Social Media - A Responsibility
Im not going to beat about the bush, and get straight to the point here about something I've been meaning to share!
So we all know that in the past couple of years, the number of people using the internet has increased exponentially. People using the internet aren't just sitting in big cities, but even small towns and range from around 11 to 60+ years of age..which is a lot. For most of these people internet means whatsapp and facebook, AND THEN MAY BE some other forms of social media and that's about it. There's only a very small percentage of people that use the internet for other reasons.
The fact that most people are getting knowledge about and access to the rest of the world through facebook puts a responsibility on us, each one of us. Every single one of us commenting, sharing and liking things on our pages ends up on other pages and that's a very easy way of knowledge transfer. Hence, we must understand that once we share something, it goes a long way with more people watching than we realize. With the sort of fast-speed sharing we have nowadays, every single voice is powerful and each one of us has influence which is exactly WHY we need to be skeptical about the information we are spreading. And here is where we need to be mindful of the content we make, share and comment on.
I'm trying to say that every article, video, and picture on the internet suggesting 'facts' may not exactly be stating 'facts' or any quote by Einstein and Rumi may not actually be by them, lol. It's easy to make things up and make it viral. A lot of us may be smart enough to understand the difference but a lot of people aren't - and that specially includes older people, CHILDREN and small town internet users and DOES NOT exclude educated people.
Naturally, when we see something on the internet that aligns with how we think, and what we believe in we enthusiastically share and like it because we want to believe its true and it makes us happy to find evidence to support our opinions. However, sharing such information without any homework is pretty...dumb since we're being fooled and further fooling others.
To avoid this we must always be skeptical about the information we see on social media. Always ask ourselves, "Is this really true?" That is the first step to not only becoming responsible users of social media, but also becoming more aware and better informed people.
I may be an influencer on social media, but I need YOU to understand that even you, ANY individual using social media has influence. So when you share, think about whether
- A. Does it really resonate with your feelings?
- B. Is it really worth sharing?
- C. Is it true?
- D. Does it directly hurt anyone?
- E. Does it humor a serious issue which should not be humored?
- F. What sort of influence will this post have?
Because TRUST ME, internet and social media IS A HUGE part of our lives now and with that comes responsibility upon people, you and me, to be smarter and prove to be more socially aware global citizens than people before us. We need to be aware, and make children aware of how to use the internet correctly because we can't stop them or ourselves from using it, so might as well use it for all the right reasons. Ignorance isn't something we can afford anymore. Hope you get what I'm saying!
Love and Positive Vibes,