We have Social Media Day on 30th June to celebrate the impact that social media has on global communication. (1)
So what on earth is Social Media?
Are we in the know about all this stuff?
Who invented this booming business?
Do we really understand the ins and outs?
Do we know what a huge effect it is having?
Has social media overtaken every part of our lives?
Are we equipped to deal with this form of communication?
Are we swept away with all that social media offers?
Are we able to keep up with social media?
Are we hooked into social media?
Are we happy bunnies because of social media?
Are we using social media because we are lonely?
Are we using social media to hide from real life?
Are we using social media to up our moods as we don’t like what we feel?
Are we using social media because it makes us feel connected?
Are we using social media without discerning who these strangers are?
Are we using social media because we want to fit in with the crowd?
Are we using social media to be popular with friends?
Are we using social media because everyone else is?
Are we using social media to compare ourselves with others?
Are we using social media because we want to be recognised?
Are we using social media to one day become famous?
Are we using social media to make sure others know what we do?
Are we using social media to become something we are not?
Are we using social media to vent our stuff?
Are we using social media to display our extreme behaviour?
Are we using social media to network our outrageous fantasies?
Are we using social media to make fools out of other people?
Are we using social media to say ugly stuff about others?
Are we using social media under different names to vilify others?
Are we using social media to bad mouth others who we don’t like?
Are we using social media to say vile things because we are jealous?
Are we using social media to hurl abuse because the world hurt us?
Are we using social media to make fun out of others?
Are we using social media to add to the cruelty in our world today?
Are we using social media to bring down others who do make a difference?
Are we using social media to cut n paste other people’s stuff online?
Are we using social media to share obscene images of others?
Are we using social media to stalk and make life hell for someone?
Are we using social media to threaten others for no reason?
Are we using social media without giving it much thought?
Are we using social media loosely without realising the repercussions?
Are we using social media with no real focus or purpose?
Are we using social media with any respect or decency?
Are we using social media to simply keep our minds stimulated?
Are we using social media because we are bored with everyday life?
Are we using social media to fill in the empty gaps in our day?
Are we using social media as our daily fix as if it were a drug?
Are we using social media to escape the responsibilities of life?
Are we using social media just simply to make money because we can?
Are we using social media under the guise of doing good?
Are we using social media to do illegal business?
Are we using social media because we know we can get away with it?
Are we using social media to not cause harm?
Are we using social media to bring about real change?
Are we using social media to inspire others or preach to others?
Are we using social media to leave a digital footprint for future generations?
Have we wondered what the consequences of our posting might do?
Have we stopped long enough to realise that what we write is out there forever?
Have we taken into account that we are leaving a digital footprint online that can never be erased in Truth, even if we think it’s removed?
Have we thought that what we write could have an impact on someone else’s life?
Have we thought before posting an image of someone, what it could do to them?
“what goes online stays online.” (2)
The digital footprint is a permanent trail that users of social media, indeed of the Internet itself, leave the moment they sign into any service. The digital footprint, by its permanence, can have serious repercussions in future, in both professional and personal areas of life. It is important to know that every activity online – posts on social media accounts, comments left on various sites, tweets, retweets and +1s through years can contribute to the digital footprint. (3)
So what exactly is Social Media?
Social relates to society and that means other people.
We meet people for pleasure through activities.
Concise Oxford English Dictionary says social media – websites and applications used for social networking. (4)
Websites and other online means of communication that are used by large groups of people to share information and to develop social and professional contacts: (5)
Social media is the collective of online communications channels dedicated to community-based input, interaction, content-sharing and collaboration.
Websites and applications dedicated to –
The leading social networks are usually available in multiple languages and enable users to connect with friends or people across geographical, political or economic borders. Approximately 2 billion Internet users are using social networks and these figures are still expected to grow as mobile device usage and mobile social networks increasingly gain traction.
Facebook is the market leader and was the 1st social network to surpass 1,000,000,000 registered accounts. (April 2017)
April 2017 – Most famous social networking sites with number of active users (7) –
1997 – First recognisable social media site was born.
