Social Media Diversity

Social Media seems to be the new market place not only of ideas and information, but of forecasts, conspiracies, predictions and even forthcoming news. The effects of Social Media go to great lengths when it comes to increased awareness on key issues, to instant acquisition of up-to-the-minute information on recent news and trends and even to increased motivation and behavior to work for individuals who find social media comments as reassurances to their beautiful physical and intellectual attributes.

Social Media seems to be the new market place not only of ideas and information, but of forecasts, conspiracies, predictions and even forthcoming news. The effects of Social Media go to great lengths when it comes to increased awareness on key issues, to instant acquisition of up-to-the-minute information on recent news and trends and even to increased motivation and behavior to work for individuals who find social media comments as reassurances to their beautiful physical and intellectual attributes.

Contrary to other interactions on other modes and mechanisms, social media is made up of a diverse and unique demographic. In previous years, people had this stereotype that it was only intended for young people. Now, even people in their late senior years have Facebook accounts where they actually try to look for their comrades for late life reunions or get together. Some children in their 1’s and 2’s even have their own Facebook accounts made by their parents, only for turnover once their consciousness of the world starts to properly kick-in and when they are capable to operate their cellphones and laptops independently.

Social Media also serves nowadays as an individual’s personal diary- a recollection of thoughts, events and ideas stored for future reference, only that once it is posted, it is already considered for general consumption. In celebration of an individual’s freedom of expression, all kinds of posts, statements and comments are seen in news feeds despite filters and governing rules set forth by social media channels. It usually takes some time for social media channels like Facebook to figure out abusive content due to the large number of Facebook users it has to monitor.

While there is beauty in Social Media, we have seen for ourselves how some have suffered with its wrong use. During the early 2010’s until today, many users have either been linguistically abused with slurs and personal insults. They are called victims of a negative action on social media called “cyber-bullying.” While most have recovered from being victims of cyber-bullying, there were some who weren't able to endure the stress and resorted to suicide to end their personal misery.

Everything you need is almost already available through Social Media- getting updates, finding partners, linking with old friends/colleagues, learning new pieces of information and even letting other people know of your recent whereabouts. Some people have come to embrace these realities while some still have trouble dealing with its expanding influence in our daily lives.

Embracing Diversity becomes more crucial with the expansion of the roles and influences of Social Media to all of us. You cannot exterminate the culture of bashing, cyber-bullying and even libel, even with the threat of legal action. You also cannot prevent people from posting selfies of themselves even if it annoys you to death. You cannot avoid hate posts because stress is part of every human being’s daily work life. You cannot buy peace of mind through social media but you can always learn to accept the differences that exist in the social media space.

With complexities in social media rapidly increasing and continuously evolving, the need for a broad understanding of diversity has become a requirement for all of its users. We cannot afford to waste and exhaust our energies towards criticizing it or even attempting to defeat its negativities.

Diversity is not just something that we must embrace but a reality that we must live with.

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About the Author
Mr. Aaron Benedict De Leon is currently a Business Development Practitioner in a private consulting firm. He has more than six years of professional experience in leading and managing political and non-government organizations, specializing in organizational management, policy development and program management. He has had stints with notable political/socio-civic organizations, serving in various capacities as: Secretary-General of the Centrist Democratic Party of the Philippines (CDP) [2013-2015], Founding Chairperson of the Centrist Democratic Youth Association of the Philippines (CDYAP) [2012-2014], Philippine Representative to the International Young Democrat Union (IYDU) [2011-2012], Chairperson of the Christian Democratic Youth [2011-2012], Secretary-General of YOUTH Philippines [2010-2011], and Spokesperson/Communications Director of the GT2010 Gilbert Teodoro Presidential Campaign [2009-2010].
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