Social Networks as a Weapon

Most teenagers currently are obsessed with social media, whether it be on a computer or smart phone. With multiple, and a growing amount, of social network platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat, teenagers are spending a huge amount of time constantly updating and checking these platforms. However, while social media is mostly used for communication between friends, family, or updates on celebrity lives, many people use it as a weapon as well. Some people put threats on social networks, and strangers can get one’s information much easier with people putting personal information on their profiles. If one is careful they can avoid this, but many people still are being attacked and threatened with social media, leading to social networking being both beneficial and detrimental.

With the younger generation constantly on social networks, many people have taken to cyber bullying as a way to hurt people and make them feel harmed. For example, instead of students getting in trouble for physical bullying at school, some students will personally offend others online. This has become a serious issue with the rise of social media, and is still constantly happening today. Another harm that social networks bring are threats to specific people, schools, businesses, or even general cities. For example, with the clown sightings recently, there have been multiple “clown” accounts threatening people and schools, saying that they will attack a specific institution at a specific time. Ordinary people are feeling scared and threatened due to these accounts, whether they be real or not. Another example can be ISIS threatening and showing violence on social network platforms. Some predators also use social networks to receive personal information, which can be very easy to access if one does not make their accounts private. While sharing information can lead to communication with regular people, others use this as a tool for violence and can be harmful in a much easier way.

If one is not safe and shares too much personal information on social networks, that person can be in serious danger. Many people lurk social networks waiting for people to be vulnerable to attack, and thus those people could be in serious danger. Social networks should not be a place for violence, but unfortunately some people are not safe with what they share on these platforms, and start to be in danger with others. Unfortunately, the social media companies can not necessarily change these settings to make people’s information much more private; it is the user’s responsibility to make sure that they know who they are friends with online, and how much information they share to the public. Social networks can be used as a serious tool for violence, and with the constant evolution and rise of different platforms for sharing information, one has to make sure they are extremely safe and invulnerable to attack.

My Life with Web 2.0

Life is hard to imagine without the web and internet. Specifically, Web 2.0 reinvented how humans, including myself, interact, communicate, and entertain themselves and each other. The idea of humans being able to communicate in a matter of seconds, or being able to read a breaking news segment from their cell phones using the internet, is beyond revolutionary. Though at times some people use the internet and Web 2.0 for destructive reasons, such as hacking and malware, the modern internet offers new and evolving ways to learn, create, and entertain. For myself, the internet is one of the most important resources for connection between friends and family, news, and entertainment. Web 2.0 allows for easy access to communication, especially with the more recent development and use of social media, and does so for┬ámany other teenagers. Though I and many others may take this connection for granted, I owe Web 2.0 a lot of responsibility for educating me updated with news and other people’s lives in the world.

As an 18 year old student, I cannot fully remember a life without Web 2.0. Though I mainly used the internet and Web 2.0 for online games, as I started to grow older, it meant so much more for myself and the ones around me. With the rise of social media, I was able to keep in contact with old friends, become friendlier with new friends, be updated on celebrity, musicians, or entertainers’ lives, and express myself through many different means. Like myself, many other teenagers use Web 2.0 for the same reasons, as well as many more because the web is so large with so many different options to explore. Though some may argue that the internet, cell phones, computers, and other technologic devices are making humans less social in person, humans are still able to interact with each other and develop more skills online. My family, friends, and many other strangers, rely on Web 2.0 to fulfill access to┬áresearch, music (such as music streaming or YouTube), communication, creativity, and entertainment. It has made humans smarter, and even made some famous through creative expression on the internet. The internet and Web 2.0 has impacted me in more ways than none, as well as most people in the United States. Hopefully, Web 2.0 will continue to evolve into something that will make myself and many others even smarter, and help shape us into better humans.