It enabled users to upload a profile and make friends with other users.
1999 – First blogging sites became popular. (8)
What is the reality of social media?
What is the impact of social media on our lives?
What is the difference between a social media addiction and a drug or alcohol addiction?
Social Media is as harmful as Alcohol and Drugs for Millennials.
Over past 20 years a new type of addiction has emerged –
ADDICTION TO SOCIAL MEDIA. (9)
Older generations had alcohol and drugs as their vice and the millennials have social media.
Those born between 1984 and 2005 have embraced the digital age and social media is a big deal for them – a lifeline to the outside world. (9)
Would it be true to say that most of our Youth today are dependent and devoted to social media and they seek this for pleasure to get through the day?
Everything else seems to fall into insignificance? (9)
The real harm lies in their change of behaviour and their addiction means they spend an increasing amount of time online to produce the same pleasurable effect. This means social media is the main activity they engage in above all others. The knock-on effect is their attention is taken away from other tasks, experiencing unpleasant feelings from reducing or stopping interaction with social media and restarting the activity very soon after stopping completely.
Millennials report compulsively checking social network profiles and updates. They can make riskier decisions and be open to online exploitation. They often mistakenly believe that if things go wrong, they will get help from their online community even if this community consists of strangers.
Spending time on social media now seems more desirable to this group of people than spending time in a pub drinking alcohol with friends. (9)
There is no recognised treatment for social media addiction.
Although we are starting to become aware of the problem, there is no classification of social media addiction as a mental disorder in the same way as substance misuse.
If we want this in the future then there will need to be a clear definition of the symptoms and progression over time.
We will need to answer some key questions –
Does it run in families?
Are there blood tests that can distinguish it from other mental disorders?
Will it respond to drugs or psychological therapies? (9)
Has the world found a drug that is harming us at a younger age but it is going under the radar as we cannot see the physical effects?
Are we sitting back allowing our youth to be living a life that is not real life?
Does it suit us to allow our children to entertain themselves in this online world?
Do we endorse and give our kids a licence to do what they want on social media?
Are we concerned or bothered what the impact is of this huge growing industry?
Are we really policing our children or do we think it is too late now?
WHY does our mood change if our social media post is not liked?
WHY does our mood change depending on the likes we get in one day?
Researchers at UCLA’s Brain Mapping Center found that when teenagers’ photos get lots of “likes” on social media apps, parts of the reward circuitry area of the brain respond in a similar way to seeing loved ones or winning money.
“Reward circuitry is thought to be particularly sensitive in adolescence…It could be explaining, at least in part, why teens are such avid social media users.
Before, if you were having a face to face interaction everything is qualitative. You use someone’s gestures or facial expressions, that sort of thing, to see how effective your message is.
Now if you go online, one of the ways that you gauge the effectiveness of your message is in the number of likes, favourites or retweets and this is something that is really different and unique about online interaction.”
Lauren Sherman – Lead Research Author (10)
What are we willing to tolerate online with social media?
What is our standard of decency with social media?
WHY do most of us have different standards for social media behaviour?
300% increase – number of sexual assault cases related to social media sites.
88% teens have seen someone be cruel to another on social networking site.
81% aged 9 to 17 visited a social networking website within past 3 months.
71% aged 9 to 17 visit these social networking sites weekly.
22% teenagers log onto their favourite social media site more than 10 times a day.
64% teens upload photos to social media sites.
55% teens given out personal information, including photos and physical descriptions to someone they don’t know.
42% teens are creating characters: avatars such as Meez or anime to express themselves across their personal profile.
41% teens had negative experience as a result of using a social networking site.
12% teens witnessed unpleasant behaviour “frequently” on social networking sites.
50% all sex crimes involved a social networking site.
33% of all Internet initiated sex crimes involve social networking sites.
26% online sex crimes against minors – offenders disseminated information and/or pictures of the victim through victim’s personal social networking sites.
25% had private information made public without their permission.
10% parents of children under age 10 talked about appropriate online behaviour.
67% teenagers know how to hide from their parents, what they do online.
