The Truth on Social Media

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The Truth on Social Media

Social media is a very powerful tool in today’s society. According to the Pew Research Center, 77% of cellphone users have smartphones which gives these users a higher probability of participating in social media. The same research center found that 69% of adults in the U.S. are engaging in social media activities with 86% of them being in the age group of 18-29.  With such a big audience already, the media continues to aim its target at the younger adults who spend a lot of time and attention into the news on social platforms. Trying to stay up to date and the first to know, young adults have become sucked into believing anything that is on the internet.

Recently, there had been posts about the viral artist Lil Xan and how he had posted a video of himself coming out of a closet and dancing, along with a tweet filled with only the rainbow emoji. Once these posts had spread, the media started to declare assumptions of relations between Lil Xan and Jaden Smith. Personally I was in awe and confusion seeing these posts and soon enough, Lil Xan responded to the chaos with a video admitting he is not gay and telling his fans, “do not believe everything you see on the internet, oh my God.”

Another topic of interest for the media is the split between Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson. Many sources of media on the internet have been assuming the death of rapper Mac Miller to be the reason for the split, while others say that Pete Davidson had been sending pictures of himself and Ariana to the rapper prior to his death. These stories have just been getting crazy and creating a terrible reputation for those who are talked about within them. The media will continue to share false information and accusations, but is it morally right to try and ruin other human’s lives just for the views and attention on the media? Lives have been lost already, but the media doesn’t show any genuine signs of care. 


2 Comments

Christoph Claassen

Christoph Claassen

October 16, 2018at 3:38 pm

I agree with the chaos of wrong accusations made on social media spreading false rumors. Articles and videos are all about clickbait leading people to think untrue rumors. I think the only way this could ever be fixed is if YouTube bans videos that do this.

Haley Naylor

Haley Naylor

October 16, 2018at 3:51 pm

I think it’s interesting what media is willing to do for a story. It’s hard as the consumer to discern what is and isn’t healthy and true. As consumers, we must demand better when we see these things being done.

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