By Nicolas Stoneham
Sometimes it can be difficult to handle certain situations when using social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter. When talking face to face with a person, it is a lot easier to express emotions and understand the motives of the person. However, talking to people indirectly online is not so simple.
Maybe someone unfamiliar comments on a stranger’s picture. Maybe someone from school posts a status that people may find offensive or annoying. In the real world, it is the “norm” to always respond immediately to someone when they speak to you, but in the social networking world it is more acceptable to not always reply or comment back which raises the question if it is okay to not always give a response.
“If someone I don’t know comments on a picture or something on Facebook, I usually just ignore it. I might ‘like’ the comment to be polite but nothing further than that,” senior Cassandra Carter said. With Facebook gaining popularity and more users over the years, it is very common to be stuck in a situation where a random person comments on a status or photo and you just don’t know how or if you should respond.
Senior Sebrina Joynes says those situations can easily be avoided by being more cautious of who to add and accept as friends. “I think every friend on Facebook should be at least an acquaintance, that way you won’t have to worry about people you don’t know commenting on all your stuff,” Joynes said.
Sarah Harrington, a senior, said she “only accepts people who have more than 50 mutual friends with me in common, that way I know it’s pretty safe.”
Another ongoing issue is arguments regarding the statuses or tweets people write. Often, statuses are very opinionated and can easily offend or annoy users who hold different opinions and happen to see these statuses displayed on their News Feed. “People need to think before they post statuses. A lot of times they say things they are going to regret and cause huge arguments. Facebook isn’t the place for arguments and debates.” said senior Cassandra Carter.
“Facebook is a social networking site for you to go on about anything and everything you wish. You practice freedom of speech by doing so. However! It’s one thing if you post a status. It’s another if you go onto someone else’s wall, and verbally attack them for something they posted. It’s a respect thing. So yeah, you’re entitled to your own opinion, but don’t disrespect someone solely based on the fact your opinion is different than there’s,” Red Lion alumnus Jessica Rineer said.
While there are many issues involving social networking, they can easily be avoided by being careful who to add and accept and keeping any negative comments repressed. Everything depends on how users handle the situations.
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