Social Media is a Curse
Sound weird coming from a blogger? I live with social media every day. Let's face it, technology has been changing our way of life in greater doses exponentially since before the term was invented. It rules our lives in every way. From the cars we drive, to how we find a mate, to the way we approach buying a home. We can debate the pros and cons of technology another day.
I am speaking just of the use of social media platforms. I love using many of them. Pinterest is feakin' awesome! I also use Facebook - though not as often as I used too. Instagram and occasionally Snapchat are others. They are fun. I wrote about the Benefits of social media. Now, it's time to address the harsh realities of the other side - the ugly side.
I don't know about you, but I am literally tired of seeing negative posts on social media. I am not talking about the bad covered by the news media - there are unpleasant current events we should be aware of. I'm talking about social media.
Have you seen posts on Twitter, Facebook, etc. that are just unnecessary and mean. Have you ever seen a meme or post and thought; "I wonder if they are talking about me?" If so, and I have done this in the past, this means social media is affecting you in a negative way.
There will always be negative people in the world. These people will frequently toss posts into the universe helter-skelter. These are meant to garner attention, sympathy, approval, whatever the person posting is seeking. Often, they mean. They hold nothing of value or have said nothing of truth. They are a malingerer's way to feel better about themselves - superior to another, even many.
Have you seen the horrific pictures or read about a person(s) killed in a car accident because someone was looking at their phone and not the road? I have seen this too many times.
How about a person being "cyber-bullied" so much they take their own life? Have you ever known a person that will put into a post or a text something they would never say face to face? Ever heard of a "cyber-stalker? These are realities we face.
“Privacy is dead, and social media hold the smoking gun.” Pete Cashmore, Mashable CEO Click To Tweet
10 Reasons Social Media is a Curse
A lot of information planted in the online world is false, twisted, or just plain wrong.
It can be a distraction from living daily life.
Allows users an inflated sense of popularity that may boost negative actions.
Raises chances of lessening "real" interaction between people.
Promotes false ideals of beauty.
Is often used to "bully" others - adults and children alike.
Can lower self-esteem by creating a distorted sense of own worth.
Loss of privacy.
It can be dangerous (texting and driving).
Often decreases productivity.