Final Post

The Last Hurrah

DYgDxUnfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and this is our farewell post. We would like to take the time to thank all of you for reading and keeping up with us these past 4 weeks. It was our pleasure to keep you all informed about our findings on the effects social media has on personal lives. We concluded that social media usage can be detrimental to one’s health, as well as social, mental, and physical well being. Below is a summary of our findings.

Week 1

We thought cyberbullying would be a great first topic to kick off our blog. The internet is one of the most widespread risk that young kids face this day and age and Cyberbullying is on the rise due to technology usage. Cyberbullying has harmful effects to those who are being bullied and to those who are bullying others. Cyberbullying is related to serious health problems such as low self-esteem, suicidal ideation, anger, frustration, and a variety of other emotional and psychological problems.

For more information on cyberbullying and how to prevent it, please visit the sites below:

Week 2

Our second week topic is based on grounds for termination when it comes to a person’s personal social media account. Although social media was designed to keep friends and peers connected, it also gives them a platform to express their ideas and communicate with one another. Facebook and other social media sites are (for the most part) public records of an individual. We believe those who post negatively about their workplace, or those who post anything racist, etc. are grounds for termination.

Week 3

For week three, we covered the health issues that correlate with social media usage. A study was found that users who engage with social media during the night could be damaging their sleep and increasing their risk of anxiety and depression, which can lead to catching colds, flues, and gastroenteritis more often. Also, with an increase of social media usage, there will be a decrease of physical activities.

Week 4

For our last week, we saved the best for last. RELATIONSHIPS! Social media has the potential to be harmful for relationships. It was found that the more a person in a romantic relationship uses social media, the more they will Facebook stalk their partner’s online activity! This can inevitably lead to feelings of jealousy. Another interesting thing the researchers noted is that people who use social media often are more likely to reach out to past lovers, and this can damage relationships if not end it.

 

 

We are sorry to leave you so soon, but we hope you have learned from our findings and hope you will utilize them into your everyday lives so you don’t fall victim to social media’s harmful effects. Please feel free to visit our post as much as you like and to share our posts with others.


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Affirmative

You Have Been Terminated

POP QUIZ: Which of the following can you get fired for?

  1. Hanging political cartoons on your office wall
  2. Having a Trump bumper sticker
  3. Writing a blog about your views on a campaign (oops)
  4. All of the above

The answer is 4! If you’re a non-union private employee, your boss pretty much has the right to control your political actions. For the approximately 85% of the work force that is private employees, the first amendment offers no protection from being fired for something you said/posted. But how does something you post affect your boss, job, or company you work for so much that it constitutes getting kicked to the curb?

In “Yes, You Should Get Fired For That,” Suzanne Lucas explains that bad judgement is not only limited to online behavior! Companies need employees they can trust, so why would they wish to keep employees who, for example, express on Facebook about an incident with their boss. If you do not get along with your boss, and you are bold enough to post it on social media, you should understand that the internet is not private and there is a good chance they will see it. You can’t really blame them for firing someone who posts negatively on social media about them! As for dealing with the irritation of conflicting political views in the workplace, termination on the grounds of this makes sense. A company wants employees that identify with them and have the same goals, so conflicting views does not benefit the company in any way. There are plenty of people who may identify with the company better than you can, and from a business perspective, this is appropriate grounds for termination.

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Lucas also goes on to explain that employers should be able to presume loyalty. By this, she means that employers should be able to trust that employees will not post information online that will harm the company. From the employer’s point of view, if you applied for the job, it should mean you want the job, and if you want the job, why would you post negatively about it? This, again, is grounds for firing. If you are not loyal to the company, there is a good chance someone else would be.
My final thought on this issue is that employers and employees need to be cautious when approaching social media at work. If you are not protected, understand that there are grounds (and great possibility) for termination.