Let us all confess we spend hours of time on ‘Social Media’….irrespective of how busy our schedules could be…I mean that is where the ‘world’ basically IS…Such that when there is a trending news and everybody is talking about it and you have not heard about it…..everybody looks at you and be like ‘Have you been living under the rock?’
We live in a day and age where many people work via social media, I mean there are bloggers, YouTubers among others who are making a living out of social media and thus we cannot dispute the importance of this innovation. However, just like everything has its advantages and disadvantages, so does Social Media. The wisdom is in knowing how to use it.
Anyone in their 20s at the moment will agree that growing up, the buzz of social media was not there…talking about from the ages of 10 to 17 years ish. Social media only became very popular about 6 to 7 years ago. However, for those who are probably in their teens now, they grew up with the buzz. For instance, I opened a Facebook account when I was 18 years almost turning 19 but my very little sister had Facebook when she was about 9 to 10 years old…..LOOK AT THAT DIFFERENCE!
My decision to have social media accounts was primarily to connect with my friends from secondary school at the time and probably old time friends but as the years went by, I find myself using social media more than just chatting people, I mean I run a blog now and plan to do more with Social Media. When it comes to entertaining myself or knowing whats up with other people (including public figures I admire), I follow them especially on Instagram like their pictures, inspiring quotes they share, funny videos (which I tag friends to laugh with) among others or just browse through my explore page keeping myself abreast with what is happening in other parts of the world, in my country of origin (Ghana) among others.
On the other hand, I see many things on Social Media which makes me wonder what the intent was in the first place. I see pictures of young girls dressed almost naked twerking and doing all sorts for attention. Also, I see people trolling celebrities just because of a picture they posted. One thing I learned at a very early age is that ‘If you do not have anything nice to say then do not say it at all. Many people hide behind mobile phones to insult people they could not even walk up to in real life…I see people fighting each other in comment sections saying all sorts of things to each other all in the name of ‘getting their points across’, I see people posting pictures of dead bodies at accident scenes, I see people posting videos with extremely ‘graphic content’, I see people posting videos of other engaging in fights among others.
Many people have LOST IT because of the urge to be the first to post something about a trending topic or to gain traffic to their blogs or pages. Where did this come from?
Furthermore, the younger generation might fall prey to antics such as following some so-called celebrities whose lifestyles may practically not send any positive message to their followers thus falling into the trap of wishing and hoping their lives were the same as theirs. I always tell anyone who cares to listen that it is very important to draw a very thick line between reality and fakery because the latter exists a lot on social media these days and I am quite sure it is not going to stop anytime soon.
I can go and on about this issue but I would like to end quickly by saying, don’t let social media turn you into something you are not, because at the end of the day, whatever you portray there may come back to haunt you; either good or bad. When we finally meet you in person, will your online presence match your personality? And will your thousands/millions of followers want to engage with you the same way they did with you online or otherwise? Stay WOKE.
P.S. I am still accepting entries for my upcoming project #lifeafteruniversityseries from anyone who has left university…irrespective of whatever stage in life you are now, I would like to hear from you. Just email me firstname.lastname@example.org
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