43% teens say if their parents were watching, they would change their online behaviour.
39% tweens and teens think online activity is private from everyone.
20% children think their parents have no idea what they are doing online. (11)
Social Media and Crime
Have we ever stopped and taken the time to pause before posting something?
Have we ever bothered to take Responsibility for what we put out there?
1000 Americans surveyed
50% divulged too much personal data online (3)
Indiscriminate Internet activity can make children and teenagers easier for marketers and fraudsters to target. (2)
Falsifying age online has become common practice by some preadolescents and some parents. (2)
Social Media Crimes include –
Incidents of Homophobia
Incidents of Grooming
Incidents of Stalking
These take place alongside the general background noise of “generally abusive behaviour,” click-jacking, doxxing, pharming, and other devices designed to steal personal information. (12)
Millions of Social Media crimes evidently go unreported. (12)
There has been an influx of people posting on social media right before committing a crime. (13)
The advent of Social Media in the past decade has led to a new type of ‘performance crime’ where people create accounts of their law breaking through text, images and video, which are then digitally distributed to the public on a large scale.
The growth of performance crime is tied to celebrity culture that emerged in the 20th century when celebrities became a focus of public interest and becoming a celebrity a career goal.
Feeding off of this celebrity culture, social media has resulted in offenders posting pre-crime confessions, videos of themselves committing offences and post-crime footage holding evidence and bragging about their criminal acts. In the process, these crime performers often generate evidence used for their conviction. (14)
Law enforcement agencies have developed social media based counter performances, a common one being to pose as paedophiles to attract and capture sex offenders.
Professor Ray Surette – Department of Criminal Justice, University of Central Florida (14)
Recording live an alleged gang rape and live-streaming to a closed group of a few thousand members on a social media platform is going on in our world today. (15)
Social Media – Police Investigations & Court Proceedings
Social media posts can be provided as evidence in court e.g. as a defence or an alibi.
You can go into social media and find out almost anything about anybody.
An officer is assigned to scour social media for clues in any major investigation.
Supt. Dave Haye – Saskatoon Police Service, Canada (13)
Depending on privacy settings, anyone can trace our movements or access our photos and posts, which could even be presented in court.
Social media can provide both an alibi at times and great assistance in a defence case.
But it can also provide corroboration to a Crown theory that could cause difficulty in defending yourself.
Brian Pfefferie – Criminal Defence Lawyer (13)
Lawyers have to be very careful that they are not advising clients to delete or destroy evidence that is already existing online. (13)
A “troll” in Internet terminology is someone who is deliberately provocative, upsetting others by starting arguments or posting inflammatory messages on online comment sections. (16)
An internet troll is someone who anonymously post malicious or provocative messages on the Internet with the sole purpose of upsetting or harming others and inciting emotional reactions. (17)
45% American adults have heard of the term troll.
28% admitted malicious online activity directed at somebody they did not know.
Millennials are twice likely to engage in trolling behaviour than those aged 55+.
Chatrooms and Forums have the most active trolls.
45% people who read comments on them, see malicious trolling behaviour.
39% see malicious trolling behaviour on social media sites.
77% think people more likely to engage in trolling behaviour under anonymity. (16)
Social Media provides hate crime perpetrators with a veil of anonymity, making it harder to bring them to justice and potentially impacting on a larger number of people.
London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) (18)
WHY is it so easy to bad mouth and abuse others under this name called Anonymous?
WHY do we allow people to use false names and accept what they say is true?
WHY are we so stimulated and excited watching videos of anything that takes us away from real life stuff?
WHY are we, the users of social media platforms accepting a lower standard of decency?WHY are we choosing to not be aware that our offline reality is the same as online?
In other words, there are no borders.
95% teenagers witnessed bullying on social media and ignored the behaviour. (19)
37% of adult victims think most effective way of stopping trolling is to ignore the trolls. (16)
Rhetoric utilised by trolls often echoes or directly replicates rhetoric of sensationalist news outlets, particularly around disaster narratives; that trolls are fetishizing a story, they are focusing on and exploiting the human interest angles to get attention and generate lols, a certain kind of laughter that trolls traded in essentially.
