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Social Media Issues

Jessie Van Den Berg, Reporter

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Social Media is so many things. Stupendous, dreadful, invasive, and entertaining. It keeps you in the knowing but can also create a jealousy of an evil kind. Social media can be a place to share your thoughts and ideas. It could be a place to express your feelings and opinions. But, social media can also be a place where mortals catch your personal privacy and possibly leak it. Your accounts could intrigue a crowd that might be there for the misguided reasons. As I’m explaining, you can understand how social media has many different elevations to it. So, we are going to dig deeper and excavate the dilemmas of this current man-made complication.

Catfishing.

Catfishing is when a person disguises there authentic selves and converts into a different character online. Catfishing can lead up to alarming and risky things. By “being catfished” you could experience this character taking advantage of you, online harassing, intriguing you to deliver your confidential information, and/or being a sexual victim. These are some statistics of the different hooks that people use to catfish.

Cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying is such an extreme measure that I cannot even put into pages how much it has impacted our society. Cyberbullying has ended lives, released private information, and put you and/or your friends into a profound depression. The average age that cyberbullying starts is as young as 9 years old.

Cyberbullying is something that needs to be more aware in a sense that every child, adult, and teen should be protected. In social media, there are so many resources to have to cyberbully at your fingertips. To write a vial message on Instagram is so easy but yet so hurtful. It’s the same amount of work to write an innocent and pure comment, and yet the effect is so much more powerful and beautiful.

Communication.

Communication is vital to everything we do. Having a relationship, or a conversation with your teacher. Transmission is fading out of our society. It is flowing out of our lives like a river. Talking to one another created levels, you could verbally talk to them, genuinely see how what you said affected them. But now, you can hide your emotions behind a screen. That is not at all how the world was supposed to be. Peers are even texting their friends instead of actually verbalizing with them when they are right next to you. We need communication but not faulty contact. So put your phone down and talk, learn, and respond. Next time you lecture someone, watch at how what you said affected them. Maybe in no way at all or maybe you see them block off and change the subject.

In conclusion, social media has affected us in so many ways. Through danger to pure sadness. Social media is a very cautious treasure. Catfishing, tell an adult if you sense suspicious activity. Cyberbullying, tell someone you are more special and more valuable than any cruel mortal on the internet.

Communication, discourse. These are all things that can make a very small drop or evaporation in the bucket of trying to help the world.

 

Works Cited

O, Chris. “Kids in Crisis: Cyberbullying – The New School Bully.” Speech Buddies Blog, 25 Sept. 2015, www.speechbuddy.com/blog/school/speech-buddies-parents-corner-kids-in-crisis-cyberbullying/.

Staff, Editorial. “Shocking Statistics Reveal Just How Common ‘Catfishing’ Might Be.” NextShark, 16 Nov. 2015, nextshark.com/catfishing-statistics/.

About the Writer
Jessie Van Den Berg, Reporter
Jessie Van Den Berg is a lover, and nonstop writing nerd. She loves musicals and going to Broadway shows. Music is a big part of her life since she is also a dancer. She loves watching the series Riverdale with her friends. She is known for her kindness and big heart by her family and...
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