media takeover

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Jennifer Bennett | jbennett49@radford.edu

The use of social media has constantly increased over the years. In some ways, social media outlets can be more effective at communicating messages than most newspapers and online publications. However, what are the costs that are associated with the increasing use of social media?

First, some people may find that with the increased use of technology it becomes harder for us to have face to face interactions with people. We are more comfortable sitting behind a computer because through this way, we have time to think about exactly what we want to say and how to say it. However, some of the story gets lost this way. Tone of voice and body language are taken out of the equation, and people are forced to take the words that they read at face value.

Another downfall of social media is that sometimes it is hard to tell the real story from the ones that are untrue. It is really easy for people to post a fake story on their timeline and for that fake story to spread. You mostly see this with celebrities, but this sort of thing can effect average people as well. Your Facebook friend may look like the happiest person ever on their webpage, but in real life they are miserable.

Because of the increased use of social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram, young adults spend less time on their academics and more time on their social media accounts. Overall, this tends to lead to a decrease in grades and overall productivity. I have been guilty of this in the past – wanting to check social media instead of working on an essay or an assignment that is due soon.

Another downfall of social media is that everyone is able to get their opinions out there all the time, when when they may regret it later. After Donald Trump came to visit Radford University, there were people that posted their political opinions about what he had to say in his speech, as well as whom they wanted to win the election. I have heard some of my friends saying they have gotten into fights with their friends on social media about political views to the point where their “friends” removed them.

Lastly, due to social media, there is a decreased amount of privacy in a person’s daily life. Some people post things like their relationship status, where they go to school, what town they live in, and much more. People have to change the profile settings on their accounts to make it private so that only their friends on their friend list can see their posts. Otherwise, their profile would be considered public and anyone could view it.

Overall, social media definitely does have benefits such as increased communication with individuals and increased access to information. However, there are also some major costs associated with social media. The phrase “everything in moderation” is very true when it comes to the use of social media in society. The occasional use of social media is a good thing, but if you use it too much, it could become detrimental.