They were using these stories for their own benefit and although their benefit was laughter and was to just amuse themselves, it was really similar to the benefit generated by and pursued by these sensationalist media outlets…the same attempt to needle the audience to try to generate the strongest possible reaction, that was also there with sensationalist outlets, it is just that instead of being motivated by lols, by laughter, by amusement , they were motivated by advertising revenue and that’s a big difference. But the rhetorical similarities were often so striking that you could not tell the difference between what a troll made bit of content and then something that was actually said by an actual journalist on an actual website. It was very striking.
Trolls look at what they do and essentially think and often make the claim that they are actually helping people, because they are training people how to behave appropriately on the Internet. Many trolls believe that people that they target actually should be thanking them for teaching them how to be a person on the Internet.
Trolls are very attached to their own world views and to their own assumptions about the world and about how other people should behave and what is appropriate and what is not.
Whitney Phillips, Author of This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things –
Mapping the Relationship Between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture (20)
Another facet of Internet culture, exemplified through social media.
There is a dis-connection between actions and consequences and a disassociation with potential victim.
Perpetrators young and old commit crimes without hesitation online, whereas offline – IRL (in real life), we have to assume the power of consequences bears a heavier weight. (12)
ALL RISE Say No to Cyber Abuse 2015 Global Survey.
12,556 participants on their experience of online abuse.
There are two kinds of cyber bullies according to Stopbullying.gov –
The popular ones who resort to such activities to stay popular or to feel powerful.
Those on the fringes of society trolling to fit into society or to get back at a society that excludes them.
Cyber bullying ranges from direct threatening and unpleasant emails to anonymous activities such as trolling.
Cyber bullying appears easy to the bully because they do not see their victim’s reactions in person. In reality, the consequences can be life altering to the extent that the victims could go as far as taking their life or become psychologically distressed enough to require medical intervention. (3)
The individualistic nature of social networking activities makes it difficult to recognise a victim of cyber bullying but there are signs which include avoiding or being anxious around the computer or cell phone and sudden change in behaviour patterns. (3)
The number of children counselled by Childline about online bullying has doubled in last 5 years. (21)
Cyber bullying is the most common online risk for all teenagers.
Cyber bullying can cause profound psychosocial outcomes including –
25% children aged 8 to 15 experienced cyber bullying – 2014.
75% of all schools reported cyber bullying.
Research showed most cyber bullying takes place on Social Media. (22)
The Internet and social media in particular can make bullying behaviours more dangerous to victims.
The fact social media platforms can be slow to remove hurtful or abusive posts can exacerbate its devastating consequences.
Paul Fletcher – Parliamentary Secretary to Federal Minister for Communications (22)
Sexting usually means sending or receiving:
Naked pictures of ‘nudes’
Sexual or ‘dirty pics’
Rude text messages or videos (23)
Teenage boys resort to sending sexually explicit or suggestive messages.
Teenage girls more likely to send inappropriate photos of themselves. (24)
Spreading such information to the extent of getting viral –
17% sexters admitted sharing messages they receive with others.
55% of them share them with more than one person. (24)
Beyond the personal trauma and humiliation, sexting may cause, there are judicial ramifications as well; some USA states consider such activities as misdemeanours while many group sexting under felony. (3)
WHY do we have Internet detox for children?
South Korea have set up a network of boot camps across the nation to offer children a digital detox.
Psychiatrists are urging more action as they are finding evidence too much screen time is damaging developing brains.
It affects the frontal lobes which are important for critical analysis.
Professor Kang Seak Young – Dankook University (25)
How does social media affect our relationships offline?
Are we aware that there is actually no difference online and offline?
Do we realise that our social media life may have taken over our real life?
Do we use social media to escape the world and the pain it brings us?
Do we become different people on different social media platforms?
We have these so called ‘friends’ on social media and are we saying these are people we would talk one to one offline on the street?
WHY do we find it easier to chit chat to strangers on a screen than in real life?
