I've decided to do a 30 day writing challenge for fun as well as keep the creative juices flowing.
Day one is:
"5 Problems With Social Media"
I love Social Media, it has opened up my world more as a Deafblind person. No longer am I limited to learning about what's going on in the world to just my 5 foot "bubble" of what I can see or hear around me. Social Media has allowed me to meet other people and communicate easily as well as not being prejudged by my disabilities.
But that's not the challenge today. So here's my list of 5 problems with Social Media:
1. Less Live Social Interaction
Like the picture indicates, people have pretty much stopped talking to each other face-to-face. I've seen whole families at restaurant tables all glued to their screens and not acknowledging each other. So are the days of knowing your "neighbors" and social interactions at ballgames and other events over?
2. Unreliable Information
There's more and more false websites and accounts popping up that relishes spreading false news and rumors. Sadly there's also a lot of people who believe these sites.
To keep yourself from falling into this trap just fact check them on snopes.com, or just use plain common sense, which seems be getting rarer these days.
3. Lack of Privacy
With a lot of people owning smartphones with cameras, there's a growing lack of privacy in our lives. More and more videos and pictures are popping up online of people caught in "incriminating" activities.
Y'all might think this is a good thing....sure it is, but instead of right then to act on it, stopping it, or helping, they're posting it anonymously and way after the fact. So where's the community accountability there? The irony of exposing people but keeping themselves hidden.
There are also thieves who troll local people that announce their plans or "check in" to places. They'll know when they're not home and raid your place.
4. Staying Anonymous
People get to hide behind their keyboards and say awful crap about others without fear of retribution. These "trolls" contribute nothing but hate, hurt, and stupidity across the internet. Cowards who wouldn't dare to say the same stuff to one's face in real life.
They live off of the excitement of riling up others online. Y'all just got to treat them like the bullies they are, ignore them, don't even acknowledge them with a reply. Block them and move on with your life.
We get hooked on spending hours scrolling through social media, or online games that we become unproductive in our real life. Instead of hours playing games could we be getting some work done, learning a new hobby, exercising, meeting new people, or other more productive activities?
I know I fall into that trap too, but I'm learning to cut back. I've deleted all my Facebook games and deleted unproductive websites and social accounts.
So there's my first writing challenge. I challenge you to do the same.
"One finds limits by pushing them" ~ Herbert Simon