Can you imagine your life without social media? If you are 35-40 years old now, I think yes. But the younger generation is highly dependent on online communication and the Internet. Although ten years ago we could not have thought that it would come into our lives so strongly. And the impact of social networks on human life will be so significant. Times are rapidly changing, and online communication is now a huge part of our life, and it takes a lot of time. In addition, in recent years, the question of the confidentiality of our data and their unsafe storage has been raised quite often.
My first acquaintance with social networks
It was a long time ago, probably 11-12 years ago. I don’t know if it matters, but “classmates” are the first thing I used to communicate with my friends, besides the phone. It was very cool back then. I went in almost every day, checked the messages and saw what was new there. After that, I got to know Facebook and Instagram, which have become more closely integrated into my life. Although, I didn’t really want to create a profile there, but my friends constantly discussed them, and as a result I made up my mind. After that, my life was no longer the same.
Social media is highly addictive
If you are an active Internet user, then you know exactly how it happens. But you may not fully understand the impact of social networks on a person’s life. At first, you intend to spend a few minutes to check new messages and see photos of your friends, but then you look at your watch and realize that it’s been half an hour, or even more. Online communication and the internet are very engaging. We just don’t notice how quickly time passes. We begin to read useless news that is of no use to us.
Social media should only serve to keep in touch with friends. After all, there is such a thing as collecting information from users. Which can be made publicly available and used for various purposes. In addition, on social media, people only show their best moments in life. I often see girls post vivid photos after breaking up with their boyfriend. In this way, they try to show that everything is fine with them and that they do not worry about separation. But the point is, if they were really doing well, they would enjoy their lives instead of surfing social media and posting photos. The same thing happens in the rest of their lives.
The impact of social networks on a person’s life largely depends on knowledge of what can and cannot be published. As I mentioned earlier, people post too much personal information about their lives, which can end badly for them. For example, the message that you are going to rest at specific dates may turn into a break-in of your apartment and theft of valuable things for you. There are many stories of people being robbed when they were on vacation. Parents also post photos of their children in schools. This means that anyone on the Internet will know the location of your joy. I have heard more than once about cases of child theft and further extortion of money. So only post information that is safe for you and your family.
If you think about it, the very idea of constantly sharing photos from your life with virtual strangers or so-called “friends” looks rather strange. For some reason, it is now popular to post photos of what people eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner. How they relax with friends in a club or have dinner in a restaurant. Previously, it was enough for us to just meet, have fun and enjoy the company. Now it’s important to share this with everyone so that people know where you have been and what you were up to. It always surprises me when I see meaningless posts. The exception is when you visit really beautiful and unforgettable places. We want to keep them as a keepsake, and of course show it to our friends.
Social media reminds me of relationships. When we want to break up with a partner, but do not dare to do it. We see that it makes no sense for us to meet anymore and understand that we are just wasting our time when we are together. But at the same time, something stops us from taking the last step.
Principles of using social media
I understand that the influence of social networks on a person’s life cannot be called only positive. This year I have tried several times to stop using them. The first time I only lasted a couple of days. Then there was more, about one week. At the moment, I have established for myself some principles that I follow.
- No more than 30 minutes a day on social networks;
- Do not open them as soon as I woke up;
- Enter only in the evening, when all the main tasks are completed;
- Do not publish posts where I am and what I am doing;
- Do not post your personal information;
- Don’t share photos with people I don’t know.
Social media can both improve our lives and negatively affect it. It all depends on how we use them. With the help of the Internet, we can find new friends and meet interesting people. See beautiful places, how other people live and what we can strive for. So the impact of social networks on a person’s life is not always bad. You just need to maintain a balance in everything and approach it reasonably. Remember that this is a public place and anyone can get your information if they want.