ISLAMABAD: Social media can be very influential for society in both positive and negative ways. It gives the people a way to stay in touch with those who live far away. It lets people share interesting and informative content. It gives businesses a way to engage with customers.
While it feels like social media has become commonplace in our daily lives, the reality is that social media, as a technology, is still in its infancy. We still have so much more left to learn about the intricacies of the algorithms and designs, especially when it comes to their impact on society.
One of the problems, however, is that anybody can share anything, including material that may not be accurate. In some cases, real harm is done when people spread inflammatory, unverified or outright false information. This can harm private individuals, as when someone is bullied online. It can also have a harmful impact on society as a whole. You’ve likely heard at least something about the negative impacts that social media can have on mental health. Many mental health professionals are deeply concerned about the impact that social media has on mental health. Some believe that the constant distraction of social media contributes to shortened attention spans. In addition, many people who regularly use platforms.
Many people think of cyber bullying as being a problem for young people. Unfortunately, adults may also bully each other online, and sometimes their targets are coworkers. Typical types of bullying include aggressive and unpleasant emails, private messages and public comments, putting unflattering or manipulated photos of the bullying target online. Employees who are victims of bullying often report experiencing extreme stress, which may eventually affect their performance. The age of the internet creates a grey area around the idea of bullying as the rules that surrounded it have been completely transformed due to its virtual nature. Furthermore, cyber bullying majorly affects a person’s mental health, as it being less physical and more psychological. Steps should be taken to curb this problem and literature should be produced to understand some of the grey areas
Syeda Nimra Bukhari
Published in The Express Tribune, December 2nd, 2019.