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Media and information technology play a vital role in globalization. Through these, we become connected to different people around the world. These have a significant influence on the modern culture and become tools in sharing information, ideas, personal messages, and other content and have become more widespread and accessible. Not only that, they become sources of information, but entertainment as well.
Media particularly social media provides great ways to connect, to interact, and to communicate with friends and family living separately. Your friend or family may not be next to you holding your hand while you breakdown, at least they are just a click away. We can share pictures, videos, some information among our friends who are far away from us. Through social media, you can make strong your existing relationships and can make new friends from all over the world through different social networking websites.
Social media reduce the barriers of communication and making it easier for everyone to express their thoughts to the world. Indeed, as technology grows and expands our range of communication, media is becoming a vital tool for daily social interaction.
While media can be a good channel for communication and a good source of information, they also pose some threats to others, among these are as follows.
Media becomes a source of misinformation and fake news. These sometimes are utilized to push personal gain and agenda making the receiver of the information deceived, confused and misinformed.
The recent misinformation or fake news that I have seen on social media was about the death of the famous Filipino pool champion Efren Bata Reyes.
I don't know why they are doing this and what possibly could they gain from doing it. Shameless people, trying to gain followers by posting fake news.
Though media help us improve the way we communicate, it is also abused by many, everybody published whatever they want and unmindful of the consequences of their posts. Social media made everyone feel that they are allowed to say whatever comes to their mind, making them say things that they would not normally say on personal encounters thus fuelling up bullying.
Media can also pose medical, social and psychological issues. What is posted on media may cause dissatisfaction with body image, creates addiction, promote identity stealing and can destroy interpersonal relationships.
So, let us be mindful on whatever we post on social media. And do some research before believing and sharing some information to prevent widespread of fake news.