Social media is like a double-edge sword in our daily life. It does a great job in sending out news and messages in a timely way and can be really efficient in calling for help. On the other hand, due to the anonymous feature, everyone can easily put on the mask and become someone else and free from the constraint of personal ethics and responsibility. This mask makes people online somewhat “bullet-proof” and promotes dissemination of “fake news” as well as malicious slander/rumors. I still believe the key to solve these lies in ethics education, though I know there is still a long way to go.
Social media is probably the worst offender when it comes to reaffirming our own beliefs I notice that when I research things online I often get targeted adds on my facebook. This knowledge hole happens with groups and pages that we like as well. I’ll get an advertisement for a similar group to the one I follow which means I only see things that I am interested in. If we get out of our own space and listen and appreciate the views and ideas of others we will become better, more well-rounded individuals. Unfortunately, this is better said than done.