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Social Media and You

Discussion in 'The Kitchen Sink' started by anna ~ grace, Apr 23, 2021.

  1. anna ~ grace

    anna ~ grace Newbie Supporter

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    So, what Social Media platforms are you on?

    In the past few years, have you joined more or dropped more platforms?

    Was the world a better place before we could post, tweet, like, and publish our every thought, whim, experience, or opinion? Has Social Media made the world, and society, better, or worse? Has Social Media had a positive or a negative influence on journalism, how we get our news and info, and how we make our decisions in life?

    I post here. And I e-mail and phone call / FaceTime close family. That’s about it. Otherwise, if I see you, I see you. In real life.
     
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  2. adderbolt

    adderbolt Active Member

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    I've moved off everything except here and Gab-Pro and only 11 posts on Gab in the past three months but I'm an outlier.
     
  3. seeking.IAM

    seeking.IAM Episcopalian Supporter

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    I think social media is like many other things. It's not inherently evil. It's all about how you use it. It's a great way to say connected with friends from long ago or friends and family who live great distances from you. It is not a great place to hash out your arguments, spout politics, use as a soapbox, etc. You can tune out posters or content you find offensive.
     
  4. .Mikha'el.

    .Mikha'el. Young Fogie Staff Member Supervisor Supporter

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    I'm on Facebook and this site. I've never felt any need for Twitter, Instagram, and the rest.
     
  5. Joyous Song

    Joyous Song Well-Known Member

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    JS: I'm here that;s about it.
     
  6. anna ~ grace

    anna ~ grace Newbie Supporter

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    Do you feel like Social Media has had a positive or a negative impact on journalism? Has it made us better informed, or less informed?
     
  7. Joyous Song

    Joyous Song Well-Known Member

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    JS: those I know who seem heavily involved in social media around here seem to have a far more distorted view.
     
  8. 2BeholdHisGlory

    2BeholdHisGlory Still on vacation!

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    I have come back on CF after some years of being on a break from forums, I have been a member here as far back as 2006 under my former screenname. Outside of this place nothing really. I do have my own forum which is just "me myself and I" a place where I keep my studies (and off my computer) and theres a couple of other forums I am a member of (but not too active on) but I do not belong to any of these big social media sites. Theres nothing even remotely enticing about those places that I would want to take part in them.

    But to be honest I have always been a little suspicious of those sorts of places.

    And on an aside note, that could be my age maybe? I don't know, I am not a good comunicator and not at all acclimated socially to these strange platforms. I have felt I grew up in a different world then what its now become and very often there are older people in every generation that don't take to change well (and that could just be me) because others have adapted better,. However, I thought, even if I were to join I would be suspended in no time because I apparently offend in words I cant even figure out in this nutso generation. Heck, even my humor (which I engage less and less in) will apparently offend the godless more then those who acknowledge the one true God (who nothing shall offend).

    Makes things harder that I am not up on the current lingo that was fine in my time but somehow deserves a prison sentence of some kind today. These poor kids these days in these low intelligence/overpriced schools which are leave them far dumber after they graduate then when they went it, not to mention broker then broke (they were robbed)
     
  9. Joyous Song

    Joyous Song Well-Known Member

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    JS: Age maybe but being a introvert might also be why. Social media faster pace than message boards.
     
  10. 2BeholdHisGlory

    2BeholdHisGlory Still on vacation!

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    That could be true too because I am one, technology is just too fast for me. I still have a flip phone, I dont even know how to text on it (if I had one) But I dont think I would ever want to text its just too small for me. As with everything my eyesight is getting worse as my years advance, it was never the best but I still post using a laptop with my screen set at 175% for a decent view.

    I'm outdated and I am very fine about that
     
  11. Joyous Song

    Joyous Song Well-Known Member

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    JS: a blessed woman, Bernice didn't even own a computer or flip phone. She with our L-rd and Savior now. I now own a smart phone, its been a learning curve to say the least, my old phone died and this is all they had. Still I learning, slowly.....
     
  12. Robban

    Robban ----------- Supporter

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  13. 2BeholdHisGlory

    2BeholdHisGlory Still on vacation!

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    I'm not as good with those technology learning curves, I recall thinking I was smart (and my mom not so smart) because she did not know how to program her VCR (she would have us do that for her) back then that was the technology and I guess you just lose interest in things being too complex and yearn for simplicity.

    I was so afraid my (3G) flip phone would die that I bought a back up flip phone (1 G) higher then it to replace that one in case it did, so I still have a new (and unused back up flip phone).

    Would prefer my landline back, I dont believe this technology is safe but has built in back doors/apps which can be used to defraud people.
     
  14. Joyous Song

    Joyous Song Well-Known Member

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    JS: I went Linux for both phone and computer and my search engine is not connected to Google. I find open source is far safer. I also have a son with technological skills who helps me out of I have a problem.
     
