Anyone who’s read for a while knows how little I like social media. As much benefit as they might have (Arab spring), they are just as often used by not-so-nice people to recruit others to their cause (every -ist you can think of). Those are extreme examples, the outliers if you will, but the everyday stuff is often just as poisonous. Social media is like the land of narcissism, promoting those that are ridiculous or ridiculously attractive, encouraging everyone to shout louder and louder to gain attention.
That shit scares me. I can’t imagine being a kid growing up in all this immediate gratification, pleading for attention, and daily bombardment of bullshit. I’ll just give you one example before getting off that particular soap box. Just pretend for a moment you’re a fourteen year old girl on social media, the more revealing the outfit, the more risque, the more attention they’re going to get. Good and bad. Lovers and haters and bullies and trolls and friends and men with less than pure intentions. And how well are teenagers equipped to deal with that? They’re already wired to have less self control, raging hormones, and are more likely to have emotional swings. But it’s “cool” to be on social media, right? Hop on the bandwagon.
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