Recently Developed Social Networking are Corrosive to the Real Society
The world is rapidly changing especially with the dynamic nature of the technological environment where everything is going digital leaving non behind. From computer technology to mobile phone technology, the world has become a global village where everything is done through networking irrespective of the geographical differences (Straubhaar, LaRose and Davenport 47). Precisely, communication has been made easier than before because people who are geographically located aloof can still communicate within a short span of time. A mail sent a minute ago can receive feedback in a jiffy without necessarily having to wait for days or weeks or even months like it was some centuries ago. People who would otherwise never meet one another face to face can now easily communicate with one another and get to know themselves within a short period. In particular, social networking such as Twitter, Facebook, and other social threads has played a major role in bringing people together. Businesses are booming due to the ease of connectivity and closeness with potential buyers and friends can easily find their long lost friends through the social media. However, while the fuss about social media continues, the real society is at the verge of losing its moral values due to the corrosiveness of these social threads. This argument forms the basis of my argument in this essay with the aim of unraveling the real deal behind social media that could pose danger to the real society by corroding all its moral values.
Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace among other social networks are recently the major platforms that allow individuals who hail from different localities to find and connect with just anyone at anytime and anywhere. However, while everyone seems too excited about these threads, there is a lurking danger that could in one way or the other help to destroy the society. For instance, considering the ease with which people just click to find, connect, and begin to get casual with one another and creating relationships, the danger of creating false sense of connection is real. This is because; recently developed social media have made it hard for people to tell the difference between real relationships and those that are not real (Straubhaar, LaRose & Davenport 43). While real relationships have a sense of meaningful interaction, unreal relationships, which are numerous in today’s society, are simply casual relationships with a strong impact on the youths of today.
In fact, it is not just youths who fall victims in this scenario. Rather, a number of people focus so much on these relationships to an extent that they begin to forget about the real relationships in their real life. It is not surprising to find an individual spending almost half of his or her day just chatting with their friends while they cannot afford a few minutes to spend with their real friends. Some individuals even send money to their friends when they have never even met without even thinking twice about their actions. Several individuals have been caught unaware flirting with their friends, a fact that has lead to many broken marriages and friendships (Parker 23). Besides, some people even get so close to people they barely know to an extent of meeting them in privacy, which is certainly dangerous because some individuals have evil minds and might have the intent of causing harm to others.
Cases of cyber-bullying have recently increased because of the fact that social networks have provided a platform where predators can easily find vulnerable individuals to threaten and intimidate. In many cases, cyber-bullying involve the most susceptible populace who are the school children with no idea of such individuals with the intention of terrorizing and intimidating them (Batten, Li and Niu 14). Usually, they disguise themselves with pen names in a bid to hide their identity as well as to remain anonymous from those who know them. As such, they prey for their victims online and perpetrate their assaults online without necessarily being noticed. Schoolchildren fall victims due to the rapidness with which social media allows people who barely know one another to connect and start chatting. The society stands a chance to lose because children who have so far encountered online bullying have had the effect of devastation, which leaves such people with a lasting mental disturbance that could hurt them for the rest of their lives.
Some reports even indicate that such victims are highly vulnerable to committing suicide due to the mental scars they are exposed to by the bullies. In some cases, social media has been blamed for making it easy for underage users of the social media to befriend with older people thus encouraging such relationships that spoil the society. For instance, young school girls and boys have become prey to rich men and women respectively who send them money and ask to meet them for sexual exploitation. Precisely, social media has increased the risk of young people falling victims to sexual abuse, which increases the risk of early pregnancy for ladies as well as the possibility of contracting sexually transmitted diseases in the case where they might be tricked to engage in sexual intercourse without the use of protection (Giudice, Peruta & Carayannis 66).
While businesses have reportedly been able to make huge profits by selling their products to a wide range of people because of the fact that social media has increased the possibility of attracting a wide range of customers across the globe (Parker 27). Clients can easily reach their business partners and make their business arrangements via private Facebook or Twitter accounts. However, social media has also lead to the loss of billions of money due to reduced productivity. This is because of the fact that social media is addictive in a manner that it draws the attention of workers from their routine work in their offices to keep chatting with their friends on the social networks. Others spend most of their time in office to check what is going on in their Facebook account and see what their friends are updating without concentrating with their tasks. This explains why certain businesses have introduced new technologies that blocks access to social media while at the premise to prevent idleness and encourage productivity.
Some businesses go to the extent of prohibiting the use of mobile phones in the premise essentially to encourage their commitment to their work and improve performance. On the same note, students have also lost their focus in class and end up not getting what the teacher is teaching because most of their classroom time is spent checking their phones for new posts from their friends. In other words, social media has been identified as a major disruptive force that hampers performance among students (Straubhaar, LaRose & Davenport 41). If this continued to happen, then the society is at the risk of losing a lot in terms of money and other resources.
The social networks have significantly contributed to increased immorality in the contemporary society. In recent years, immoral behaviors and promiscuity among people tend to revolve around social media. Young and innocent children have easily been exposed to numerous immoralities because of the video clips and pictures that they see in the social networks. It is not only bullying, stalking, or harassment that the society today is worried about but the immoral exposure of young people (Batten, Li & Niu 46). Despite the control of explicit contents shared in the social media, a lot of such content keep streaming every second where young people access and begin to practice what they see either in video clips or explicit photos available in social media. Young ladies have reportedly posted photos of their own exposing their bodies because of the growing number and effect of socialites. The social network companies have not fully been able to control abuse of these threads by users with malicious intent and thus exposing young and vulnerable people to more harm. With regard to privacy, the social media has provided a platform for people to share their private social life with people they barely know. Some individuals have ended up losing their jobs simply because of the things they post in the social threads. Indeed, social media has done more harm than good.
Additionally, more detrimental effects of continuous use of social media are related with the growing rate of mental illnesses. As mentioned early, the social networks are addictive and continuous use of social media can have serious impact on the users. To be specific, recent researchers have unveiled that continuous use of social media especially Facebook increases the chances of negativity in one’s life due to frustrations (Parker 101). That is, when an individual starts conducting a self assessment and begin comparing his or her real circumstances with those of the social networks, one ends up becoming his or her own enemy because of the fact that, he or she realizes that the use of network only emphasizes the best experiences in his or her life, which are not sometimes real. However, when one looks critically at their life they see no direct relation. This problem may become more serious with time and affect the mental calmness of a person, which might lead to mental illnesses.
In conclusion, recently developed social media has indeed negatively affected the society. This essay has acknowledged that while social media has had several positive effects in the society, the negative impact of these threads have very devastating impacts on the society. The essay has clearly highlighted how susceptible the society is to corrosion due to social media. The corrosive effect of social media is depicted in various ways such as the ability to encourage illusive relationships and destroy real and meaningful relationships, cyber-bullying, reduced productivity among employees, and growing poor performance among students as well as misuse of social media, which encourages immorality among young people among other negative impacts of social networks. Therefore, this calls upon the government as well as social media network to help in regulating the use of social media as well as sensitize the public how productive they can use their social threads in a bid to create a meaningful life and allow friends to enjoy connecting with one another.
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