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  15. 2BeholdHisGlory

    2BeholdHisGlory Still on vacation!

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    I was interested in Linux also but not the learning curve. I just use duckdukgo, although I will click on a video over at Youtube and Google owns that so I try looking elsewhere first.

    I use a VPN but now my own website is targetting VPN's and I was like, "what on earth for"? They use some dronebl thing that forbids you to enter without going to that site and somehow answering for incidents as far back as the previous year on an IP assigned to you by the VPN service, just sounds like a shady thing to me.
     
  16. Anthony2019

    Anthony2019 Pax et bonum! CF Ambassadors Supporter

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    Apart from CF, I use Facebook as my main social media platform. I never really got into Twitter, Instagram or others.

    When used carefully and responsibly, social media has a lot of advantages. It helps you to connect (and reconnect) with your friends. It is particularly helpful for catching up with people who, for practical reasons, you can't meet up with in person. It is a great platform for sharing your news stories, photos, videos, and discussing your thoughts and feelings.

    One of the greatest features of social media is the ability to join groups who share a common interest. Some of the groups are public, others are private. It is a good way for people to make new friends and build up support networks, which for many may help to alleviate their feelings of isolation.

    I love amateur photography and writing music and social media is a good way to share it with others. I use Facebook to watch video streams of the Mass and other services at church which was particularly helpful to me when my church was closed during the Covid19 lockdown. My housegroup meets up on Zoom every two weeks and we have a private group on social media where we can share things with others in the group.

    Unfortunately social media can be (and has been) misused by a lot of people.

    Some people have lost their jobs after posting derogatory comments or sharing confidential information about their employer. Professional people (such as therapists, doctors, nurses, teachers, etc) have got themselves into hot water with their regulators by posting inappropriate content on social media that has brought their fitness to practice into question. Others have faced lawsuits by posting messages and images that are defamatory of individual people, groups or organisations, or where their privacy and dignity has been compromised.

    Social media has opened up a whole new world of opportunities and we can now communicate with one another in ways that we previously never thought was possible.

    But freedom comes with responsibility. We are responsible for what we post online. Once our content is published, it will be seen by many people, and not just those we think will see it.

    Here are my top tips for enjoying a trouble free social media experience.

    1. Respect confidentiality. Be careful not to disclose too much personal and sensitive information about yourself and certainly you should be very careful about sharing information about the people you know.
    2. Do not use social media if you are under the influence of alcohol. If you are enjoying a celebration or a night out, then by all means enjoy yourself, take a camera and capture the occasion , but wait until the next day when you have sobered up to post your pictures and your comments, unless you are prepared to face permanent and irreversible damage to your friendships or even disciplinary action from your employer for gross misconduct, by posting something you never meant to when you were intoxicated.
    3. As a general rule of thumb, it is best not to talk about your job. It is great to talk about your personal achievements, the certificate you gained, the promotion you got, but leave it at that. You should certainly not disclose on social media the kind of day you had, whether good or bad, and you should never disclose information about your organisation, its employees, or clients.
    4. Respect equality and diversity. Many of our friends and contacts do not share our views. When posting comments about our theological and political convictions, be prepared for the fact that our views may offend some people and they may chose to sever their friendship with us. If your job involves working with the general public, including people from different social, cultural, economic and religious backgrounds, then what you post online should be very careful, tolerant and respectful.
    5. Be patient and tolerant to other posters, who may share messages which you do not agree with. You have a right to your opinion, and they have a right to theirs. Even if they come across as being obnoxious and unreasonable, be sure to show kindness, humility and respect.
    6. Jesus said in Matthew 12:36 "But I tell you that men will give an account on the day of judgement for every careless word they have spoken". I am pretty sure that this pronouncement equally applies to our written communications and our behaviour on social media. Let our conversations be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that we may know how to answer everyone (Colossians 4:6).
     
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  17. MehGuy

    MehGuy A member of the less neotenous sex.. Supporter

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    This is the only place on the internet I post/interact with.
     
  18. Elliewaves

    Elliewaves Untouchable internet saint

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    Here, on and off, and then mainly IG. I have a small personal account (private) and a public account for my dog......he's an influencer! It's fun to run my pet account and people seem to love it.
     
  19. Danthemailman

    Danthemailman Well-Known Member

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    I'm on seven different Christian forum sites. I don't mess with Facebook or Twitter. My wife just has Facebook.
     
  20. Cis.jd

    Cis.jd Well-Known Member

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    I just go to facebook and linkedin. FB just to reconnect and be in touch with family/friends and linkedin for professional reasons.

    I hate twitter.. i've tried it, but the snowflake gen z over there ruins the whole thing. I can be very anti-conservative, but twitter leftists sometimes makes me rethink as to which side of the political spectrum i hate the most.
     
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