The Highs and Lows of Social Media

CC: Creative Commons, MySign AG

CC: Creative Commons, MySign AG

Social media: “Websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.” from Oxford Languages. Although, it’s so much more than that! Social media can have consequences, good and bad, and it only takes you a little bit until you figure that out. 


   Many download social media’s  such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and Snapchat. They will download them because they’re popular, and it has consumed much of our time. It all depends on what you do with the app(s), and how you let it affect you. 


   Some could use social media to bring awareness to something or share their favorite memories with their friends (which is the most popular). It can also be a way of communication, and you can make several friends along the way. People can be really kind on social media, but what if they’re not? says “60% of young people have witnessed online bullying. Most do not intervene”. Cyber bullying is done mostly through social media. Some people choosen not to show kindness which can have a large impact on others, even if it’s something small. Say you post a picture of yourself, and someone comments something rude, bringing down your appearance, making you feel bad about yourself. This is why a lot of people have private accounts, allowing only your friends to see your posts, and you can trust that they won’t do this. 


   But, it’s not only what you post online of yourself, it’s also what you view. Some may see a post of someone having fun and enjoying themselves, while you may not be. It’s all about how you let it affect you.You only see what they post online, not what they’re life may be like behind the camera. For example, some may be jealous of seeing how “perfect” others lives are, but you can also see things that make you appreciate what you have. So, it’s all about how you view it. 


    Although social media is mostly viewed in a negative way, there are also many positive things to it. It can be a place to gather your memories, and check up on your friends. You may share positive messages on it or see others doing so. People can post about organizations. Or bring  awareness to something. Social media can help you view things from other people’s point of view. 


   Overall social media is all how you look at it and how you let it affect you. As long as you’re just having fun, but are still aware, it can be very helpful, positive, educational, and can give you a laugh