Since it’s creation social media, and social networking sites, have been connecting people across the world. They were created in order to make the world smaller, and to bring people together. Facebook and Twitter, and before them Bebo and Myspace, existed so that millions of people could speak with one another, share ideas and beliefs, thoughts and stories, exchange and promote photos of themselves and their best moments. They have become virtual communities where everyone has a voice, and nobody has to be alone.
There is a darker side to social networking though, and through no fault of it’s own, it has now become a cause for concern in many areas. The anonymity allowed in forums and comment sections allows a freedom of speech whereby any message can be promoted. Hate, racism, homophobia, sexism and more. The incredible freedom of the internet itself and the connections that can be made online can lead to tragic consequences. Anything and everything can be found online, from hired hitmen, to illegal substances and from animal cruelty, to child pornography. As ever with such wonderful, boundary dissolving innovations, the gloss and sheen is soon lost due to unintended use and darker desires.