Like technology, our species has adapted to fit modern times. Through these adaptations, we have begun to communicate through our newly developed technology by means of social media. In today’s society, we are surrounded by sites such as Facebook, Twitter, E-Mail, and various other websites that can often times consume our lives. While social media has plenty of advantages, it also has disadvantages that often times get ignored. As Internet users, it is important to examine these disadvantages and make sure we understand the negative sides to social media.
As social media has become the easiest way to communicate, face-to-face interaction is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Many people, especially those in the Digital Native generation, draw back from real life interaction and have found a safe haven behind a computer screen. Here, they feel that they can be whoever they want to be and say whatever they want to say. While this can have some benefits, the cons outweigh the pros. It is no coincidence that in the last five decades, suicide rates have increased by 60% around the world (World Health Organization). It is likely that technology and social media have influenced this number, especially just within the last 10 years. Bullying is a major cause of suicide. Often times, bullying can be included in face-to-face interaction, but sometimes, these acts can be taken in to the cyber world. Websites that have anonymous message features like Tumblr can be used for bullying. Some users receive daily messages filled with hatred. In the past, students were able to escape their bullies by going home after school. There, they could have a night free of bullying. Now that these websites exist, bullies are given a new platform to constantly harass their victims. Seven out of every 100,000 adolescents ages 15 to 19 took their own lives in 2007 (NIMH). Since then, the rates have only increased.
Because adolescents are growing up with more access to social networking, texting and instant messaging on various sites have become prime means of communication. While this is not necessarily bad, many people feel the need to over-share things about their personal lives online. More and more people are using Facbeook and more and more employers are using Facebook to scope out potential employees. If there are inappropriate pictures and comments all over someone’s Facebook page, they are more likely to not receive the job. Some students get in trouble for things they post on Facebook and Twitter. Some users are beginning to notice this and have started deactivating their accounts to regain a sense of privacy. CNN’s article “The anti-social network: Life without Facebook”, states that some students who are trying to maintain a professional image for future employment are deleting their pages.
Going along with the privacy issue, some people feel that they no longer want to share personal things with their...