Is Social Media such a good thing?

23 Apr

With all the amazing things that social media sites such as twitter and Facebook can do for you, it is easy to assume that their is no negative aspects.  The scary thing about these sites though is how popular they actually are and how much people use them for their primary sources of information the majority of the time.  The number of celebrity deaths or world catastrophes I have learned about solely because of Facebook is downright shocking.  There is a common assumption that whatever is written on these sites must be the truth and nothing but the whole truth.  Americans have become increasingly lazy when it comes to finding access to relevant information, therefore the printed newspaper is slowly becoming a thing of the past.  No one has the time or patience to buy or read the paper in print form.  While it is convenient having all information you could possibly dream about wanting to know only a button click away, the possibility for people to believe in false truths is incredibly high.  While I would never want to go back to the world before the time of these media sites, what is important is to be aware of what is put online and know that not everything you read is always the most accurate!

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