Opinion: Do We Have Control?


By Mallory Carpenter

First off, what is social media anyways? Tufts University Relations stated that: “Social media refers to the means of interactions among people in which they create, share, and/or exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks. The Office of Communications and Marketing manages the main Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Vimeo accounts.”

Social media is a huge part of most of our lives, here in the 21st century. Like right now, you’re probably about to sit and browse Facebook, Instagram, or whatever social network you tend to use. 3.17 billion people in total use the internet, but 2.3 billion people use the internet on a day to day basis.

Every click, tap, & log in is recorded and monitored somewhere. Making privacy hard to keep. They say “nothing on the internet is safe,” but, is that really true? The answer is yes. There’s no such thing as being 100% safe online.

Hackers are a huge problem, and viruses can be spread like fire. With that being said, there are many ways to keep yourself safe. Tip number 1: “If you don’t want it being seen, don’t post it.” This is basically common sense for some, but for others, it needs to be said. Another tip would be to upgrade your network security system, but like I said, nothing is 100% safe.

Our society is controlled by smart phones, laptops, and virtual realities. Many great things come out of taking a social media “cleanse”, such as improved personal relationships with family and friends. Once you remove the screen from someone’s face, they engage in conversation more and become more active. After your cleanse, you tend to realize how much you really lose when you waste time on social media. I personally suggest you try it sometime as a way to get in touch with yourself and others again.

The video posted below is to help you get started on cleansing your life. Good luck!




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