Social Media: Friend or Foe?

Social media sites are not always the friendliest places to visit.


With so many changes in the world, it may seem that social media is a place where everyone and anyone can say what is on their mind without giving a thought to who will be hurt by their comments. It does seem that the social platforms used by many are now a tool to say the most blatant things. Often things are said by someone online that the same person might never say in person to anyone.




If social media makes some bolder: It might be a good thing in certain cases if a person becomes a little bolder because they use social media. Some have found they are able to be in contact with others who have similar beliefs or feelings. This is often helpful for those needing support.

Others may use social medial to point out what they don’t like about a person or a group of people. The statements are often rude and hurtful, however, they are often allowed unless reported. Social media sites do remove some remarks that seem too hateful, but many comments or statements are allowed to remain.

In recent months, many have used social media sites to end friendships. Imagine being friends with someone for years, then learning that, due to a difference of opinion, you are now not friends. No more talking at work, on the bus, in the public places that you once visited together. Does any of this make sense?




While there are certainly situations where we would not want to be friends with particular ones for various reasons, maybe we should all think twice. Are we really so wanting to control some people in our lives that we think they absolutely must think like us? Walk like us? Talk like us?

What about social media sites shared where friends and family visit? Perhaps social media sites that are frequented by our family members and friends would not be the best place to air our personal views about everything in the world. Or, if we do, would it be possible to soften what we have to say? This could mean phrasing statements in a better way. For instance, is there really any reason for cursing when we make a statement about someone we don’t like? Isn’t it often sufficient to just say we don’t agree with the view of someone and move along?

We have all read suggestions that we should exercise caution about personal information when it comes to social media pages of any sort. Don’t show pictures of personal objects and property. Don’t share the names of your children and the locations of their schools. Yet, daily we can visit a social page and see someone has done exactly what the security experts suggest we do not do.

Is it possible that those suggesting we do not be rude or intimidating to our family and friends on social pages will also be ignored by many? We all know the answer to this question through experiences we have had.

Sadly, it seems some do not think you have a right to express your thoughts. You might share a legitimate concern on a social site only to hear from many who are critical of your post. However, they will certainly want you to read their thoughts, although these might be the complete opposite of what you would agree with.

Hopefully, any social site used will be of benefit to those reading this information. Some have enjoyed connecting with people in other areas. Others like to connect with those who are involved in the same sports, religious or political activities, or who work in the same field. In such cases, social sites can be a valuable tool.




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