The mid 2000s were the golden age of social media. This was a time period when people completely changed the way they shared information and communicated. Social media was a revolutionary tool for expressing ourselves and celebrating success. It has allowed people to unite in order to support certain political and economical causes. It has also connected a lot of people with same interests. But, unfortunately, social media is also a dangerous place for anyone who's not informed of its possible hazards.
Although most people aren't willing to admit it, the virtual world became an obsession to many. A person that keeps an active social media presence is usually affected by the likes he/she gets. This leads to prioritizing a virtual world over current situations and may lead to many relationship problems. In order to avoid this issue, try to reduce your time spent on social media. Also, be sure to reduce the number of photos that you share on a daily basis.
It is easy to be dragged by the validation you get from social media, but this can lead to issues with self-esteem. People have started looking into likes and retweets as a measurement of their worth. This is a bad approach towards life and you can start valuing wrong things. This way of thinking can even lead to depression.
Research shows that US people spend in average five hours daily on their phones. This is a lot of wasted time if you use social media for entertainment. Conversations that don't require a lot of attention can last a long period of time along with scrolling down the home page. This can be devastating for your productivity, so try cutting down on these activities.
According to a research conducted by Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) and Young Health Movement (YHM), Instagram is the most negative influence on our mental health. In this study, they used a survey that included 1,500 young people, aged from 14 to 24. These people were given a task to score how each social media platform impacts upon fourteen wellbeing-related issues. Youtube has ranked the highest as the most positive platform, while Instagram was at the bottom.
Security & Privacy
People usually think that privatizing their social media profiles will take care of security issues. The truth is that this doesn't really help that much. Every photo that you upload to Facebook is archived. Once you delete it from your profile it will no longer appear there, but will be saved as a copy on Facebook. This information is provided in the user agreements when creating a Facebook profile, but not a lot of people are aware of it. Another fact that can endanger your privacy is not being able to delete your Facebook account. The only thing you can do is to deactivate it. Hackers love these inactive accounts, since the password never changes.
Law enforcement is able to track anyone down through social media activities. Being able to see what you do and what you chat with surroundings can be a disturbing fact. Nevertheless, this benefit is only used with good intentions. However, it should make you think about your safety and what you share with others.
Every website has its 'sysadmin' that can also have an overview of your activities on the site, including your IP address and the moment you visit. With everything archived, be cautious of the things you do on the internet. As you can see, whatever found its way through to internet will stay there a long period of time.
Another issue that occurred with the popularization of social media accounts is the safety of children. As the kids grow up and enter a teenage period, they get influenced by a lot of hormones. Inquiring their sexuality is common in these years. Knowing this, perverts have a tendency to use fake accounts with beautiful photos in order to drag the attention of young kids. This can be very risky for all open-minded teenagers.
Back in the day, a child could at least be safe at home. But that’s not the case today since there's a lot of cyberbullying. If your kid is using the same device as you, be sure to have a firewall installed. This will protect your device from being affected by spying malware and viruses.