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For our ancestors who didn’t have the benefit of a world map...

Rizom - April,2018
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Candace Ko 2019-08-23 10:50
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Is Social Media Toxic?

Everything nowadays is like, comment, subscribe, etc. We live through a filtered life hiding behind a screen, boosting our self esteem through social media. On one hand, social media is a great platform to share what you're doing amongst friends, family, and those who are simply interested in your content. On the other hand, the consequences come in the form of of hate comments, shaming, and unrealistic expectations of how we should be living our lives. 


People are addicted to what is trending, because knowing what's going on in the world provides conversation and controversy. However, it often seems to only add fuel to the fire because people only hear the basic information before jumping on the bandwagon in extreme support or extreme opposition. 


For example, Twitter is a platform where people can share their thoughts, find commonalities, and speak about popular trends. Therefore, Twitter created a "Trending" section where users can look to see what kind of news is popping up in the world. However, oftentimes people see a trending word or hashtag that peaks their interest such as "canceling" or hating a celebrity and click on it only to find incredibly bias information without any factual knowledge to back their opinion. 


We live in an incredibly tense and fragile climate where we are always divided on any given subject. Social media has brought out the very worst in people because users feel more confident posting their thoughts, believing that there will be no consequences. News spreads at an incredible speed, and no one can believe anything is true anymore. People do dangerous and hurtful things to get something trending because we're driven to always put out new entertaining content. 


Don't get me wrong, I'm just as guilty of having Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, everything. I just believe that there are better ways to use it.


So I guess the real question is, "Is it worth it?"





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