Beware of what you post on social media.
I’m sure we are all aware of people facing the consequences of their actions on social media — usually following bad-mouthing or holding prejudice against a group of people.
It’s never right to follow through on saying something offensive, especially when a post can be traced back to you.
People who share their lives through either a private account or a group chat can still receive repercussions either by losing friends or, in extreme cases, forfeiting scholarships. We have all seen it happen.
Most times, the backlash is to humble vain people; don’t let that be you. Learn from people’s mistakes, and see how you can better yourself — that should be your priority.
Also, think before you post. Ask yourself: Will this offend or hurt someone? Why am I saying this — is there an underlying issue? Am I causing an unsafe space?
A set ground rule for anyone is to simply never post when you are being affected by anger, sadness, or any overwhelming feeling.
Instead, share your lives, your accomplishments, your day-to-day, activism, art, or any hobbies. There will always be a sense of joy in having an outlet to connect with the world, as well as having the ability to share your passions or to be a part of a community.
We use social media to stay in touch with our friends and family, and especially while at Elmhurst University, we use social media to see what our old friends are up to or to stay informed. Just remember — what you do on social media, everyone else does too.
You are never alone when you choose to post something: big or small, it is a reflection of yourself. Think about the future effects of applying for a job, and consider if your employer would choose to hire you or not, solely based on what you said or posted.
The digital footprint on Snapchat, TikTok, Instagram, and even Facebook can all be linked back to you, no matter how insignificant.
You can still have fun Snapchatting back and forth with friends, but hold yourself and those you choose to surround yourself with accountable.
Be cautious, and remember not everything you put out into the world will receive positive feedback; it can also have negative outcomes. Just be mindful, not careless.