Many people use social media to discover and gather personal information about friends, acquaintances, and even strangers (pictures, likes, relationship status, political views, friends, locations, personal preferences and more).It is the free will of an individual to decide how much information he or she are willing to share on social media outlets. Many people, myself included, are concerned with the difficulty to protect privacy. Maintaining the confidentiality of information and preventing others from misusing it in ways that are beneficial to them is very important online interactions. The use of social media is creating a society unable to maintain personal confidentiality. The question that comes to my mind is there are people better off interacting amongst themselves knowing that an individual’s public and private figure are available online.
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We Skype often and even watch Netflix together, usually watching either random sappy romance movies or The Office. If you would 've asked me at the beginning of our relationship if I thought any of this was possible, I would 've laughed. I haven 't ever done anything like this with anyone and never thought that I could, I have never felt so emotionally connected to someone before. She 's my best friend, thinking of a world without her seems dull and sad, and very lonely too. While we are very similar, we do have quite a few differences as well.
When starting school for me it was easy making friends but as most of us I had a best friend, Benjamin Vergnaud we were best friends from K5 until 4th grade and it is a friendship that I will never forget. We were brothers and I guess time drifted us apart but he is still a good friend today but nothing like before.
These two things have created a sense of dependence in millennial that basically we can say that our smartphones and computers are a part of us. We, as a society have made ourselves believe that popularity in social media is basically the most important thing, having billions of followers, likes or retweets is what makes you someone. These image we have created comes with many pros and cons that shape our character towards social media. R.h Sin says “Social media has made us less social, we see the lives of others instead of living our own, dreaming instead of doing, liking what we see while hating what we do.” (Whiskey words and a shovel). We get so involved in other people’s lives, seen what they are doing and posting, that we forget to live our own.
According to Lindsey Craig in her article “Technology -- we all love it and we all use it, but how is it affecting us?” she stated that “Technology is making us more alone, because instead of interacting with our friends in person, we are dependent on using our phones or tablets. We start to compare ourselves and our lives to others because of how many likes we get on our Instagram photos” (Craig, 2016). Although, technology such as using internet, playing with friends using technology (PS4, video games
Perhaps one of the greatest innovations of the past decade has been the invention of the electronic media. Today, one can reconnect with a long lost friend, share photos and videos, even carrying out their day to day lives online. Yet, the pros of the electronic media come with its cons as well, such as increasing cyber bullying, lack of privacy and vulnerability to crime. The electronic media has negatively impacted the social and moral fiber of the Bahamian society resulting to cyberbullying. With the vast strides in technology, came social media, a cyber world where people can meet and greet others near and far and voice their opinions freely.
Even though it contains some vast benefits, people as a culture have to set a limit of social media usage to a reasonable amount. Social media needs to be recognized as a tool to be used not excessively like how people are starting to relay on it in their daily lives. Websites such as Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest are very helpful as a resource that provide news, gossip, and to keep in contact with friends and family, but individuals should not focus on it like an important element of their life. People have to decide how to manage how this information that is fed to them in order to try and curb the side effects which have been getting worse annually. People should be focusing on limiting their children now so they can get the proper skills they need for interacting with other people within their age groups and social strata properly when they are of age.
Some people say that social media can break up relationships, but this is not always true it can also bring relationships together. It can help people get to know each other better, it can introduce new people that you have never met before, and it can boost your confidence about meeting somebody new. According to (Erik Qualman) in his video named Social media video 2013 he said, "One in three marriages started on social media last longer", Erik Qualman also said in the same video that, "One in five couples meet online". The internet does not destroy relationships, but instead creates new relationships. Although people say that social media destroys relationships, Erik Qualman proved that the internet does not just destroy relationships between people, but brings people together to and sometimes it is better because they last longer when they meet online instead of in person.