In today’s generation that we live in, social media is one of the biggest and most popular in our cyber world these days. Social media has its ups and downs, and I have written about the ups most of the time, but what has come to my attention about social media these days is how we use it, how we portray ourselves on the world wide web. Each one of us who are in the social networking aspect of the internet, where there are people who share everything and every single moment of their lives, and even posting pictures of everything, and being irresponsible about the content people share, and offending, terrorizing an individual or many people, posting inappropriate videos of others, posting derogatory photos that should not surface on the internet and it happens. Now, mostly everyone has the technology of digital cameras, video cameras, smartphones with cameras and video, and among other gadgets that catch peoples most vulnerable and embarrassing state, and social media can really ruin someones reputation. Technology has evolved, and advanced so much that people create, and make such tasteless photos, and Photoshop people in disgusting and thoughtless ways.
Nowadays, to seek employment take a lot of researching of that individual and when we write someones name in the search box, and find out so much about a person, and they click on links that direct them to that person who is looking for employment, for example, they see that person with an alcohol bottle in their hands, they see a drunken time, they watch a video of you being foolish and intoxicated, that persons chances of getting that job is slim to none due to one persons careless mistake by posting those things which can cost you your reputation in the employment, professional and your overall life, and say when they research for another name and they see that they do not have photos or inappropriate links and on they see great things of that person, they will automatically ask that person to come for an interview and assessment and that person will have a greater chance at finding employment and the employer will want to choose someone that will take care of their company and give that company a great name. Say your friend posted that video or someone in your community that is close to you does all that, then that means they aren’t really your friends, if they post embarrassing moments online for the world to see which can damage you for life.
Whatever we post on the internet is permanent. Even if we delete something, a website, comments, photos, videos, and other things, it never goes away. No matter how long ago you posted it. The internet can be a dangerous playground of strangers, and strange chat-rooms you enter and you see all these strange names, alias’ and other terrible things, and then what you say, do that is wrong to do, can jeopardize your life. So always think before you act and think before you press that post, send, submit, buttons, and better yet, think before you type. Some things are meant to be private and the whole world doesn’t need to know what you do every single moment, not everyone needs to know the dates you will be traveling, among so many other important things that can compromise your safety and your family’s safety. It is imperative that you always be careful before you post whether its blogging, face-booking, tweeting, and doing and saying something that later you may regret and that person you write about will find out in some way and just be shocked about what is being said and what is being seen.
The bottom line on social media is that we are responsible for the content we choose to share no matter at what angle you look at it. Even if you try to hide your identity, and put up fake names and profiles, everyone has an ISP and IP number of their computers, and smartphones are built in with their own codes, numbers that can verify who that offensive and terrible remark, photos, video or picture was posted at. Authorities and others who are really into technology and who are tech doctors can easily find everything out and you will be responsible for it. You are always caught, no matter how you try to hide it, make a run for it, the content is permanent. Social media can mean so many things to so many people, and some people use it to hate on others, do cyber bullying, find a random person and terrorize them, build websites and offend people, and some people use media in a terrible and tasteless way which to me is unacceptable and there is no excuse for behavior like that.
Always be cautious, safe and do not put something online that can cost you in the future, it can cost you your name and your reputation. Reputation is so important to upkeep and it is a difficult thing especially when you land in the wrong crowd, get influenced by the behavior in that group is something that needs to be dealt with. The internet can either make you or break you and you do not want to be broken. Responsibility is something we all need to have or else if something is posted online which shouldn’t be there can damage your credibility, and future especially the person who is on those photos, videos and Photoshopped items.
Have you been a victim? What has social media taught you? Would love to hear from you on what you think Social Media is to you? What are dangers of it? If I missed anything let me know. Thank you and much appreciated. Wishing everybody all the best and remember it is all in your hands on how you want to use social media. Take care!