Why I (sometimes) hate social media

Posted: June 28, 2014 in My Opinion
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There are many reasons to not like social media. Sure, it has brought us all closer together and allows us to connect with others that we may never have met before. Social media allows us to stay on top of events in the world in general.

Yet, there are things that social media is not good for chief amongst this is just plain too much information. People seem to give up too much of themselves online. It has gotten to the point where anything that you say or do online can be used against you.

Recently, I was speaking with a career counselor from my alma mater and the first thing that he asked me was:

“Do you have a LinkedIn account?”

I answered in the affirmative and then a moment later he went online and found my account. He said my profile looked pretty good, by the way. Anyhow, this is just another example of how others can look you up online at any time. So, those of you posting random attacks, posting lewd pictures, and dirty jokes beware.

Someone is watching you.

I harken back to the days before computers became such an integral part of our lives. My friends and I would go outside to play baseball or basketball.

Outside. What a concept?

Today, we are all mired behind our computers checking out Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or any other social media platform that consumes us.

Here’s an idea: walk away from your computer!

Leave it for a little while anyway. Go outside. Reacquaint yourself with the sunshine and trees. They are still there and would probably enjoy your company.

Social media does have its place and is a great tool when it is used properly. But we should not let it dominate our lives. There is a whole world out there to see with our own eyes and not filtered through a computer screen.

So, who is ready for a beach trip?


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