Social Media: How far is too far?
There is no question that social media has played a role in shaping the way we look at the world. It's a new ballgame and the effects will certainly be studied and documented for years to come. It gives us access to breaking news, allows us to share our feelings and major life events, and helps us to keep up with our friends, family and even celebrities. Social media can do a lot of good-- people can use social media to fundraise for a worthy cause, offer up prayers and well-wishes, and even register to be an organ donor to potentially save a life. The possibilities are endless--
People of all ages use social media on a daily basis and according to a recent study there are more than 200 million active Twitter users and 1.11 billion Facebook users. What does this mean for society? Screening for job interviews often includes a thorough search of an applicant's social media sites. Judges must now tell jurors not only to avoid newspapers, TV outlets and radio during the case, but to stay off of social media sites. Celebrities and other high-profile figures often tweet their own personal opinions about important events causing some to be swayed or provoke backlash.
People took to social media sites to express their personal feelings throughout the George Zimmerman trial and immediately following the verdict. Regardless of where you stand, I think it is fair to say the story itself is a tragedy. A teenager is dead and another young adult's life will never be the same-- two families have been forever changed. Over the course of this case we have seen a lot of shocking tweets and posts. Perhaps none as shocking as what is being dubbed "Trayvoning" where young people are posting disturbing photos of themselves in hooded sweatshirts lying on the ground pretending to be dead. These photos often include props of tea and skittles-- much like those that Trayvon Martin was carrying on the day he died. Many have come out against this social media "trend" but there are others who seem to find this sick act funny, comparing it to "Tebowing." The difference-- this trend is insensitive, inappropriate and flat out wrong.
This is a case of social media hurting our society-
Prompting us to ask--Shouldn't we really stop to think about the repercussions of our actions?
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