Social media has ruined my generation.
Sounds a bit harsh, but the truth usually does.
Social networks such as Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. have robbed an entire generation of the ability to keep thoughts and opinions to oneself.
I’m including myself in this criticism as well because…I run a public blog. This entire site is nothing but what I think.
Most people my age don’t have social filters, which keep an individual from blurting out inappropriate, disrespectful, or just completely unnecessary commentary. They also don’t understand, many times, the effect of their lack of control on their futures, professional careers, relationships, public image, and a host of other representations that matter.
I see “friends” all the time on Facebook posting outrageous statements, pictures, and opinions. My question is this, “If you didn’t have Facebook as a soapbox to stand on and shout your ridiculous theories…would you still have them?” The fact that there is a global forum(the Internet) where we can share out views drives our desire to have one.
Whether it’s a political debate, a religious issue, sporting events, or a a cable television show, people are telling what they think.
I am guilty of this too! I recognize the impulse to say what’s on my mind quite often. But there is a difference in my mental process, compared to others, before I open my mouth or type on my keyboard. I imagine any backlash that might come about as a result of my statement, good or bad, then I picture any Nigerian mother saying the following inquiries, “Who asked you?” “Who sent you?” “Who gave you mission. ”
After those questions…I usually just keep my thoughts to myself.
We all should try it sometime.
P.S. Feel free to comment! Haha!