With the launch of AIM (AOL Instant Messaging) in 1997, society was able to communicate with one another in the matter of moments. With the launch of Myspace and Facebook in 2003 and 2004, people were able to connect with people from their past, and connect to them with large amounts of sums of distances between them. Within other social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram, Vine, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Flickr, and other sites, people have the ability to comment with their former friends, classmates, and to essentially make new friends.
Social media is the main place for venting in modern society. With the inability to prove ones identity online, the exploitation of these websites and programs is rampant. These sites are not helpful to society because they tear down others on a day to day basis. It is becoming more and more common to hear stories of how some kid was being bullied online, or how kids lives are destroyed by some dumb thing they decided to post. I believe that social media should require stricter access requirements so people can be personally held responsible for their actions online.
Thank you, I do agree that it is a good resource for venting ones feelings. Yes I do agree that it could be stricter but that is not the point I was bringing up, instead I was presenting that it was a good resource for people in today's society. To counteract the point on bullying, I believe that the destruction happens because kids are immature and can't handle the resource presented to them. Children tend to overlook the real purposes are tools given to them. Bullying does not only occur on social media, a majority of bullying occurs in schools rather then social media. If you see bullying as the issue then you must not try to take the fight to social media but the schools where the bullying begins.
To respond to your input that bullying occurs in school and not on social media, here is a quote that states otherwise. " 'About 42 percent of kids have been bullied while online with one in four being physically attacked more than once.' They also say that 75 percent of bullying and harassment has led to school-shooting incidents. These victims could be affected long-term from these abuses or even do harmful things to themselves or others." Social media may have resources for people, BUT the harm social media causes outweighs the benefits it provides. All the "resources" that social media provides can be found in safer and more secure sites.
Your argument that bullying is the reason social media is seen as a harmful tool instead of a useful one is lose ended, due to the fact that even with social media bullying is still present. You can not call social media harmful when it is only a way that it occurs. That would be equivalent to calling school harmful because bullying also happens there. You cannot take just one part of a whole item to define it as a whole. Social media's positives out way their negatives, such as connection, access to immediate knowledge, and also school resources.
Social media is not helpful to society because it fuels the destruction of many lives. This could entail cyber-bullying which drags into school, or taking over someones life on the internet. the perfect example of this, "Aftab worries about instances of "cyber bullying by proxy," where a student impersonates another by creating fake social networking profiles, pointing to a story in The Star-Ledger, where an online bully created a Facebook profile for Newark, N.J., teen Nafeesa Onque. The impersonator operated the page for more than three years; many of Onque's friends thought the page was run by her. The bully posted sexually explicit photos and tirades online, destroying Onque's reputation." THIS is the true power of social media, the power to destroy lives without justice to those who do it. It gives people the ability to stay anonymous and reek harm without the fear of punishment. And by the way, these instances are growing each and every week according to a government report.