Stella Dimoko Weekend Arena -The Social Media Is A Double Edged Sword That Cuts Both Ways


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Friday, June 12, 2020

Weekend Arena -The Social Media Is A Double Edged Sword That Cuts Both Ways

The most influencing invention of the twenty-first century will not be mobile technology, but the social media. That is one reality, phenomenon that has twisted not only our interpersonal relationships, but also mobile telephony.

You can draw an inference from what Nokia 3310, the Communicator or even the high-end Thuraya looked like when compared to today’s cheapest of the cheap smartphones. Smartphones keep evolving and every adaptation there has been on them, is to make them social media effective. 

The century will see more of this as it unfolds.

With social media has come an incredible license to air an opinion. From one’s remote corner of the world, perhaps behind shut doors and with a feeling of anonymity, someone could just log on and begin to spew whatever, oblivious of the consequences. The first line of thought is…I dey my house.

Like electricity and every other piece of innovation, the social media is double-edged. There are the good sides and the bad sides. During the Arab Spring, youths from that part of the world deployed the social media to good use and the result was the ousting of some obnoxious leaders.

 In America, the white police officer, Derek Chauvin, who knelt on George Floyd’s neck for over 8 minutes, may have escaped this backlash if his actions were not caught on camera and shared on the social media. Today, the social media has helped us reconnect with lost friends, forgotten classmates, far-flung family members. Most times, we keep pace with our friends by seeing their timelines and understanding what they are up to. 

We rely and judge them based on their activities on the social media that we fail to realise that we have not met physically with him or her for years. The social media helps us gauge his health, her new job, his progress or otherwise, her fashion sense and also his love life. Everything finds its way to the social media. For a lot of people, it is their go-to spot whenever they have any issue. That is why some mothers would come to the social media to ask for suggestions on how to control convulsion in a child, rather than calling their family doctor. 

Some wives have turned some of the groups to their cookery manuals, because they are sure of getting the right recipes for exciting meals. Unconsciously, many of us are hooked on these platforms, spending hours unending there. From comedy to tips, to religion and news, the social media has a remarkable input, doing it the way it suits the poster.

Sometimes the quest to be the first to break the news, or post that picture diminishes our sense of humanity. That is why some people would rather take a photo and share of an accident scene than moving to rescue the victims. Some even get videos of victims struggling during a trauma!

Perhaps, this is the spirit that overwhelms those who break the news of other people’s deaths on the social media without confirmation, like some people did about veteran actor, Uncle Olu Jacobs earlier in the week. It is sad that the quest to air an opinion has turned everyone to a citizen journalist, but without the requisite demeanor, attitude, training and emotions to be one. While the professional journalist by virtue of his training sieves through his news to seek facts and confirmation, the citizen journalist gets it and unleashes it on his or her followers. 

What matters is the number of views or likes and shares. The engagement is the new norm that announces his status. With engagement becoming pricey, so many unconventional ways of getting it has evolved. For some it could come with outright falsehood or blank sensation. That is why they would wake up and ‘kill’ whoever will get them that attention. In the name of creating engaging content, some also go the extra mile by deploying photo-editing skills in a negative manner. Some will superimpose the photo of President Donald Trump on a background of Idumota market and claim he was at the market to buy ankara and some gullible people will believe and share. The mischievous ones go beyond this to sell their skills as influencers to the unscrupulous politicians dominating our space.

They would steal a photo of a street in New York or Berlin and post as the latest road completed in Umuahia or Minna.
They have with these actions, ascribed flyovers, hospitals, schools and housing projects to their governors on Facebook when there is actually nothing on the ground. To drive home their point, you would be sure to see someone who would jump on the post to confirm that he used that imaginary flyover or hospital that morning!

These actions, of course, have a lot of adherents. With people like Hushpuppi showing off exotic cars and mansions on the social media, some are copying in a subtle way. 

Once, a social media personality was embarrassed for taking photos of another man’s building and claiming it was hers at Enugu. Even wives who are constantly being battered by their spouses (on account of this) manage to post loved-up photos of their marriages at birthdays. Some have ended up in graves as a result of concealed domestic violence, whitewashed with social media. 

People should learn to copy rightly.

*Very very Interesting writeup!!!
Ngozi the Mgbafor well done oh!!!


  1. Hmmmmm....making a whole lot of sense

  2. Very nice read πŸ‘Œ
    Quite interesting and informative πŸ‘
    The one on breaking the news of death is something I detest so much .
    Also taking pictures at an accident scene instead of helping the victims.

    Also spreading unverified news all for traffic .

    Not blowing any trumpet but this is why i like SDK she is very professional and surely knows her onions .

    1. true breaking the news of death and taking and posting pictures of accident scenes is horrible. I ran away from a blog cos of this!

  3. They would steal a photo of a street in New York or Berlin and post as the latest road completed in Umuahia or Minna........ πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ this got me.
    Nice write up Sir, Jisike πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

  4. nice write up Mr Ngozi i can't spot a lie in all you have written. There's always the good and bad aspect of everything,social media is not exempted

  5. It's a time where everyone just want to be heard without thinking. Great write up. I see it will get worse than this.

  6. I love reading your column. It makes a lot of sense. Keep it up.

  7. Social media has its advantages and disadvantages, it depends on the individual using it.

  8. This was an interesting read!
    Bravo πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘ŒπŸ½ Ngọzi

  9. "During the Arab Spring, youths from that part of the world deployed the social media to good use and the result was the ousting of some obnoxious leaders."

    Hmmmm.... What of Ghadaffi that was killed? His people were instigated against him and now, the center cannot hold again. The country is far worse than how it was. Some of the people are regretting what they did to their leader Ghadaffi... Yes, he had his excesses but he was able to keep the country going on well and its people were prosperous.
    The West has succeeded in destroying that nation

    1. It shows that the apple do not fall far from the tree. The center cannot hold because of the greed festering from years of deprivation from Ghadaffi until his demise.

      Will you blame the western world for the foolishness of the ruling class who learnt from Ghadaffi.


  10. Where's the lie? Very interesting read.

  11. Very interesting write up. There are also people that come on social media to give advice that they themselves will never take. Those paint their lives to he perfect whereas the reverse is the case.The writer sums it up perfectly when he said'people should learn to copy rightly'. Don't tap into what you don't know of because with social media it is usually a case of 'the more you see the less you know'

  12. Thanks Mr NgoziπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ your write up is top notch and very interesting! Looking forward to the next episode

  13. A very informative write up. Weldone Mr.NG

  14. Very insightful article.

    Well done Ngozi.

  15. This is the first time I'm reading through your right up completely.. I dey always jump to the last part! Very interesting write up to read πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ.

    Made me remember when I taught my students on internet ethics/abuse.. Everything you said up there is the truth πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  16. Nice write up. Social media is not like before anymore, if you can't stand the heat better not make a comment because all eyes are watching and can drag you to hell should their be any silly post.

    1. Yes o
      That's why I don't comment on all posts on social media,I dey do Waka pass a lot. Those that were arrested because of their rape tweets,they never expected it and there are some with the "I MUST COMMENT MENTALITY" which ends up putting them in trouble

  17. This article sums up social media in this age of human advancement. I just hope the negatives will not outweigh the good as time progresses.


  18. Nice write-upπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  19. Loads of sense in the write up

  20. Interesting readπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ,he forgot to add those that claim and post cars and houses that dont belong to them,awon fake it till you make it geng.


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