What is this telling us about how we are choosing to live our lives?
Could we agree that the virtual reality world of social media is totally dis-connected from the world, which fosters a false life?
Is it really a separate world where we accept words and images as normal, when we know deep down they are not?
Have we ever considered the real impact of social media on our lives?
How is social media affecting sleep?
How is social media affecting our work?
How is social media affecting our relationships?
WHY is social media linked to depression?
WHY is social media associated with loneliness?
WHY is social media easier than face to face?
WHY are we checking our social media constantly?
WHY are we using social media to avoid real life contact?
WHY do we rely on social media to pep us up?
WHY do we think it is ok to do things on social media but not in real life?
WHY do we see social media as another world, so we can do what we want?
WHY are we not able to live a see through life so we are transparent on ALL social media platforms?
WHY do we change our behaviour when we get attacked on social media?
WHY do we sometimes lash out and attack others because we got hurt?
WHY do we think we can get away with it on social media as it’s not real life?
WHY do we do nothing and allow the bar to drop?
In other words, let the standard drop so others then drop the bar too.
Could it be possible that we prefer the virtual reality world that social media gives us because our real-life world sucks?
Could it be possible we think social media is a fun way of getting through our days because we find life very boring?
Could it be possible we like to think we can make strangers we never met our friends and that gives us a sense of belonging?
Could it be possible that our followers on social media are really important to us as we have zero self-worth?
Could it be possible we have set goals and made it our mission to be popular on social media?
Could it be possible that we feel pressure to be something we are clearly not and social media is the way to keep that false life going?
Could it be possible we want others to see us in a certain way and that is easy to do with social media?
Could it be possible that all our dreams and fantasies can be lived through social media?
Could it be possible that we never ever need to feel lonely as social media takes care of that for us?
Could it be possible that social media consumes us so much we find it very hard to keep away, even for an hour?
Could it be possible that we use social media to stay up late and forget that our body needs sleep to function?
Could it be possible we deny the fact that social media could be harming us and other people?
Could it be possible that social media has supported us to not engage in society?
In other words, we find it easier to form relationships with strangers on a screen than in real life with those we live with and in our community.
Could it be possible that we get sucked into the lies that are spread on social media?
Could it be possible we jump on the bandwagon of what social media is saying without checking or discerning if it is the Truth?
Could it be possible that social media is damaging us in a big way but we are simply not aware of it?
Could it be possible that we like the anonymity that we can have on social media, so we can live out stuff we would never do offline?
Could it be possible we have hundreds of social media platforms because we as consumers demand more and more?
Could it be possible that social media has become our priority in life – even though we know it is not helping us?
Could it be possible that we feel normal, lying on social media, as everyone else is doing the same?
Could it be possible we like the feeling of smashing others down on social media as they don’t know who we really are?
Could it be possible we give ourselves permission to bad mouth anyone we want on social media, because we can get away with it?
Could it be possible we are completely two different people online and offline when it comes to social media?
Could it be possible we have made it our hobby to troll others online and create propaganda on social media?
Could it be possible our only motive for social media is to get money from others because we know how to?
Have we all heard of Generation Y?
This is the generation born in the 1980’s and 1990’s and typically perceived as increasingly familiar with digital and electronic technology. (27)
Generation Y is unconsciously addicted to social media and as a result they feel a constant societal pressure to be connected with their peers through maintaining a continuous connection with technology. The connectedness is creating new kinds of peer-to-peer relationships that are considerable different from previous generations. (28)
Are we aware of how big bucks are paid depending on the number of followers we have and so this means our famous people can make even more money on social media?
50% age 11-16 say easier to be on Internet with people than face to face.
65% age 15 admit sending naked photo of self at least once.
33% age 12-15 seen hateful content in 2016 directed at a particular group. (21)
Again and again, children and young people say that they have no idea how the internet works, either in ways that may be of interest to them or ways that disempower them.
They feel overwhelmed by the demands of their devices and social networks, angered by the lack of choice over the spread of their data – both visible (through pictures and posts) and invisible (through profiling and data gathering) – and bewildered by the lack of social rules.
Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE, 5Rights (21)
The supposedly ‘public space’ of the internet is almost entirely controlled by a series of global private companies with too little responsibility towards children, operating significantly beyond the reach of national laws. (21)
In order to explore how fully children understand their rights in relation to social media companies today, the Children’s Commissioner tested the Terms and Conditions of Instagram used by
56% aged 12 – 15
43% aged 8 – 11
who have a social media account, with a group of young people.
The Terms and Conditions currently run to 17 pages and 5,000 words with language and sentence structure only a postgraduate could be expected to understand. (21)
Children must understand that to use many popular apps they accept the following:
1. Fundamental Privacy is waived
2. App can track even when it is not in use
3. Personal data could be bought and sold
4. Terms could change at any time without notice
5. App could terminate account at its sole discretion
Note – other social media services have similar restrictions and waivers. (21)
I would use Direct Messaging a lot less if I knew they could read them.
They must know no one reads the Terms and Conditions.
If they made it easy then people would actually read it and think twice about the app.
Amy – aged 13
Many social networks leave the user with very little information to exercise their rights of any genuine privacy. (21)
The situation is serious. Young people are unwittingly giving away personal information with no real understanding of who is holding that information, where they are holding it and what they are going to do with it.
Jenny Afia – Schillings Law Firm (21)
Much of the behaviour children complain about online – bullying, sexting, harassment is illegal.
Despite most social media networks having strict community guidelines and defined reporting structures, children and teenagers still say they struggle to get content relating to them removed from the internet.
This is particularly troubling in online bullying cases where the record of abuse is public and permanent. (21)
20% aged 7 – 11 did not know how to report content online or what a report is.
They did not think it would help.
When the Children’s Commissioner requested information from Google and Facebook about the number and types of requests it receives from minors to remove content, neither was able to provide it. (21)
50% aged 14 to 24 said some social media platforms exacerbated feelings of anxiety.
70% users of app for photos and videos felt worse about their body image.
70% have experienced cyber bullying.
91% aged 16 to 24 use the Internet for social media.
51% aged 55 to 64 use the Internet for social media.
23% aged 65 plus use the Internet for social media.
70% increase in young people – past 25 years for Anxiety and Depression. (26)
Royal Society for Public Health and Young Health Movement are calling for
1. A pop up notification when you have spent a certain period of time online.
2. A watermark on photos to indicate that they have been digitally manipulated.
3. Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons in school to advise on how to use social media in a healthy way.
4. Intelligent analysis to identify those who may be at risk from poor mental health and discreetly direct them towards help. (26)
16 – 24 age group have the highest incidence of social media use.
Shirley Cranmer CBE – Chief Executive, Royal Society for Public Health
Dr. Becky Inkster – Cambridge Neuroscience, University of Cambridge.
1 in 4 people worldwide now use platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. (26)
Whiteman, H. 2015. Social Media: How Does It Affect Our Mental Wellbeing? [Accessed Feb 17].
Available from: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/275361.php
The platforms that are supposed to help young people connect with each other may actually be fuelling a mental health crisis. (26)
Collishaw, S., Maughan, B., Goodman, R., & Pickles, A. Time Trends in Adolescent Mental Health [Accessed Apr 17]
Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15482496
It is not easy to be a child and teenager in today’s society.
There are lots of pressures…
Social Media is also a problem in that children compare themselves unfavourably to images they see online.
Dr. Jon Goldin – Vice Chairman of The Child and Adolescent Faculty, Royal College of Psychiatrists. (29)
WHY do we go online to check another person’s status?
WHY do we limit our talking on social media so we don’t really find out more about the person?
WHY do we reduce our speech on social media platforms?
WHY do we say much less than we could because it is online?
WHY do we not bother to ring and chat to them and find out about them?
WHY are we making social media a priority before the daily responsibility of life?
WHY are we putting social media before the quality of our sleep rhythm?
WHY do we wake up and check our social media first thing?
WHY do we have a constant habit of checking our social media all day long?
