AP English 12
9 October 2013
Post Here: Careful, It Cannot be Taken Back
It is Friday morning at Jimmy’s house, and his parents just informed him that they will be going away for the weekend. Jimmy goes to school and tells his friends that he is having a party at his house at 8:00 that night. His friends tell him to invite girls, so Jimmy posts a public tweet on Twitter. It reads, “Party at my house at 8, parents gone, and I can’t wait to get high tonight. P.S. I wonder what a hangover feels like.” Jimmy goes on with the party and his life. As the school year comes to a close, Jimmy is applying to several colleges. He has the grades, SAT scores, and community service hours to get into Columbia University, a top rated college in the nation. The admissions counselor asks to see his Twitter account. A few days later, Jimmy gets a call from Columbia University, and he is told that he is not what they are looking for because the college wants students that are not inclined to party. Later that day, Jimmy realizes that his decision to throw a party his senior year and tweet about it cost him the chance to go to a pristine college. People like Jimmy are sometimes not aware of the consequences of their actions, and the consequences should always be thought of before they post on the internet. Social media is great in many ways. People can communicate with friends, families, relatives, and they can become more tech savvy. Social media can be used to communicate with friends, family, and others, but it needs to be used with caution because there are cybercriminals, cyber bullies, and other safety concerns connected with social media sites.
Social media sites have made the world a smaller place because people are able to interact with others, both far away and close to home. Friends are fun to communicate with, and social media makes communicating with friends easier and more convenient. A lot of people have smart phones which makes corresponding even more...