There is no surprise to the fact that whatever you put on social media is available for the public to see! It seems as some use social media as their secret alias – a platform to express themselves however they want to. Sometimes tweeting funny, candid thoughts that one may not dream of saying out loud or in public, but don’t think twice about posting in on a social media platform. Almost as if it is a “safe” place. News flash, it’s not!
The every day social media user as well as celebrities have experience with the good and bad of how “public” social media really is. Most recently, Curt Schilling, former Major League Baseball player, and his daughter were subjects of social media bullying. Schilling proved to these cyber bullies that social media is not a secure blockade, you cannot say whatever you want, hide behind your social media alias and get away with it. The guys behind the vulgar and derogatory comments were subject to what US weekly called Schilling’s “dadmode.” Schilling himself, turned to social media to track down these college students to make sure they got the repercussions they deserved.
“These boys have yet to understand one of life’s most important lessons,” Schilling wrote later in his blog. “In the real world you get held accountable for the things you say and if you are not careful that can mean some different things.”
This just proves social media does not provide individuals with this so-called protective bubble some feel it does. If anything it makes one more vulnerable. Social media users need to be more self aware. Just because your “username” has nothing to do with your real name – doesn’t mean that the words you say, the pictures you post etc have no connection with your true self.