The Use and Dangers of Social Media

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There are about one and a half billion users of social media worldwide. It can be used to meet new people, find old friends, chat the day away, join interest groups, or even to share pictures. Social networks were mostly created so people could meet and find new friends. What most users of social media don't know, are the dangers of using social media. One example is when you meet a person online, because they are not always who they say they are. If someone is not who you may think they are, who could they be? They can be a stalker or a person that wants to steal your identity; which could be done easily thanks to new developments of new technology. Also thanks to new technology it is now easier for people using your information to track you. Posting personal information can risk your family and friends lives. Social media can be used as a weapon against you. It can even lead to a kidnapping, or even someone's death. Many people use social media to help to waste time, but could also become an unhealthy addiction. Also social media can damage your future. When you are a teen you tend to post pretty much anything you want. This is dangerous because you can post too much personal information. What most teens don't realize is that what they do on social media now can affect them for the rest of their life. It can even come back to haunt you in the future. Social media is dangerous because it makes it easier to be stalked, identity theft to happen, kidnappings and murders, and also can ruin your future. Posting personal information can also make it easier to be stalked. To stalk means to pursue by tracking. The study from Women's Aid and the Network to Survive Stalking, warns that Smartphones are being targete... ... middle of paper ... ...edia can lead to a ruined career. Social media impacts a lot of people's daily lives. Seventy percent of teens use social media sites, according to the article on the US Department of Labor website. Social media can be distracting, even reports show that teens who check there Facebook at least one time every fifteen minutes have low grades. This teens are more likely to display antisocial behavior, aggressive tendencies, or even anxiety. How you interact today on social media can either build or break your future opportunities. Even though social media is full of opportunities; you don't always benefit from them. Social media can change your entire outlook. It's changed my outlook, what about you? Social media is a waste of time and dangerous. Giving your time to it can literally kill you. Is social media really worth it?

In this essay, the author

  • Explains the dangers of using social media, such as stalking, identity theft, kidnapping, and murder.
  • Explains that posting personal information can make it easier to be stalked. the study from women's aid and the network to survive stalking warns that smartphones are being targeted by stalkers.
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