30 Day Writing Challenge – Day One
So I saw the above list on Facebook and decided it was worth giving a go. Every day for the month of April, I’ll be putting together a short blog on the chosen topic. But of course since I have a life and responsibilities, I might have written it a few days in advance and scheduled it to appear on my blog for the right day! So, with that in mind, here’s today’s blog.
“1. Five problems with social media”
- Privacy. Too many people on social media don’t understand the concept of privacy, and for all you can protect your own accounts as much as possible, you still have to rely on people not doing things like posting photos of you that you’d rather not share with other people.
- Keyboard warriors. It’s really easy to abuse someone from the safety of your own home, miles from the person you’re abusing. So much so that even the quietest of people in real life can throw abuse around where they otherwise wouldn’t. Honestly, about 90% of these abusers would wilt if you put them in the same room as the person they’re abusing. But online? It’s all too easy.
- Groupthink. Because you pick your followers, chances are you follow people who share your interests and usually share your opinion on a majority of issues. So when you discuss something on social media, all that really happens is you get agreeable replies for the most part. It’s all too easy to form a consensus among the group of people that you follow, even if that consensus is completely wrong.
- Distraction. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat… they’re all more interesting than most of the things we should be doing, so of course we choose to spend time on them instead. No doubt to the detriment of what we should be doing. You know, like work, or spending time with your family, or talking to the friends in the same room as you.
- Clickbait. Click here to read more about something eye-catching! Click. Here’s the first thing, click next for the second! If you can find the next button in among all the adverts that is. Click again for number three. Click again for number four. Watch this advert before clicking to see number five. Another dozen or so clicks later and you’re lucky if even one of the many clicks was worth it.