Thanks to social media, it has changed the way we define and act in the world. Social media has developed a culture where relationships are dependent on who you accept to view your profile and posts. And all it is a page filled with selfies and pictures of food you are eating. It is a great tool to connect with old and new friends, join events and organizations. Social media keeps people connected with the world. But at the same time it disconnects people from reality.
“Unfortunately, there are a few downsides too to social networking,” said Jenny Q, a writer for Business 2 Community. Many introverts and socially reclusive users place too much emphasis on virtual interaction, and ignore the real world outside.”
Social media can distort reality. It tricks you into thinking someone or something exists and can endanger your private information and reputation.
Zilla Van Den Born, a graduate student from Amsterdam, fooled her friends and family by pretending to be on a six-week vacation in East Asia. The goal of this project was to prove and demonstrate how easy it is to distort reality over social media. Using Photoshop, she was able place herself on beaches, restaurants and other cities when she was actually in her apartment in Amsterdam the whole time.
“I did this to show people that we filter and manipulate what we show on social media,” Born said.
To read more about Born’s project, click here.
Don’t get me wrong; social media is still valuable asset and really a necessity to our everyday life. How else would we unite to support the communities cause? How else would we share news stories? And how else would we know it is someone’s birthday or who just recently had a baby or how big your muscles are getting from your work outs? Social media keeps people connected, influences change and broadens communication chains.
But it is imperative not to believe everything we see on social media and to not rely on it to accurately represent the world. We cannot depend on social media to live our lives in this world. Instead, social media relies on us to live our lives by being part of the world. So triple-double check information posted on social media before supporting it to prevent yourself from being fooled by trollers and lies.