Vincent Fedele Explores Downsides of Social Media Adoption
Revolutionizing how people, businesses, and brands communicate with one another online, social media boasts many benefits, but is not without its faults, according to Vincent Fedele, a businessman and father of two from Easton, Pennsylvania.
Affording users easy, instant communication, real-time access to news, and providing a springboard for new businesses and brands, Vincent Fedele explains that while social media may offer many benefits to its users, these are beginning to come at an increasingly significant cost.
“Social media is a powerful tool for businesses, and a great way for many users to stay in touch with friends, family, and loved ones around the world,” he suggests. Also keen to praise social media as a real-time news source, Vincent Fedele is equally quick to point toward the less positive sides of websites and applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram. According to the Pennsylvania-based businessman, the ‘pros’ of these platforms also come with a great number of ‘cons.’
From so-called ‘information overload’ to frequent privacy concerns and data breaches. Vincent Fedele first identifies a number of slightly more personal and less well-addressed concerns. Chiefly peer pressure and bullying behavior. These, he says, are two of his own most significant perceived downsides to ever-growing rates of social media adoption. Fishing is another hobby.
Despite the many touted benefits of social media, the ‘pros,’ says Vincent Fedele, are becoming outweighed by the ‘cons.’
“Among teenagers and young adults, social media has become a dangerous platform for bullying. As well as a very real source of often highly negative peer pressure.”
This increase in so-called ‘cyberbullying’ and negative peer pressure places parents responsible. “It’s something which we, as parents, need to see stamped out”.
Vincent Fedele also explains how the sheer volume of information posted on social networks can become overwhelming. A major source of procrastination and distraction.
Turning to privacy issues, Vincent Fedele goes on to point out oversharing. In addition to posting the geolocation, data can also lead to serious problems. “Such information can be all too easily come back to haunt an individual at a later date. Perhaps even many years down the line,” Fedele adds.
His solution is to make the most of the advantages, while also minimizing the potential disadvantages. This is especially important when logging into social media apps and websites. “If users did this each time they logged in, we would be in a much better position.”