Social Media Survival Guide

Online, I am known as a gamer, when you look up my name, there isn’t really anything there. But if you look up my username, you find a lot more stuff, from accounts on sites to videos on YouTube. I think people perceive me as a gamer (a bad one), based on the types of things that you would see when you look me up, I collaborate on many of my friends YouTube channels, doing gaming related content, I play games competitively and if people like how I play they can friend me and check out my profile. I don’t really consider much, considering that I don’t really post much of anything. It doesn’t really come to me to think “am what I posting going to offend somebody?” I mainly don’t think about that because I really don’t care what people think of because at my age I’m not looking for a professional job, and no company is going to be judging my teenager life 10 years from now. One pro to sharing things online is that everybody that you wanted to show that thing to, you did. Sharing things online makes it easier to show a group of people, and with the comment section, you can discuss the thing you shared. One con is that you might be sending it to too many people, while you might find something funny, others might not. Especially if what you are sharing is a joke that involves race/ethnicity in it. Lack of control is a big part of sharing things, while you were the one sending the picture or message, after you send it, it’s out of your hands. Anybody can screenshot it or they can say terrible things about you or people in the photo in the comments section. Permanence might relate to how online we are unchanged on the internet. A big controversy at the moment is background checks over the internet. In my opinion, I think that background checks are unnecessary and I think that employers should see how the employee acts and how they are in their job interview.                

Free speech is told in the first amendment. “The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition.”  A troll is a person who is trying to ruin the fun and joy of others by annoying them or ruining what they’re doing. If you are in a game, a troll can deliberately kill you just to get a reaction out of you.

The goals of trolls is to make you upset, annoyed, mad, to get any reaction out of it for their own personal amusement. It makes them happy to see others in pain. That’s why many people call them sadists. The only way we can stop trolling is if we ignore it, all we have to do is not give them the reaction that they want. If we do that then they will stop because they won’t be having their fun.  There are a couple pros and cons of posting anonymously online. Some pros are that others don’t know who you are. You can voice your opinions without others knowing who you are and starting up a whole scene with your face on the front of the stories. A con is that people cannot find you online and if you have any accomplishments, they won’t be cherished on the internet. Here are three tips to surviving on social media. First, you should never post when you are flustered. You do things that you wouldn’t do normally and it can cause some problems. Second, make sure to think about the groups you join. Don’t join many groups as a joke or for a laugh, because many people could take it the wrong way. And third, don’t have an opinion! No matter what you say on the internet, people will fight you, so it is best to just not show your opinion off to everybody.

Comments (3)

Colin Chobert (Student 2019)
Colin Chobert

I really like the tips that you had at the end, they seemed very well thought out, you could maybe work on the phrasing in the beginning but otherwise it was a very well put together post. I was also wondering why is it you believe potential employers won't look at your teenage internet activity while considering you for a job?