#EngTalk: Social media

Hi, Fellas, are you fond of social media?

In this occasion, I actually want to talk about the effect of social media. You can share your opinion, feeling or your own experience which is related to this topic.

What is your first social media account? When I was in junior high school, I had Friendster.

“my first social media is twitter, and i’m still using it until now.” – 

“Myspace.” 

“Friendster.” – 

“Me too.. *High Five*” – 

“Facebook.” – 

“mirc.” 

Did you have an account on Friendster, too? What do you think about Friendster?

“I used to have when I was in high school.. it was my first sosmed account.” – 

“My favourite social media!” – 

“Fs : Wrote ‘a program code’ (but i’m not pretty sure it was a program code)to make our profile or testimony more attractive.” – 

I’m not sure if we have the same opinion, but I think most user of Friendster are from Malaysia and Philippines. I still remember that there were many anime fans there, especially Naruto, and we used to exchange pictures and we have competitions to collect the best ones. I still communicate with some of my Friendster friends and we have a good relationship, one of them even went to the same university with my schoolmate and became friends.

Just like my reply to one of our followers, I started to get to know Facebook in senior high school and left Friendster. What do you think about Facebook? Do you like it more than Friendster?

“I got a lot of friends by facebook.” – 

“Yes, and I still like it now! I use Facebook for almost 7 years.” – 

Anyway, I made a real friendship with two of my Facebook friends because we accidentally attended the same university.

Building friendship is one of the benefits of using social media. In addition, we can also get and share information through social media. According to your own experience, what are other benefits of using social media?

“We know the new place to visit or holiday.” – 

“Learning English.” – 

“Keep in touch with people around me.” – 

We realize that everything has two opposite sides. Besides giving benefits, social media also gives us some negative consequences. Most people are aware that since smartphone became popular in the late 2013, there were huge number of application started to birth. For instance, Instagram and Path are some of the most popular applications.

Lately, I found a statement about social media in my twitter timeline. It is said, “We have to be wise in dealing with social media because some posts would make us feel unsatisfied of our own life.”

We realize that there are many fancy posts, especially photos, in our social media timeline. For example, the photo of traveling, dinner/lunch (in a cool-looking café/restaurant), party, etc. Whether you are aware or not, it has become a current social competition.

“Yes. Everyone seems like to get more attention on socmed so they want to be recognized by other people that they are existing!” – 

Some posts may also cause jealousy and insecurity to someone. Particularly, if they have many likes and comments. As an ordinary person, I did feel those feelings in the past. Similarly, my friend made a confession that she envied me because I posted a photo when I was traveling in Bali.

Did you ever experience anger/jealousy or other negative feelings while looking at your friend’s social media timeline?

“yup sometimes I feel jealous if my friends go traveling a lot..” – 

“Never ever.” – 

“yes. But indeed the purpose of social media is to show off something we have. So its reasonable.” – 

“Not about my friends but yes when someone share something that’s goes against my beliefs (e.g post about animals violence)” – 

“I don’t follow people mistakenly thinking social media purpose is to show off their possession. Follow the ones sharing beneficial ideas.” – 

“Yess, everytime they spread their anger, blow up it and start mocking each others with sarcasm, it arouses my feeling to mute them,..but it’s not for so long, I used to unmute them back on the next day, just to protect my self from bad behavior.” – 

What are some the negative effects of social media you can mention?

“Social Media is good for anyone who want to get information easily but the danger is no body seek if it’s really true or not.” – 

“Makes us addicted?” – 

Once I realized I experienced the negative effects, I started to control my activity in social media. It was hard at the beginning, but when you get used to it, you will feel that your burdens have been lightened. I even feel much happier because I don’t have to think about my unreal reputation and compete with other people’s life.

So, Fellas, I didn’t intend to ask you to follow me, but I hope my brief story would be inspiring.

Source: http://www.thenational.ae/arts-life/well-being/green-with-envy-how-social-media-can-increase-jealousy

Compiled and written by @mettaa_ for @EnglishTips4u on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

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