What is the Internet? Why are we so used to it? Why do our lives revolve around it? According to Dictionary the Internet is a global computer network providing a variety of information and communication facilities, consisting of interconnected networks using standardized communication protocols. If we read it in that way, it seems very interesting, a place where we can explore our knowledge and learn more. But, why doesn’t the downside come in the definitions? Why do they want to hide it? We know that everything in life is on the positive and negative side. So, here I’m going to mention a bit of the negative side of the Internet and how that influences people’s lives.
The first thing I want to discuss is Fake News. What is Fake News? According to Cambridge Dictionary, Fake News is a false story that appears to be news, spread on the Internet or using other media, usually created to influence political views or as a joke. For example, when we read news on Facebook we don’t know if it’s true or false, but we don’t care about that, we just click on “like” or “share” and it’s over. But that can cause a lot of damage because the news can be false, and we don’t investigate before to check it. And that only grows because many people are going to start sharing the news and in the end, the person who is prejudged is the person involved. But that doesn’t just happen with celebrities, it can happen to you. If someone at your school invents any gossip of yours, people aren’t going to investigate if it’s true or not. They’re just going to talk to each other. At the end of the day, the damage is so horrible and serious that you can’t do anything to stop it. So we have to be very careful about the things we share and the things we say about others because that can prejudge a person’s life in a way we don’t even understand. There are many cases of people who got hurt or even worse, who committed suicide by gossip like that. We have to take care of each other, we have to protect ourselves. On the other hand, the sources that write the fake news do that because they want likes, they want the visualizations, they want to be seen. They don’t care what can happen if they post such news. That’s why we shouldn’t trust any source. In conclusion, think and research how many times is needed before sharing the news. You don’t know what can happen after you click that button.
Another negative point of the Internet is Social Media. Obviously there are very good things about Social Media but there are points that I want to talk negatively about. The first one is: the comments can kill you. If, we enter any Instagram account of anyone we will see at least 2 negative comments. “Ugly”, “fat”, “who do you think?” and many others. We see those comments more on celebrity pages, but it can also happen on “normal” people page. People who write those comments think no one is going to read them. That nothing going to happen because you’re “behind a screen.” But if it happens. Comments on social networks are closely linked to Fake News because people have different reactions. There are some that don’t care, but there are others that kill themselves, who hurt themselves, who judge themselves. Have you stopped to think that your comment can affect someone else’s life in a hasty manner? We, human beings, think that by making a comment saying “the truth” to another person is fine. But did the person ask you what your opinion was? Did the person want to know what you were thinking about their outfit or their relationship? No! The person just uploaded a photo. She never asked you to comment on what you think about it. We have a habit of saying that famous people have to put up with those comments because they are public people. But it’s not like that. These people also have feelings, they are also human beings. For example, if someone comments on your photo: “Your hair is horrible. Why don’t you iron it? That sucks”. Would you feel good? No, right? And it doesn’t matter if you’re famous or not. The point is that people have to think before they write something. We have to be more empathetic to others, put ourselves in their place. People’s feelings matter. Instagram is supposed to be friendly. So why is it making people so miserable?
The last point I want to discuss here is individualism and always try to be better than others. That’s a very ugly point of arguing because we’re really living that moment and unfortunately we see it day by day. Do you know when someone uploads a photo and you say “How nice, I want to try to do the same”? That’s called inspiration, that person is inspiring you. But, a lot of times, that’s not people’s feeling. People today don’t want to be inspired by others; what they really want is to be better than others. That’s where the trouble starts. Social Media brought us supreme individualism, people don’t want to help you. What they really want is for you to have problems, to be sad, depressed, etc. And if you are happy, happy with your life, they want to show you that they are better than you; happier, more successful than you. For example, if you’re traveling to a very nice beach and upload a lot of photos, the people who follow you (the vast majority) are going to get jealous of you. People can’t see others fulfilling their dreams, goals, etc. And they’re going to do everything to also go to the beach because that way they don’t feel so “inferior.” The Internet has made people more competitive, more individualistic. That has made a big impact on us as a society because people now want more: more money, more likes, more followers, more knowledge and all that to show others that they are “the best” or the “perfect”. But that’s not true. People prove to be better because they actually have a lot of problems in their personal life and what they really want to show is that they are not sad, that they don’t get sad. What’s the problem with getting sad? Of having problems? That’s the reality, that’s life. We’re not perfect, and we’re never going to be perfect. Why not be transparent people? Why not tell the truth to others? When you start having to prove you’re better than everyone else, your life revolves around that. You don’t do anything else. You just focus on being better, better, better and you forget to live. I think when you lie and prove to be a person you’re not, you’re lying to yourself. We have to stop trying to be better than others and start being better versions of ourselves.
In conclusion, we’re dealing with human beings, not screens. You have to be more empathetic, more respectful, more friend. You have to think twice before making a comment. “Will that hurt the other person?” If the answer is yes, then don’t say it. You have to improve as people, but you also have to help others to be better. The Internet can help us in many things, but it can also destroy us.