Friday, 2 November 2018

The Effect of Social Media on You.

According to Myles Munroe, when the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable. 
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Social media as a term was believed to have been first used by a photographer, writer, strategist and hacker, Darrell Barrey in 1994 when he was developing an online media environment called Matisse while he was living in Tokyo. 
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In 1997, the first recognizable social media site, Six Degrees was created to enhance users to upload their profile and make friends with other users. 
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Although some school of thought dated the history of social media as far back as the era of telegraph, I'm not here to take you through the history on it; Google is your friend, however, you need to know the effect on your life as its use is now gaining more grounds. 
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Everyone on social media has something to sell, if you don't have a product to sell, what you do on social media makes you a product. 
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Through your activities on social media, it's very easy to know who you are, your philosophy and your identity - what you stand for. But when you don't know why social media exist, you will abuse its use and your life on it. 
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There are several benefits of social media in the world, it cuts across branding, marketing, networking, advertising and so on, both positive and negative. 
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It's negative effect includes, 
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1. Addiction. The use of your phones for SM apps is addictive, very addictive. If you don't have a rule over your spirit on the use of it, you'll be addicted to it. It will steal your time and anything or anyone that doesn't value your time doesn't value your life. 
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Many have been knocked down on the road for being engrossed with the use of their smartphones. Know when and where to use it. 
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2. Distraction. The greatest distraction in the life of this generation is the use of SM especially for those who are slaves of it. You cannot be successful in life if you spend more than two hours or more on SM at a stretch. It will distract you from fulfilling purpose or achieving anything remarkable in life. 
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Have you seen where two persons are seated close to one another and for hours, they're not talking to each other but laughing while chatting with a virtual or distant friend on SM? Or in the middle of a conversation someone's phone beeps for notification and the discussion ends? 
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3. Pollution. As much as information is widely circulated, both censored and uncensored, truth and lies, heresies and falsehood, be very careful of what you allow into your mind as you read information on SM. 
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Many have been polluted sexually, mentally and morally because of the things they were exposed to on SM. 
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4. Destruction. As good as social media is, ignorant use of it has destroyed many people especially marriages, friendship and lots of singles have met their waterloo on it. That everyone appears cool, calm and collected on SM doesn't mean they're so in reality, be wise and don't be gullible. 
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However, it's positive effects are, 
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1. It's a learning platform. We learn everyday. SM is a good platform to achieve this but be careful of the information that you expose yourself to on this platform. 
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Many have learnt things that destroyed their marriages, relationships, faith and life in general. To overcome this menace, you must be grounded in the truth. Jesus is the TRUTH and the Holy Spirit is the spirit of truth you also need. 
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Lies are widely circulated on SM, be very careful. If you don't know the truth, you'll sell it and buy cheap lies that appears on SM feeds or on your friend's timeline. 
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2. A Tool for Evangelism. Do you know that social media is a world on its own? As disciples of Christ, your mission on social media is to make DISCIPLES. It's an abuse to use social media for personal aggrandisement and the likes. 
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As much as its not a crime to be social and it's not carnality to be, let your influence on SM be for the gospel, business or to make positive impact. If you cannot share the gospel in the bus or on the street, you shouldn't be shy to identify with Him on your timeline via SM. 
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3. Relationship and networking. SM is a platform to make virtual relationships and to increase your customer base. Many entered into relationships online that destroyed their lives. 
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Don't get me wrong, good relationship and networks exist but if you're not mature enough to define the purpose of SM to you, it'll define and destroy you. 
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Water is good for the body but too much of it is harmful, so likewise is it with SM. Try as much as you can to keep confidential or personal matters off the cyberspace. If you think no one knows about it, you'd be surprised to know dozens of people who have seen what you shared.
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Am I here to dictate what you're to do with your life on SM? No! Make wise use of it and never abuse its purpose. 
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© Oluwamayowa Adeniyi.

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