A few days ago, The Age reported about a Facebook parenting page that had been the site of cyberbullying by mothers towards other mothers:
After a sharp increase in negative, personal and mean comments, Babyology’s managing editor Mandi Gunsberger advised ”we have made the decision to remove at our discretion any negative or abusive comments … Unless you would make a comment face-to-face, then this negativity does not have a place in our online space,” she said.
What is of huge concern is that adults, who should be role modelling positive internet use to their children, are the perpetrators of cyberbullying. As Babyology’s editor Mandi Gunsberger says, ‘ unless you would make a comment face-to-face, then this negativity does not have a place in our online space.’
Last week The Age and Sydney Morning Herald published an article by a year 11 student Olympia Nelson on the practice of teenage girls uploading sexy self portraits to social media. She explains:
If social media only caused narcissism, it wouldn’t be the worst thing. Instagram and Facebook are social networks that not only breed narcissistic tendencies but transform relations into a sexual rat race.
On these ubiquitous portals, the popularity of girls is hotly contested over one big deal: how sexy can I appear and bring it off with everyone’s admiration?
A common adult reaction to social media is to restrict things, as if that could ever be possible. You can’t force kids to be nice. The real problem isn’t something tangible like sexting or bullying, which adults focus on in patronising and unimaginative ways. The real problem relates to conformity. Kids are compelled to act the stereotype, because those who opt out commit themselves to social leprosy. Social media doesn’t need adult control. What we need is some good taste.
A Consumer Reports study last year found that 28% of Facebook users make all their posts public. By default, every tweet is public on Twitter, while Facebook’s default is private.
Thus, to get a hashtag to really catch on, marketers need to instruct consumers to make their status updates public. That’s what the cable net BET did when it tried to get viewers of its BET Awards last month to use Facebook hashtags.
The recently released Pew Report on social media use has highlighted some interesting and worrying statistics on what teenagers actually share online. Edudemic has developed an infographic to present the data:
CBS News (USA) is reporting that ill thought out and inappropriate social media updates are costing people jobs.
24 year old Ashley Payne didn’t know that a festive photo of her holding both a pint of beer and a glass of red wine would lead to her losing her high school teaching job.
However, the ill advised use of social media is also denying some applicants job interviews:
According to a new report, turning down young job candidates because of what they post on social media has become commonplace. The report, by On Device Research, states that 1 in 10 people between ages 16 and 34 have been turned down for a new job because of photos or comments on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other social networking sites.
Employers googling job candidates is the new normal. Constant self filtering is now required at all times.
Earlier this year, a group of gen y panelists shared their thoughts about online privacy. The six panelists explained how they now modify their online behaviour as
“We live in public.”
Darius was keenly aware that everything he shares on Twitter or other social media platforms is “out there,” which has made him extremely conscious about what he posts. “I would expect people to be more conscious,” he said.
“I have to filter myself,” Jordan said, explaining that she was concerned that some photos or check-ins she was tagged in on Facebook would send the wrong message to employers and colleagues.
Tess was shocked to find out that she curses more than 90 percent of other people on the social network, and the information has changed her behavior.
It’s great to see young adults in charge of their social media accounts, taking into account the fact that they will be judged by what they post.
Far from being the ultimate way to connect with peers, young adults are now viewing Facebook use as a ‘necessary burden‘.
Facebook has become a “social burden” for teens, write the authors of the Pew report. “While Facebook is still deeply integrated in teens’ everyday lives, it is sometimes seen as a utility and an obligation rather than an exciting new platform that teens can claim as their own.”
How do you view Facebook? Do you feel that you’ll miss out?