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ESSAY ON SOCIAL MEDIA: In the movie Spiderman, Uncle Ben once told Peter, “With great power comes great responsibility.” With the rise of the 21 st Century technology, people were introduced to a great tool that unexpectedly gave them back the power to influence or ruin people’s lives. Today, you can barely see people without a social media account. People from the cities to local towns have access to social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or Twitter. Every day, social media is flooded by thousands of posts, tweets, or comments about daily activities and happenings. With these social media had been a double-edged sword of benefits and detriments. In my opinion, today, social media does more damage than profits for four reasons: 1) social media promotes public-shaming, mental depression, and cyberbullying; 2) social media had been weaponized in the promulgation of fake news and historical revisionism; 3) it substitutes real-life experience with virtual reality; and, 4) social media promotes envy, pride, and greed. In a study conducted by Hinduja and Patchin (2018), students who experienced cyberbullying and bullying are nearly twice more likely to commit suicide. Moreover, according to the same authors, around 34% of students report experiencing cyberbullying during their lifetime. Lastly, in a study by Pew Research Council (2018), 59% of U.S. teens have been bullied or harassed online, and over 90% believe it's a major problem for people their age. These are not simply numbers; this is the reality that we face today. With the rise of the technology and the internet generation, we were given the opportunity to move forward and revolutionized the means of our communicating and connecting. With the rise of the new millennium ’s in novations, we have connected and bridged individuals all over the world. But as we become advanced, we may have overlooked the problem. With the rise of social media platforms, it had been easy for students and adults alike to resort to public media humiliation once someone wronged them. With the rise of these innovations, it had
become easier for teenagers and adults to laugh and humiliate individuals who look different from the standards set by our society. The rise in technological advancements paved the way to the rise in the cases of suicide, depression, bullying, and discrimination. We managed to make an existent problem way easier for oppressors and bullies. In his book “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed”, journalist Jon Ronson have highlighted several accounts of individuals whose life changed after being publicly humiliated and shamed in social media platforms. For example, the story of the humiliated science journalist from The New Yorker, Jonah Lehrer, who was publicly shamed in social media after he was exposed publicly for plagiarism and misuse of quotes. Although it is morally right to correct one person for his or her plagiarized works, the social media may not be the proper avenue to address the issue. There are million of other individuals who do not have something to do with the issue who will then ostracize and criticize the person. Furthermore, the

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