The Dangers of Social Media

I should probably come up with a list of things you should not do while in college. One of them should be this: social media. While very valuable if used professionally, it oftentimes becomes abused by college students, using it as a platform to express themselves in ways could possibly harm them later on in life.

You should be wary of what you post on social media outlets. While many like to use it as means of getting attention by posting up picture of what they’re going to eat in the next 5 minutes or telling everyone how miserable of a day they’re having (maybe it was because of the food you ate), but this really isn’t the main concern. The main concern here is for students who are into the party scene, as it’s easy to get drunk and get caught in incriminating situations that can easily be shared online and among friends and family. Then, said students like to get onto Facebook and Twitter to post equally as incriminating information about themselves, further damaging their reputation. The issue isn’t so much whether potential employers can see this, but it’s another reason to be careful, because it can really hurt your chances of getting a job as well.

Now I may be over exaggerating here a little, but I’m doing it to make a point. Social media has allowed us more opportunity to network and meet new people, but it does come with its own vices, so it should be treated with the level of respect that it deserves. For many, it may require them to sacrifice a little of themselves and stop being such narcissists. Others, it may require them to stop going to parties and getting themselves hammered. But maybe that’s too much to ask for.