Facebook and other social media help everyone be connected and kept abreast of what’s happening around the world. Simply, it makes our lives easier. On the other hand, As people tend to spend many hours on these websites, they rarely have face-to-face interaction.
Social media is defined as websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking. Though it has many advantages, there are also disadvantages that affect individuals and the society like:
If you’re not careful, unscrupulous people can target you for cyber bullying and harassment on social sites. School children, young girls, and women and men can all fall prey to online attacks which can create tension and distress.
As people spend increasing amounts of time on social networks, they experience less face-to-face interaction.
“Maypa sa Facebook, naa koy daghan friends.” “Maypa diri naa koy katabi, sa personal wala.”
How many of your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram “friends” do you really know in real life? Do your followers really recognize you in person?
“Daghana niya’g followers uy, mu “follow’ jud kaha na sila niya”? ” Kaila gyud kaha ni sila niya?”
Makes it more difficult for us to distinguish between the meaningful relationships we foster in the real world, and the numerous casual relationships formed through social media.
“Friends mi sa Facebook, sa personal kay dili.” #awkward
People are always trying to follow what’s trending to the extent that they forget who they really are.
“Nice lagi ni, mag en-ani sad ko bi.” “Wow daghan syag likes, ako sad bi!”
Social networking sites encourage people to be more public about their personal lives. Everybody’s obliged to post pictures of themselves wearing only undergarments while vacationing on an expensive resort.
“Hala, nganong kahebaw man sila about ato?” Huhuhuhu
Most Filipinos spend the internet on Facebook, scrolling down their news feeds to know what’s up with other people’s lives. This can rather be harmful, especially when they do it in the workplace.
“Unya na Sir/Madam, nag facebook pa ko!” #EhDiWow!
Other negative effects of social networking various people suggested include encouraging poor spelling and grammar, exposing underage to online predators, allowing the spread of misinformation that is perceived as fact, provide a perfect platform for cyber bullying and providing details that increase risks of identity theft.