In a generation where social media is extremely popular it is easy for many to state their own personal opinions without thinking about how it will affect others first. What you put out on social media sites, stays on social media sites. What you post on social media sites, is a direct representation of yourself, it reflects your character and allows others to know the type of person that you are. Be careful what you say because once its out there, it is out there for good.
Like many young adults in this day and age I am a huge fan all the different ways to communicate through social media such as, Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, Pinterest and even text messaging. It’s important for people to understand that there is a proper way to use social media and also an improper way. Whatever we post on social media sites is out there for good, even if you delete it, there is still a way for it to be retrieved. We need to understand that not everyone is our friends, not everyone needs to know all of our business and not everyone can be trusted.
Today, before most employers decide to hire a person one of the first things they do is visit their Facebook or Twitter to get some additional background information on them. What does your Facebook say about you? If you are posting pictures of you in scandalous clothing and playing beer pong with friends that’s already going to give the employer an idea of the type of person that you are. Be sure to be aware of everything that you post it is a direct reflection of your overall character. If you are constantly posting sad and depressing things then that will give people the impression that you are a sad and depressed individual. On the flip side if you post things that help others and is always positive then that will be the character that people will expect for you to have.
One of my biggest pet peeves is to see people post negative things about a particular person or group on social media sites. Don’t you realize that by doing this you are way worse than that person? Not only is it childish to post rude remarks about others but it is also very disrespectful. When you spread rumors about other people that affects the way others view them as well, which can ruin some of the relationships they have. It is important to approach people face to face with any issues that you may be experiencing with them. This will solve so many controversies.
Lastly, I want to mention that even though social media can be a fun way to communicate with others, do not forget the traditional ways of communicating. It’s always great to sit down and have a face to face conversation with someone. It is also exciting to get a call and be able to hear someone’s voice rather than engage in a super-long-text conversation. So remember that from time to time make an effort to go back to these old methods.
Overall with everything that you do, be careful with what you tweet, post, blog and say to others.
“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” – Eleanor Roosevelt