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Is Social Networking Social Suicide?
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Is Social Networking Social Suicide?

Social networking has been and still is a big part of our lives. For some of us, it's our whole lives.

But, it can ruin your life before the blink of an eye and put you to shame. I’ve always said that Facebook should come with a sign that says: “handle with care.” Every time I tell someone that, I get the same reaction: the silent smile, the nod and shaking of the head at the same time. How tragic.

Facebook was invented in 2004 and has 845 million active users with different opinions, different personalities from different locations. That’s what makes it so fun, so mysterious and makes it so easy to find friends that you didn’t even know you had.

Who needs them? Nobody knows, but what we do know is that 5000 friends on Facebook makes you cool. How tragic.

As a 24-year-old Swede with roots from Iran and family all over the world, I am really thankful that Facebook was invented. It has helped me a lot in my work and with family connections. But some people are just overdoing it. They are abusing the power of social networking and their status updates are all about how they sat on the toilet to how the girl last night was a grenade.

Sure, I do love to sneak around and see what my close friends are up to and who they drag home at nights, but what I don’t understand is why I would want to know what kind of drink you ordered for your $7 lunch? I eat too, you know, but my food isn’t that special. It’s not made out of gold like yours, your heiness.

I met a friend a while ago that I always had really fun with when we were younger. I hadn’t seen him for a long time before we met up a couple of weeks ago and decided to spend the weekend together. In reality, the more exact situation would be that he spent the weekend with his Facebook and Twitter account instead of with me.

Now I’m confused: is social networking social suicide?  I thought that social networking sites were invented to help socialize, but I think some of us misunderstood that part completely.

I don’t know when I’m going to see him again. I hope not for a while though. It really feels like a slap in the face when somebody ignores you when you hang out with him or her and all they want to know is how many cows they have left on Farmville. How tragic.

Now that I’ve felt the dark side of social networking too, I can say that I cherish every second I have with the person I’m hanging out with and that I never ever can imagine spending more time with my accounts than with that person.  Who knows what will happen next? What if the worst thing that can happen would happen and all you have left is your status update that says “Rest In Peace”?

When I think about that I almost feel sorry for those of us who are letting the cyberworld control our lives. Of course, I know that social media has its benefits, but I think we should control media and not let social media control us.

So next time you’ll think about status updating what kind of shampoo you just used, think about who you could call instead just to say “I miss you.” That would be something to remember, something that leaves an impression and something that makes someone you love happy.

Now tell me: can your shampoo do that for you?

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