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THE DARK SIDE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

In today's digital age, social media has become a big part of our lives. It has revolutionized the way we connect, communicate, and share information.

With billions of users worldwide, platforms like Facebook, Instagram, X, and TikTok have created a global village where people can interact with each other with the click of a button. However, behind the smooth communication platform and very beneficial information medium, there is a dark side that many people are not aware of.

One of the concerns is, cyber bullying. It has become a serious phenomenon among the youth on social media. They are often the victims of ridicule, humiliation and threats online by peers or strangers.

Shame, anxiety, and depression are some of the effects that always arise as a result of the threat of cyber bullying. Furthermore, the long-term effects of being bullied include loss of self-confidence, lack of motivation to interact socially, and in serious cases, the intention to take drastic action such as suicide.

Therefore, it is important to take reasonable measures to prevent it as well as provide support to the victims involved.

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Apart from that, social media has been criticized for its role in spreading misinformation and fake news. Dissemination of information that is not verified accurately can cause disputes and divisions in the community to influence public opinion.

The lack of rules and ethics on many platforms has made it challenging to combat the spread of falsehoods, leading to confusion and distrust among the public. So, we need to cultivate awareness that not all information spread on social media is true, and it is important to check the validity and reliability of sources before sharing or trusting them.

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Social media also provides a platform for users to easily share their personal information, photos, and activities without fully understanding the implications of their digital footprint to the public. However, concerns arise regarding irresponsible use and potential exploitation by malicious actors.

Privacy concerns in the use of social media are important and should be taken into account by each individual. By raising awareness of privacy rights and encouraging safe ways of using social media, we can ensure that individual privacy is respected and protected in this increasingly complex virtual world.

Additionally, the addictive nature of social media cannot be ignored. Excessive use of social media is often linked to addiction, where individuals feel a strong need to constantly interact in the social media world.

This can cause mental health problems such as self-discontent, depression, and sleep disorders. Individuals will also feel the need to constantly check and update their social media accounts, feel restless or uncomfortable when not online, and neglect more important responsibilities or activities due to excessive social media use.

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Therefore, education and awareness about the responsible and balanced use of social media is key to protecting society from the negative effects of social media addiction.

By understanding the risks and seeking help if needed, we can reduce the negative effects of social media and utilize the platform in a positive and healthy way. Among other factors that would like to be emphasized is the youth who rely too much on social media as the main source to interact with friends and the outside world. They can spend hours on social media every day, resulting in reduced social interactions in real life.

As a result, they may experience a loss of social skills and difficulty in building direct interpersonal relationships. Reliance on online interactions can also cause discomfort or awkwardness in real social situations.

By recognizing the risks of social media dependency and taking steps to maintain a balance between online and real-life interactions, youth can ensure the development of social skills essential to a successful and meaningful life.

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In conclusion, it is important for us to acknowledge that social media, brings various benefits and also has a dark side that needs to be taken seriously.

Its impact on mental health, social relationships, and individual dependence demands that we practice responsible use and promote awareness of the risks that may arise. By understanding the challenges and taking appropriate steps to overcome these issues, we can make social media a more positive tool and benefit society as a whole.

We should not be complacent, social media is a very powerful and influential tool. We will regret if it is not properly controlled because later, it will give birth to a generation that is not competent and viable.

Date of Input: 14/05/2024 | Updated: 14/05/2024 | asmunir

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