In recent years, Twitter has increased the ability for students to negatively interact online. Photo by Avree Martinez

In recent years, Twitter has increased the ability for students to negatively interact online. Photo by Avree Martinez

As a society that is fundamentally molded by the ready availability of new and improving technology, we've become heavily reliant upon it, and because of the convenience of it, we might even perhaps walk through life with a certain sense of blithe entitlement. But, what becomes of us as a society when we use various social media platforms to confront our problems and fight our battles? Embarrassment. We've all seen it- the battle online over a social media platform discussing anything from a relationship gone bad, politics, to the way in which someone dresses or portrays themselves. It always ends in a life-altering way, like - gasp - blocking someone or - even worse - getting a group of friends to join in on this online action, because they couldn't possibly have anything better going on in their lives. Have we truly reached that point? Social Scientist at Oxford Amy Reichnard has been studying the effect of technology upon millennials since the creation of social media platforms. After many years of research, she remarks, “Our adolescence has used social media as a comfort zone to say whatever they want and however they want to anyone they want. It's gotten to the unfortunate point that some now lack essential social skills- such as directly confronting a problem head-on.” It is understandable that social media is an outlet to express yourself and release emotion, but what does that do to your reputation? Nick Grahamel, college student at Northern Arizona University, reflects on this. He says, “I see people all the time fighting over Twitter and I honestly cringe. It's sad, it's embarrassing, and it's not worth any time. I don't understand why they can't see that.” So, next time you're upset with someone, think before you post. Consider the true consequences and how it may portray you. What's more, it could cost you potential opportunities in the future, such as college offers or job opportunities. The solution is simple- when faced with an issue with someone, be an adult, look them in the eye, and tell them. Save yourself the embarrassment.

By Avree Martinez

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