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Beware the perils of social media

Monday, April 24, 2017    

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Dear Editor,

Too often I have heard people speak about misconduct on social media and the ills that may possibly arise as a result of this kind of behaviour in terms of future employment prospects and so on. I never gave it much thought as my circle of friends and followers on the various social media sites happen to be people who are more concerned with politics, local, regional and international affairs, academia, business and, to a lesser extent, social fetes.

I was therefore rather astonished when on the night of Easter Monday I stumbled across a group of high school girls on a social media platform. What I discovered was the epitome of the resounding argument. Everything about the discourse was inappropriate: from the picture that was uploaded (a collage with the body bent in different shapes), the choice of clothing and the line of expletives that accompanied the comments.

I was prompted to wonder if these teenagers are supervised, if family members are a part of their list of friends and I questioned too, whether they are aware of the fact that there is life after high school.

The normative values of society have degenerated so much that I worry about our future. Some young people are so caught up in their alter egos on social media that they slowly self-destruct without even realising that they are the reason for their own demise.

I would like to use this medium to encourage my peers to name accounts intelligently, do not allow social media to determine self-worth, try not to vent on social media, communicate positively, untag from negative posts, and ultimately bear in mind the image that is portrayed by the use of social media.

Our responsibility is to put our best lives forward and maximise our full potential. Use social media responsibly.

Kimberley Thompson






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