To Post or to Not Post

Sierra Smith

Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and the list goes on.  Every social networking website has millions of teenagers liking, posting, re-blogging, messaging, doing all they can to get connected with others. But the messages don’t always leave a positive connection.  What about online bullying, slander, and hateful comments?  These websites were designed for sharing and to keep in touch with people, not to spread lies and rumors.  Some teens just don’t know how to keep drama offline.

Usually it starts from what someone hears offline, in school, or in real life.  They post it on Facebook, and that ignites the flame.  Comments start blowing up the notifications, words are said, and threats can be made.  Now let’s rewind.  The post never needed to be made.  Teens don’t seem to realize that what they post stays there forever, whether or not they delete it.  They don’t realize what they can do may not only affect themselves, but possibly the person they are talking about.

Social networking has become a shield for people to hide behind.  They can be silently blogging in the depths of Tumblr, or uploading pictures to Instagram.  Whether or not they’re posting inappropriate material, they’re still hidden from the consequences of real life.  Until some one reports them.  It’s not that hard to press one button to get rid of hateful material, but for some it’s like betraying that person.  They need to realize they might just save someone from dealing with some high school drama or major issues.  All this is done with a click of a button.

In the long run, some users delete their account all together.  They are officially free of drama on the internet.  But to make it simpler for everyone, people could learn how to refrain from posting one irrelevant thing.  Overall, keep your drama to yourself, or get off the internet.