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Sally Ann Martin
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Social media: The good the bad and the dangerous

07 September 2018, 16:41

The human condition has always been replete with a variety of character traits, it has been during the 20th and 21st century that we have come to understand these traits on a more meaningful level as we attempt to understand the effect some of the more harmful ones can have on the individual at the receiving end. 

The social media revolution has created an all-pervasive platform from which exhibitionists, narcissists, voyeurs and bullies can flaunt, boast, envy and damage whom so ever they feel like aiming their brand of mental manipulations at.

Scrolling through face book feeds can provide an interesting insight into character and mental state.

There are those who change their face book profile picture on a daily basis, perhaps in a continuous search for the perfect image which captures exactly how they want the world to view them. Is this not the ultimate display of insecurity?

There are those who post rants, almost daring people to have an opinion contrary to there’s. Heaven help the poor soul who dares to contradict, they are met with insults and condescension. Is this not truly a sign on the narcissist seeking to validate their superior insights and knowledge?

There are those who post earth shattering news, however forget to leave out the news part! This is indeed a cry for attention (help). 

We have the trolls, private individuals or perhaps in the employ of a marketing/political entity. Desperately seeking out key words in order to flame the sometimes ridiculous assertions and assumptions.

Then we have the bullies, the entire world is their target, but they have chosen YOU as their victim. It is relentless, it is almost invisible, it has no logic. It provides the bully with the ultimate anonymous and most effective means of making your life miserable.

Not to forget the voyeurs, happily scrolling along, living other peoples lives vicariously. Some elevate their innocent perusals to the level of stalker, which can have dangerous consequences.

Yes, social media is a fantastic platform, and most people use it responsibly as a means to connect and share ideas and news.  However like any form of communication, it must be treated with respect, in awareness that while it is not face to face, the effects of harmful words or posts can be just as devastating.

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