Is social media really that bad?
Technology just started to bloom when we, as a generation, were born. It was still in the early stages, but soon it took over all of our lives. When it developed into what we know it as today’s technology, social media – websites and computer programs that allow people to communicate and share information on the internet using a computer or mobile phone (https://www.google.com/amp/s/dictionary.cambridge.org/amp/english/social-media) started to shine and it also became a job to many people all over the world.
I believe that nobody thought that social media would have such an impact on us. You can publish anything that you want and it will either be successful or a complete flop. There are millions of talented people in the world, but somehow not all of them are successful online. Why? You have to be original, and in my opinion, you have to be yourself, to be successful and to go viral – used to describe something that quickly becomes very popular or well known by being published on the internet or sent from person to person by email, phone, etc. (https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/viral). Especially online where thousands of people are doing the same thing over and over again. You have to be persistent and you must use your imagination. That is becoming extremely stressful to some people, especially teenagers who are discovering themselves and the world around them. It doesn’t even have to be their job, but just posting a picture online and obsessing over the number of likes is enough to wake up big problems, especially mental health problems, which are even more distributed nowadays.
Furthermore, the problem with accuracy and truth is always there. How do we know if something online is true or not? Social media has become the main source of news, as said in the article that we mentioned (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/biases-make-people-vulnerable-to-misinformation-spread-by-social-media/). How and why do we 100% believe what is written? There are so many misinformations, so many conspiracy theories – a theory that rejects the standard explanation for an event and instead credits a covert group or organization with carrying out a secret plot (https://www.dictionary.com/browse/conspiracy-theory). Of course, technology and social media are the ones who are following people who use the Internet, so they have to make it somewhat true and accessible, otherwise nobody would use it or believe what is written.
Moreover, it is becoming scary how our phones are practically listening and watching everything we say and do during the day. It then changes our algorithms, a set of mathematical instructions or rules that, especially if given to a computer, will help to calculate an answer to a problem (https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/algorithm) and literally serves us what we just talked about. It remebers what we searched for, even if you delete your search history, it remembers how long you looked at a photo, a meme – an idea, image, video, etc. that is spread very quickly on the Internet (https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/meme), how fast you scrolled past something you’re not interested in and it curates your feed – the place to view the posts that are created and shared by the people, groups, or pages you follow on social media (https://knowledgebase.constantcontact.com/articles/KnowledgeBase/6260-definition-of-common-social-media-terms?lang=en_US) perfect just for you.
There are countless of risks, as does everything in this world, but on the other hand, there are also many beautiful things online and I think that is what keeps us coming back to social media. No matter how bad things are, there is always something that is worth going back.
-Social media – https://www.google.com/amp/s/dictionary.cambridge.org/amp/english/social-media
-the article – https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/biases-make-people-vulnerable-to-misinformation-spread-by-social-media/
-Algorithm – a set of mathematical instructions or rules that, especially if given to a computer, will help to calculate an answer to a problem https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/algorithm
-Meme – an idea, image, video, etc. that is spread very quickly on the internet (https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/meme)
-Conspiracy theory – a theory that rejects the standard explanation for an event and instead credits a covert group or organization with carrying out a secret plot
-viral – used to describe something that quickly becomes very popular or well known by being published on the internet or sent from person to person by email, phone, etc
-feed – the place to view the posts that are created and shared by the people, groups, or pages you follow on social media
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