Professor, Gary Steel
27 November 2012
Social Media Equals Dangers
Every day, people are on social media like robots. It is as if the world never existed without it. Social media’s gain in popularity is both exciting and alarming. Facebook is the most popular social media today. “Facebook currently has 901 million active users worldwide.” (Curtan) People sit on sites like Facebook all day and interact with friends and strangers worldwide. Wilber said, “For many people that are stuck at home, for whatever reason, social media opens new doors. Due to the fact that there is a high unemployment rate, I find that there are so many people on different ...view middle of the document...
Often, people hide their identity online to fit in to the scene. People use tools like Photoshop to create these false images. There are many stories of people being killed or committing suicide because of their social media interactions. “Carlson said, He found my house by looking at pictures of my neighborhood on my Facebook. He walked around downtown until he saw my building.” (Dobbs) This was a confession from an online predator.
In real life, these same people would never give out their personal information, but online they are all too often freely sharing it with people they do not even know. Social media creates an environment for many people to act irresponsibly. People are addicted to it like a drug. “A 2011 estimate cited by the U.S. Army states that "98 percent of the intel Al-Qaeda collects is from open source, including social networks and blogs.” (Fowler) The same people are often up late at night on social media and neglect their responsibilities. This type of addictive and risky behavior is a recipe for disaster. “A post by a tech-savvy grandmother about the details of a unit's upcoming deployment can lead to the accidental disclosure of sensitive information about troop movements.” (Fowler) Social media and the internet have destroyed relationships, jobs, and even marriages. “The internet and social media are wonderful inventions, but they are also destructive in nature when used irresponsibly.” (Sexton, JenniferEnglish, Marlanda)
Children are so connected today that social media is at their fingertips. Often, parents do not check their children’s activities online. Today, many families do not spend time together. Both parents work to make ends meet. The family structure is already strained, and social media being so easy to get lost in, can destroy children’s lives. “Mental stability is negatively influenced by social media” (ThoughtPick.com) Parents can help youth with monitoring online activity at home. However, young adults make up a large percentage of those using social media. Young adults move away from home and begin to enjoy their freedoms. Predators look for people to take advantage of all the time. Young adults are easily enticed by sex, loan sharks, religious cults, and many more things. Social media is just another media to make it easier for these predators to prey on innocent victims. “A man who created a fake Facebook account to lure a teenage animal lover into bushland before killing her has been sentenced to at least 21 years in jail. Christopher James Dannevig, 22, pleaded guilty last year to the murder of Nona Belomesoff, 18, near Campbelltown on May 12, 2010.” (Louise) Victims do not have to be children or young adults. Senior citizens and mature adults can fall victim to these same social issues and social predators.
Advertising on social media is just as disturbing as some the personal photos users of social media share with each other. Not all social media sites track their members’...