Everyone is a single click away from either going viral for something funny or becoming breaking news for something that was never supposed to be caught on camera.

A lot of what has been in the news recently has involved incidents that were exposed through social media. This month, Newport Harbor High School students were videotaped, photographed and posted on various social media platforms performing the Nazi salute around a table of red plastic cups arranged into the shape of a swastika.

The teenagers involved had their names released to the public and all of their media accounts were shared as well.

Now, for the rest of their lives, they will all be known for their insensitive behavior that night.

This incident has gone to show that everything a person does is no longer private with social media existing.

Once a person clicks the share button, the image or video that was just uploaded no longer belongs to them. Anything on the internet is free to be saved and shared to friends who can then share it to more friends.

Social media is taking over the world and changing lives, but that doesn’t necessarily make it a bad thing. People are now being exposed for who they truly are behind closed doors due to the easy access platforms that allow others to post anything they want and have it get attention immediately.

As a person who uses social media on a regular basis, I tend to not post anything too personal in order to keep certain parts of my life private. I do, however, know a handful of people who post every single thing they do during every moment of their day.

Even though social media can be a place where nothing is a secret, it has just as many upsides and advantages for everyone. Various platforms have been opportunities for people to raise money for their sick children or to spread the joy of a dog singing.

The idea that everything posted no longer belonging to you is terrifying, but if you don’t want what you are doing out into the world, then you probably shouldn’t be doing it in the first place. If you don’t want others knowing you are racist, then don’t be racist and if you want to keep the fact that you’re drinking underage a secret, then don’t drink while being underage.

We should all try to not give media platforms the chance to ruin our lives.

Social media will treat you kindly if you are just a decent human being.

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