Every time I open the social-networking app on my phone, a lot of pictures and notification pop into my eyes. Recently, a standard procedure of making new friends begins with the exchange of Wechat account. Indeed, social-networking websites have gone viral on the Internet and are triggering a nationwide debate. People can upload their pictures and converse with friends online within just a few seconds. However, I don’t think it’s necessary to upload pictures or information on the social-networking website at the expense of privacy leak and information safety.
First of all, sharing your photos and information on the website will leak your privacy and pose potential risk to the users. Initially acting on the purpose of sharing moments of happiness and joy with your friendly, uploading pictures is likely to have detriment. This is especially true when some strangers can have access to your uploaded personal files and even everyday pictures. This information may be used against you and for criminal purpose. My friend Lucy is a case in point. She is a huge fan of Wechat, a popular social networking website in China. She has posted tons of photos on this app. One day, however, she found by accident that her photos had been in a shopping website. Reposting her pictures without permission is a violation of her privacy and profit.
Apart from the security problems, uploading information with photos hinders effective communication in the real world. Despite the vast number of friends a user has online, they seldom communicate with these friends online or offline at all. These “friends” are just like “zombie friends”. Therefore, for these users, uploading photos and information is only a way of showing off. Boys or girls send selfie photos online and become increasingly self-centered. As a result, immersion in the self-appreciation and lack of efficient communication make them shy and reserved during face-to-face or real life communication.
Also, addiction to sharing the photos on the social websites deprives us of the time and ability to discover the beauty around us. My parents used to take me to have a trip. I remember from my childhood that during these trips, we can always encounter surprises and appreciate the amazing beauty of nature. However, things have changed since my parents started using Wechat. They become so obsessed with sharing their journey moments on this app that they almost have no time to enjoy the journey itself and communicate with me. Therefore, by keeping us occupied, social net-working websites make us unable to spot and value beauty around us.