WHY do we need to fill up the void in our real life with social media?
WHY do we go to social media to seek some form of connection?
WHY do we use social media to escape something in our life?
WHY are we no longer able to commit to life because social media has taken over all areas of our life?
WHY are we not asking questions like this with everyone on the street in real life?
21% growth in last 12 months for number of monthly active social media users.
33% + world population uses social media each month.
30% growth each year for mobile social media active users. (30)
World Population – 7.476 billion people.
2.789 billion active social media users.
2.549 billion active mobile social media users. (30)
East Asia and South-East Asia
Highest percentage of active social media accounts.
Highest number of mobile social media accounts. (30)
54% of the world’s social media users.
56% of the world’s mobile social media users.
62% growth in global social media users.
64% growth in global mobile social media users. (31)
73% – highest country of people using social media. (30)
United Arab Emirates
46% – increase in the number of people using social media.
4 hours 17 mins – average hours on social media each day.
3 hours 43 mins users spending on social media each day.
Argentina and Mexico
3 hours and 32 minutes. (30)
Traditional Websites are becoming less relevant as social networks become “walled gardens”, encouraging users to stay with the app for all online activities, purchases and engagements.
50% growth in mobile social media use during 2016. (31)
New Social Media Users
482,000,000 new social media users signing up in 2016.
5 countries accounted for more than half that growth:
|China||+134 million new social media users|
2.91 billion people were active social media users.
2.7 billion people were active mobile social media users. (32)
Can we all agree that social media has changed our lives forever?
WHY do we think we can make an ugly comment and get away with it?
WHY on earth do we think slagging off others is fun and ok to do?
WHY do we go around hurting people deliberately on social media?
WHY are we hell bent on finding out the ins and outs of another person’s life?
WHY do we poke our nose into what others are up to on a daily basis?
WHY are we so interested in what other people choose to post online?
WHY do we need others to like us?
What is missing in our lives that we need the constant approval of others?
WHY do we base our self-worth on how many social media friends we have?
WHY do we think it is important to make friends with people we have never met?
What if we each had to have a RESPONSIBILITY online consistently?
What if we had to ensure that we respect others and have a level of decency towards each other on all social media platforms?
What if we had to meet and connect with others on the street and then do the same on social media?
What if we stopped endorsing others in their ill behaviour online?
What if we were more honest when someone posted something that we know is harmfull?
What if we expressed and told another to tell us something about the image they just posted?
What if we told our new social media ‘friend’ that we are not interested in what they get up to in their private life?
What if we were deeply honest enough to say to our group of friends, on social media that daily postings and attacking each other is hurting us All?
What if by reducing our own expression when we talk on social media, it lowers the bar for everything and that includes online abuse?
What if saying nothing and just accepting the abuse that goes on in social media is adding to the global social media issues that we face today?
WHY are we not willing to ask questions about our online behaviour?
Are we aware that there are millions and millions of fake profiles on our social media platforms?
In other words, they are NOT the people we think they are?
What are we choosing to do with our time?
Would it be wise to stop and at least consider if we are taking true RESPONSIBILITY in the way we live offline – in the real world?
WHY as a world have we chosen to think that Freedom of Speech means that we have Freedom to Abuse whoever we want?
Where is our human decency and respect for other fellow humans?
Are we using social media to truly support our lives?
Are we using social media to have a reality that is clearly not true?
Are we simply using social media as our drug of choice?
In other words, it supports us to alter our natural state of being.
Can we join the dots and say that online and offline are EXACTLY the same?
Can we be honest enough to say that our standard of decency has dropped way below common respect and human decency?
Could it be possible that how we choose to use social media today will have an impact on the future of social media?
Could it be possible that it is time we all added the word RESPONSIBILITY into our daily life activities and that includes social media?
Could it be possible that with the word RESPONSIBILITY at the core of our social media, we have a chance to stop the mis-use and ill behaviour that is currently running our world?
Could it be possible that we do not need to wait for the world to change as it starts with us as individuals, as we are part of the whole world?
Could it be that simple?
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