Social media has become a huge part of a lot of people’s lives. I love Facebook and Instagram as much as the next person, but I also know that having those accounts can come with a small price to pay and have negative impacts.
I check my social media accounts every single day, and I don’t even have to think twice about doing it. It’s like it’s become such an instinct–a habit–to check them all the time. While I do spend a lot of time on these websites, I am careful to what I post on them. Privacy can be a big problem when it comes social media. If you don’t really think about what you’re posting and write personal information about yourself, like where you live, your phone number, then you could always be an open target to something like stalking.
The biggest one that everyone knows of is cyber-bullying. With certain websites, like, Ask.fm or Tumblr, for example, you have the option to send someone a message anonymously. Having this option isn’t always a good thing. People can send you hateful comments without you ever knowing who they are. Even without having the option to be anonymously, cyber-bullying is still a huge thing that happens everyday.
Another negative impact it can have is lowering people’s self esteem. For a lot of people, they will see photoshopped pictures of a model, or celebrity, and wish they could be like that. They might see a makeup advertisement in a magazine or on TV and will think is they get that makeup, then they will be prettier.
The last negative effect of social media I have for you is work ethic. Being productive at work, or maybe even at school, has decreased due to social media because people want to be on their phones or computers and checking the latest post on Facebook on Instagram. They become less interested in what they’re supposed to be doing.
While social media has it’s negative effects, I don’t think it’s all bad. I think it’s great! We can connect with people we haven’t seen in a long time, maybe family who doesn’t live near you. It can all be good and convenient, I think, until it gets in the way of your daily life. If it’s stopping you from doing work that you know you should absolutely be doing, if it’s taking away time from your family, then it might be a good idea to cut back on the time spent on social media a bit.