Very few people understand the danger that social media has
made in our lives, turning it into an open book, where information about us can
be read not only by our friends, but also by ill-wishers. Therefore it is very
naive not to think about possible threats from social networks.
When people first get to know about social networks, they
hesitate: create a profile or not. After they activated their account, they
immediately begin to post information and invite their friends to join their
circle of friends. Their enthusiasm is also heated and the media, which
constantly talk about updates launched in social networks. If you refuse to
create an account on Facebook or in “VKontakte”, your friends are
still beginning to send you invitations.
You can surrender and join one social network, two, three
…. The advantages of a social network can blind you and make you forget about
the threats in its depths. You come to puppy delight from the fact that you can
always stay in touch with people who are not indifferent to you. You are
impressed by the opportunity to share information, news, photos, video clips
with various groups of people in which you are. But let’s take a quiet look at
social networks on the other side. After all, they have, as a rule, two medals.
We bring to your attention the seven main dangers of social
media, which harbor social networks. The list can be replenished along with how
we will continue to use social networks, and they, in turn, will develop in the
most unpredictable manner, together with new technologies.
Danger one: privacy issues
By posting information about yourself in social media, you
must be prepared for the fact that a large number of people can see it. In the
end, your private life becomes public.
The second danger: hacking and cracking passwords
Even if you take all measures to protect information about
yourself from people you do not know, these attempts, in the end, may be
useless. There are many hacker programs that help to select passwords for
popular websites and hack them.
Danger the third: virtual counterparts
From time to time, you disclose information about yourself:
your date of birth, information about your family, your studies, your
preferences in literature and cinema, the trips you do, the people you work
with, the place where you live, and so on, other, other. Someone can steal
these data, put them together and create your virtual counterpart.
The fourth danger: Internet addiction
Social networking sites can cause addiction: they are very
easy to use, they open up to you a whole world of information that has not been
known so far. Social networks give you the opportunity to express yourself to
the whole world. You can go to your pages in Vkontakte, Odnoklassniki, Facebook
and many times a day, spend an uncountable amount of time checking your
accounts or simply reading about what is happening in your friends’ lives. You
can spend on it working time and give less time to family and friends.
Danger the fifth: to be caught in the camera lens
Imagine the situation: you were drinking at a party and
hugging with a hardly familiar girl. And the next day your acquaintances or
friends spread these “funny” photos in their opinion into a social
network and their wife sees them. The scandal is assured!
Danger the sixth: a test at work
More and more HR-recruiters use social media in order to
clarify the past of their applicants. You can be a student or work quietly at
your current location. And, perhaps, you do not even suspect that you will soon
be looking for a new job. You do not care that HR-recruiters can view your
accounts in social media, because at the moment you are not an active job
seeker in the labor market. But your current pages can be viewed by recruiters
in the future when you need work. Your data may be temporary, because at any
time you can delete it. At the same time, other people (friends or strangers)
can view your data and copy or even save your photos, videos and posts, and
also repost them on your pages. And any information that is too frank or
discreditable may become known to any interested person.
Danger the seventh: potential problems in the workplace
You can post information about colleagues or your boss,
which seems innocuous to you, but their view of this may differ from yours. All
can end with the disclosure of confidential information that discredits you in
the eyes of the company and will lead to serious consequences. You can post
information about yourself, which, in your opinion, has nothing to do with
work. Whatever it was, but if you hold a high post, then you are not free to
post personal information on the Web. Of course, only if you are not the
embodiment of the ideal of corporate culture. Until you join social networks,
you can divide your personal life from work, but your activity in social
networks, contrary to all your desires, still connects them together.
In order not to become dependent on social networks, it is
necessary to follow certain recommendations of psychologists who have faced a
new type of dependence in many countries.
First, we must gradually restrict access to social networks.
For example: put yourself a clear time limit spent online. For this purpose, an
alarm clock and reminders of network friends (ask them to swear at you if you
exceed it) will do. The main thing is to gradually reduce the time of
“sitting” in the social network. Better take away two or three
minutes a day. Then the difference will be invisible, but you can achieve
results in a fairly short period of time.
Secondly, you need to clearly track what you do in social
networks. Ruthlessly remove from the list of friends those with whom you do not
communicate constantly and whose posts you read only because you are accustomed
to doing it. Reading new messages should be reduced to one, a maximum of two
times a day. After carrying out the above manipulations, this will be quite
enough. There is one interesting device that almost always works. For example,
many users of the site “VKontakte” complain that they go to the site,
but they do not greet anyone, full of determination not to communicate and not
to waste time on chatter. But the rest of the visitors see that their friends
are online, and they say hello, they start a conversation, and they can not
refuse it out of courtesy, and then word for word and rushed. All diligence and
limitations are a nuisance. There is a way out: just force yourself not to go
to the site. It’s much easier than being silent while online, or explaining to
everyone that you’re busy or are going through a course of psychotherapy.
Third, think about your health. If you do not sleep well,
suffer from back pain, wear glasses or lenses, then just imagine how many
inconveniences and pains will disappear from your life. Think about how, in
fact, not only the long stationary sitting motion, the monotonous movements of
the hands and fingers, the one-pointed view, the hunched back and the strained
neck, are harmful, but this way of life. Surely you go to bed late and get up,
you do not spend much time in the air and do not go in for sports, you eat
irregularly and randomly. And the absence of such aspects of your appearance as
bags and bruises under the eyes, red squirrels, pale complexion, stooping,
leanness or, conversely, obesity, will make you much more attractive and brighter.
Plus, irritability, fatigue, inattention, as well as indifference to the
outside world, not related to the Internet, will disappear. And people will
reach out to you, giving you the same communication that you were searching on
the Web. To really want to get rid of all the above-mentioned consequences of
incubating in front of the monitor, you really need to realize what is more
valuable to you – health, blossoming image and positive, or a thick card in the
clinic, an always tired look and a train flying right at you, instead of light
at the end of the tunnel .
Let’s sum up the results
The dangers hidden in social networks are more than real.
You can enjoy using social networks, but you should do it carefully and with
caution. Use common sense when sharing your personal information with others.
Be prepared for the fact that your page at any time can become public. Talk
about this with your children and tell them about the possible consequences of
the thoughtless placement of some information or just watch their actions
And yet, despite all the negative aspects of social
networks, one can not but admit that there is no road back. And no one can
refuse them, because if it is a network for communication, it is very
convenient, economical and practical, if for work and creativity, it seems
quick, productive and useful. Yes, of course, now through the same
“Contact” you can rent accommodation, buy a ticket to a party and
order your clothes. Through Facebook, gather people who are like-minded and conduct
a survey around the world, and through “Classmates” to sit, chat with
relatives and congratulate everyone on their birthday, giving virtual gifts.
Not life, but a fairy tale! Only than it threatens to end, that is the