by Charmaine Hudson
Here we are in the first month of a new year and it started off with a bang! Some people brought their troubles from 2016 to 2017. Take two grown men who are celebrities, I might add, going back and forth on Instagram live and calling each other out. I couldn’t help but to sit back and laugh! Social media is now the biggest platform of the twenty-first century.
If you’re upset, take it to Facebook. If you need to speak your mind periscope is there for you. If you want to learn how to do a bomb twist out or learn easy makeup tips go to YouTube. If you have an opinion about something or someone do it on Twitter.
Let me be real I, too, am as guilty as anyone else when it comes to expressing my feelings on social media. Last year during the election I was on Twitter and Facebook stating my opinions about the candidates, going back and forth with random people who I didn’t know. It was the year I would turn thirty and I began to share what I had learned throughout my years of childhood through now; realizing I had to take a step back and a break from social media.
So here’s the question we all need to ask ourselves. Is social media really taking over our lives? There was a time where diaries and journals used to be popular. When you felt a certain way and was having a bad day all you had to do was whip it out and write to make you feel better. Or, when you had a disagreement with someone you called that person with the option to meet face to face to tell them how you felt. Whatever happened to privacy? If we’re not feeling well do we have to let everyone know? Deep down do we really want the attention? And do we thrive for likes or comments?
Are we really attention seeking people and narcissistic? Social Media can ruin lives. They can tear relationships apart, break people up and end friendships; wondering if it makes people feel superior, loved or popular having 1000+ friends. But there is a good side, social media can also be helpful and show people what’s really going on in the world.
When Philando Castile was murdered we saw first-hand how strong racism is in this country, as with Alton Sterling and the many others on daily basis.
My goal for this year is to be more cautious about what I post on social media. I will use this platform for good and not for negativity. I challenge you to do the same!
Happy 2017! Make it a great year!
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