We, the people of my age and below, were born and raised in the technological age. We grew up to see the results of the breakthroughs on the technological advancement of the past, and thus are proficient in using modern technologies.
Social media, being one of the products of its advancement, has since then become a part of our lives.
At first, it was used merely for the sake of novelty, but soon, almost everyone had it, and has since then been used to meet old friends and keep in touch with current ones.
Recently, social media had transformed to becoming a platform that has multiple offers, not only in socializing; it has houses several businesses and supports entrepreneurs, organizations and their admirable objectives and aims, current news and controversial issues, sometimes even propaganda, and many more.
Its impact on our lives are huge: more and more people are becoming recognized locally and internationally due to social media, contacting friends, family members, and others have never been this simple, news are posted and shared faster than ever; almost everything is just one click away.
Since social media is clearly ingrained in our lives now, how could this help us when a calamity strikes?
Most of the people nowadays spend a lot of their time on social media and therefore, could easily see whatever posts are on their newsfeed. Thus, when news of a calamity strikes, they would be immediately informed, making the people interested in helping prepare and aid the victims more speedily compared with having to depend merely on news at the television, radios, and print.
The coverage of social media is also much wider because unlike news, kids and teenagers actually notice and value the current issues they would see on the internet, especially if there are many people “making a buzz” on it, resulting in their possible take of action. And since it is online, it could be viewed not only by countrymen, but also of those from other countries, possibly widening the possibility of foreign aid by governments and international organizations coming to the affected country.
It also shares in-depth information on the personal stories of the victims and their situations at the calamity-stricken places, thereby allowing aid that meets their specific needs to be met. The provisions and help that the government provides could also be scrutinized well by the people by social media, to see if the government is truly doing its role well, and if not, make the people take necessary actions.
But remember, not everything in social media is correct. It’s good to do research first.
All in all, social media helps us be aware and informed, but it is up to us to take an action. We should do good with what we know, not merely be a bystander. We could help in whatever ways we can, whether it is a donation, a prayer, or volunteering, any help would be appreciated.