by Sanjana Shenoy and Isha Chakraborty
As you all know, social media is typically a paramount necessity in the lives of everyone you will ever meet. Not only is it a conduit between you and the outside world, but also a method of communication with your loved ones or internet friends you just met (BEWARE OF STRANGER DANGER). Social media is an safe outlet for feelings & ideas, and it spreads even faster than wildfire. Such as the Charlie Hebdo incident, shortly after the incident began, some people began to videotaped the disaster and uploaded the tragedy to Twitter. Within minutes, people all over the world were already informed about the fiasco.
Cyber bullying is a major problem in the world today. Even though it’s not preferred, there are millions of people out there afraid to be comfortable in their own skin because some stranger on the internet gave them reason not to. If everyone could just tell someone something nice about them everyday, it would make quite the difference in the world. Recently, on one of the school’s own laptops, a student decided to make a change for the good. We opened up the computer to see a document labeled ” Do Not Open,” so of course we opened it. Inside contained a list of inspirational quotes to get you through the day, and seeing that just made us feel a thousand times better. We can go to sleep knowing that there are things to look forward to, and adding to that list of encouragements really changed our lives for the better. Sure they may be cute little phrases like ” everyday may not be good, but there’s something good in every day ,” but they really do cheer you up. I know that this topic isn’t pertaining to social media, but it’s just an idea on making someone’s day better which social media still achieves.
After interviewing a number of people, we have come to a conclusion. Social media can have its positives as well as its negatives. It is positive in the way that it helps interacting with people and also keeping a barrier between them. It provides a stable global connection as well as a learning tool. It is negative in the sense that it can be distracting because it can take you away from your habitual activities and with the fun it comes with, it also has its dangers. It may seem unnecessary and cumbersome for kids under 12 to ask their parents for registration to websites, but it really is for their own good. As older sisters and brothers, take it as our responsibility to make sure our younger siblings are safe in this big world out there.
Even though there are bad prospects to social media, don’t let that stop you! All things have their bad perspectives and it makes you embrace the good in them. To reiterate, social media is a global connector allowing you to experience parts of the world like you’ve never seen before, and we encourage you to join that journey.