Five Problems With Social Media
- Oversharing – In today’s world with everyone knowing your business thanks to social media people have forgotten privacy. In many cases this has started more trouble than it is truly worth. People have often forgotten how to handle ill remarks with dignity and grace, something that wouldn’t have necessarily happened in the past with word of ill gossip. Too often something you don’t want others to know is spread all over the planet, that’s something that you can’t easily recover from.
- Too Connected – People tend to spend hours on social media and forget those they are with. It is amazing at the number of people I have seen on dates staring at their phones rather than talking to their partners. Social media has made face time disposable. Everyone is more concerned with what is going on elsewhere rather than what is happening right in front of them. Without people there is no social media; paying attention to those in front of you creates what you crave. If you insist on being a part of social media do something worth posting about. You’ll find your life richer for the effort.
- Neglect – This one goes with the second point. By neglecting people, you are neglecting yourself and your future – not to mention social media. I’m not saying, that you have to be a social butterfly, but paying attention to those with you has greater benefits than staring at a screen. Put the phone down when at a concert or theme park. Look your date in the eye. Watch your children playing in the yard – who do you think they look to when it comes to how they should behave. That screen won’t help you when you are ill, nor will it comfort you in a cold bed.
- Thin Skinned – People have become so easily offended that it’s nauseating. No one is forcing you to look at something you don’t like. There was a time when we were taught “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything.” This social nicety has been left in the dust. Our society has become more volatile because of it. Volatility leads to destruction and that is something that we don’t need as a human race. If people returned to more traditional values, we have a chance at lasting a few more generations. With the advent of social media, people no longer have the ability to brush off a callous word. The either take offense or burst into uncontrollable sobbing. Both of which have become tiresome actions that very few tolerate anymore. Not that I can blame them. Not everyone is going to like you – that was a fact that we used to accept. It was that we could roll with. We need to start doing that again.
- Distant – Due to the overuse of social media we have become more distant as a species rather than closer to our fellow man. Any more it seems that all I see is people their view of things rather than compassion and understanding of those who are different. The more distant we become with others the more chaotic the world will become.