When Social Media Goes Wrong

Social MediaI love social media for the possibilities that it offers. I love the fact that it allows me in my personal capacity to communicate with friends and family on the other side of the world. I also like the possibility of how it allows me to be an author of my own work without having to pay an arm and a leg for such services, to create or recreate myself (which I think flirts with the danger of not being honest in who we are). In these sentences, I realise that these are my fancies of social media and not everyone has the same ideals and likes as I do.

What is the purpose of social media for you? I think ultimately the governing question should be, “what do I want to achieve through social media?” It’s amazing how many times it becomes a means of and for destruction. By destruction I don’t mean deconstruction, by unpacking an issue at hand and then offering alternatives that are constructive or offer an alternative way of looking at the issue or putting it into practice. By destructive I mean completely humiliating and breaking down a person or institute of by posting what you are feeling at the moment. It’s neither helpful nor wise.

I also am of the opinion that social media is the easy way out, in the way that we no longer have to confront the person directly. Our opinions on social media is ultimately premeditated, as it is something we think about before we post it. It therefore is frightening to think what people think before they pen it and often what we say lacks context and content and therefore neither gives an accurate nor honest frame of reference.

So while social media, as some people say, may be neutral (although most of it were designed for a specific purpose, therefore I wonder how neutral that can be?), I realise that it can be either beneficial in constructing new paradigms and realities or destructive by breaking down without rebuilding.

So what is your take on it? This is just me thinking out aloud!

Proverbs 10:19 “Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.”


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