Dark Sides of The Social Media

People inevitably think about everything they see and hear. They form an idea in their minds even if they do not project it out. These thoughts, which sometimes develop as constructive criticisms, sometimes take the form of hurtful insults.

Of course, we may want to share these ideas to spread them or just to be approved by the society. We do this verbally, in writing or visually or through social media. Most of us share our thoughts, which we may be ashamed to express in daily life, or perhaps we do not know how to express ourselves correctly, on social media. Thus, we can choose our words carefully or explain ourselves clearly. On the other hand, we can reach very huge audiences that we cannot predict on social media and open our ideas to the public in a shorter and easier way. For example, we can express our opinions about places open to public use and find people who agree with us and make the best improvements we can about the subject.

In addition, in contexts where users share anonymously, people can be more open and share their thoughts more freely. Perhaps the minds that will direct the future can emerge from their shell, find supporters and develop on these platforms. However, this situation has many disadvantages as well as its pros. Those who miss the satisfaction and dose of limitlessness do not avoid their comments outside the framework of community and ethics. These can be exemplified as scenes from a person’s private life or harsh comments made to individuals.

Some comments made anonymously can sometimes not only affect people spiritually but also push them to suicide. Among the social media users, there are mature people, children who have not yet completed their development, strong characters as well as weak resilients. While some people may ignore hate speech, some are hurt by them and serious disorders occur as a result.

In order to avoid such undesirable situations, social media should have certain rules and restrictions, as well as in every field, and control should be strengthened. However, restrictions should in no way affect free thought advocates.

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