We are able to put our voice out there. Freedom of speech is more powerful than ever. You can make a difference by just posting about a certain criminal incident or sharing a photo of a missing child. It has really brought about a new and more efficient way of communication. Keeping in touch with friends is now easier than ever, even if you’re literally thousands of miles away. Organizing events costs less effort since all you need to do is press a button to send an invite to thousands of people who can also invite thousands more. Venturing into the business world is easier since you don’t even need a physical shop. All you need is a social media page to sell items. Shopping is also more convenient since there are now so called Instagram shops and online sites where buying things you wouldn’t necessarily be able to have access to are now within your reach.
Unfortunately, the beautiful and wonderful world of social media also has its own version of hell.
You see, social media has brought our world to be more narcissistic. When posting a new picture or tweet, it becomes a contest of who gets the most number of likes. We post way too much about ourselves and get trapped in our own world, thinking that we are the center of the universe, thus magnifying our own problems. We forget there’s a life beyond our own, and instead of complaining about all these things, we should be trying to look for a way to fix the problems we have and that of our society.
Social media can also lower people’s self esteem. Stalking all these different people, you start to feel jealous and ashamed of what you look like or what you have achieved. You question why you were not gifted physically. You start to think of yourself as someone beneath these people because you believe that they are better than you. Just as achievements can be easily advertised, one mistake can cost a person lasting consequences because something you have carelessly or unthinkingly done in an insane moment can ruin your career or personal life for a long, long time.
Having multiple social media accounts have also become a great distraction in our life. We spend more time in these sites instead of doing other more important things like school work and spending quality time with our families.
Most of all, social media has made the world quite a bit more materialistic and shallow. It has become like a daily showcase where we watch how good people look in photos which have been most probably edited, and say words that they don’t always mean. We are all so trapped in this whole new world where we try to conform and portray socially pleasing images of ourselves, forgetting to really live out a meaningful and purpose-driven life.
In the end, for teens and adults alike, using social media is all about moderation: distinguishing entertainment time, work time and knowing when you should put down your phone or tablet. It’s finding the balance between the importance of face-face engagement versus enmeshing yourself in the cyber world of social media to get things done faster. Everything has its pros and cons, and it’s important for people to just have the self-control to not abuse a good thing, ‘cause too much of a good thing is a bad thing!