Oh, this should be a good one.
This is a hotbed topic, and likely will be for years and years to come. Social media, in all its glory, be it good or bad.
Social media, the easiest and sometimes most toxic ways to get news and current events.
Social media, the tool that can be used for so many positive things, and one that can be used in some of the worst ways possible.
Let me say this – I am a fan of social media. On the flip side, I also hate social media. It’s all about how and when it’s used.
For example, I’m not a fan of the younger generation always being on it. Or the scramble for likes. Or my generation or older feeling they have to share everything or be some source of news.
In moderation, social media can be a great tool.
I’ve blogged since 2005. I used to use (and host) message boards for years in the late 1990s and early 2000s. I got my first domain name (hoohaa.com) in July of 1998 and was always interested in ways it could be useful.
I joined Facebook in December 2005. Twitter followed in November 2008. I joined Instagram when I got an iPhone in October 2011. And I jumped on Snapchat (though, to be fair, I don’t use that often) in September 2012. I have been on Flickr, as well, for many years.
So yes, I like social media.
What I like most about it is being able to keep up on things. With Twitter, it’s something to follow sports and other newsy things. Facebook is friends/families and blogging items. Instagram is a moshpit of photos.
I like that.
What I don’t like, however, is the cesspool that much of social media can become. I don’t talk about controversial things (politics anybody? Religion etc.) because it doesn’t lead to good. I tend to mute people who are too overbearing with political and controversial things because, honestly, it’s not something I’m going to discuss on a social media platform. People’s minds don’t change and they also tend to forget everything they are saying is in a public forum (usually). People get highly passionate about things, even when the facts don’t side with them, and it can become highly combative and profanity laced, all depending on the situation.
It’s just not fun for me.
Even politicians and sports figures and other pop culture people utilize social media in negative ways, and that gets tiresome and old.
Even beyond the controversial things, oversharing of things can get highly boring and tedious. So it comes down to how much one needs – or wants – to see with social media.
There’s so much good with social media. Mixed in with it, like anything else, is negative. In the end, your own social media comes down to how you utilize it.
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This post is part of the 2020 20 Days of Chill Writing Challenge hosted by A ‘lil HooHaa. Please check out the link if you’d like to see others or join in. You don’t have to do every theme if you don’t want! And for those participating, take a moment and check out the other participants!
20 Days of Chill: 2020 Day 8