Based on the materials presented in class and your own background knowledge and experiences, do you think social media has overall had a more positive or negative impact on the world?
I think that social media has had a negative impact on the world. As social media platforms continue to grow larger, the refutation it has on society grows along side it.
Begining with Nirosa and Chiromiya’s presentation, cyber bullying exists in various forms including malicious rumors, social exclusion and psychological, physical, and emotional stress. This wide variety of bullying is a big reason why over 50% of American teenagers fall victim to it. What makes cyber bullying such a big deal is because it exists on technology platforms. Social media platforms are the biggest home grounds for cyber bullying to prevail. It gives cyber bullying the power to exist 24/7 and providing bullies a larger audience to cast their damaging material. Alongside the permanence of anything posted on the internet, it may also cause inflicting pain to victims. As a result, victims are much more vulnerable because they can’t evade from attacks unless they completely disconnect from the online world. Even on cell phones and smartphones, they are vulnerable.
Moving onto Andrew and Selena’s presentation. They talked about the ability to be anonymous on social media. Due to the freedom that is given to users, it has given them the power to spread hateful content in many forms throughout the internet. The primary reason for this is due to the fact that people can hide their identities by creating fake accounts. By creating fake accounts, it gives users the ability to post whatever they want without bringing any negative consequences upon themselves. There is no easy solution to this issue either. Although social media platforms have begun censoring what they believe is malicious behavior as well as deleting accounts, these actions have done close to nothing when looking at the issues of cyber bullying as a whole.
To conclude, there is a strong connection that can be made with the 2 topics that were previously covered. One topic talked about how online anonymity can encourage cyber bullying because of freedom and ease users have online. While the second topic covers the negative impacts that cyber bullying can have on people. The negative impacts cyber bullying causes towards people along with the ease of it actually being done is why it has a negative impact on the world. I believe a big reason why social media sites are so influential is due to the evolution of technology. As technology has evolved, it has become easier for people to access these social media platforms which is why the have become so controlling and powerful over today’s society.