Social networks: a blessing or a curse? | News, Sports, Jobs

Not long ago, the VFTB asked the question: Technology: friend or foe? This story is derived from that one.

Over the past decade and more, the means of communication have changed dramatically through mobile devices and the creation of Email, SMS, Facebook, Face Time, Skype, Zoom, Instagram and everything else that I don’t know. can not understand. We have seen people constantly with phones in their hands or walking down the street as if talking to themselves while wearing headphones and using phones with wireless microphones. We have seen the most popular body parts exercising the most in the world today, being the thumbs, as they seem to be doing almost non-stop workouts as people start texting and tweeting at the phone. during a good old phone conversation, or even better, good old fashioned sitting, face to face, eye contact, dialogue with each other.

Don’t get me wrong, I have been sucked into the world of instant communication as I have sometimes reluctantly learned to email, text, Facebook, Skype, and Zoom, trying to keep up. . -changing world of communication. I’ve also learned from Google, You Tube, and Worldwide Web all of these new and ever-expanding ways of instant communication, shopping, DIY video instructions, sharing family photos, and photos of interest. , finding items for cars, appliances, home decor, home improvement, entertainment, dining, just about anything any of us find interesting, informative, and of course quick and easy.

It’s hard for some to imagine life without all of these changes and snapshots, unless you come from a generation that lived through an era that included a face-to-face or landline phone conversation, computer consoles. television, thank you letter / card writing, film photography, store shopping, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and movie and theater productions to name a few.

As good as some changes to these things are, like a lot of things, there have been people who have found ways to make them mean, to hurt people, to use them for their own agendas at the expense of others.

How many have been the subject of endless spam / fraudulent calls regarding car warranties, or being eligible for medical kits that do not exist? How many have received emails saying their accounts need to be updated and they only have to provide information to put things right, having their identity stolen if they do? How many are getting text messages or emails about their bank accounts that they don’t even have? How many have had their Facebook accounts, Twitter accounts, credit card accounts, financial information, personal information, hacked, and their credit cards have been depleted and / or their bank accounts have been stolen?

And what about the way people use Facebook? I took to Facebook to have easy contact with my family and friends separated by distance. It is a way to share what is going on in our family, to see what is going on in the lives of my siblings, in-laws, children, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, or d ‘hear what is going on with former students and athletes that I’ ve worked with. It’s a great way to keep in touch with former colleagues, officials, classmates, and fans of my favorite teams. It is a way to let alumni know that I am available if they need letters of reference, or by phone, for graduate studies or a job, profession or career. of their choice. (I am never friends with a student until they become a senior in high school, and only for that purpose. After they graduated, it was a wonderful way to see how their life was shaped, with their own family and their own work.)

To become the subjects of some narcissistic people who denigrate those who coach or lead children, or volunteer to work with others, and then find themselves the subject of what could be compared to being a notorious criminal, because their child didn’t make a team, or didn’t get most of the playing time, or the team lost more games than the person thought they should have lost. This also includes people who use their mobile devices for video games in games which could show that an official may have missed a call in a match / match, as well as shouting for said coach / official to be fired from. its work, those that the plaintiffs would not want forward to do.

Facebook also has its share of bullies, bullies, demeanors and bashers in political discussions, sports speeches, on music fan pages and in judging or blaming people based on race, creed. , ethnicity, religion and / or sexual orientation or identity.

So even though technology and social media have made our lives more convenient, they have brought a whole new set of ways to hurt others, thus begging the question: is this a blessing or a curse? You decide.

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