Manners and civility in the age of social media
I can understand few benefits to social media; immediate news and instant information perhaps..but young children/teens, even some adults it seems to be more of a tool for bullying and self importance. By self importance I mean selfies, and minute by minute updates on gossip or commenting on a meeting or class you are in, instead of actually participating in it. If you were face to face with a person or on the phone most people would never make the negative and hurtful comments to them to their face that they do online. The empathy and civility we learned growing up is now disappearing. Children today become unable to deal with people and situations in real life because online has become real life to them. Parents have less and less control over what their child is doing on all these different media devices, access is everywhere. It has created a forum from which young people can not make mistakes with out it forever being a scar. Everything is a record. There are no second chances.