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 other people. 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, 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 instagram, and Facebook many times a day, spend an uncountable amount of time checking your profile 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 labour 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 cannot 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 online.
in addition, all the negative aspects of social networks, cannot 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 it is 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 question.