Social media’s takeover

COMMENTARY BY
MARY BAURKOT

The popular social media website Facebook recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary. This milestone has sparked much debate about how social media has affected us throughout the years.
From Facebook, we have seen the rise of other social media sites like Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and many more. Each social media site accumulates millions of users around the world, and each site allows those who use it as an opportunity to connect with these people whom they would never encounter otherwise. Social media also helps people keep in touch. Whether it be an old high school friend you have not gotten to see in a while, a family member from another state who you do not get to see often or even someone you do not know at all, social media allows you to keep track of people’s lives even when you may not physically be a part of their lives.
Social media is a place to express who you are. It is a place where you are encouraged to express your thoughts and feelings, but sometimes only in 140 characters or fewer.
Although social media has affected us for the better, it has also affected us for the worse. With the rise of social media, we have also seen the rise of cyber bullying. People tend to be much bolder behind a computer screen than in front of a person.
It could also be said that some people tend to confuse their virtual reality with their actual reality. They tend to care too much about how many likes they get on their Instagram pictures or how many followers they have on Twitter. We tend to forget what truly matters at the end of the day. Ask yourself this: how many Facebook friends do you have? Now ask yourself this: how many of those Facebook friends do you actually talk to? Let that sink in.  The number of likes or followers you have on social media does not amount to who you are. Do not forget that.
Social media has truly affected us all in more ways than one. But honestly, the way that social media affects you is the way you choose to let it.

Contact the writer:
mary.baurkot@scranton.edu

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