Social media has also played a key role in changing the way people use to communicate with each other. Along with a number of benefits of social media that it provides to its users, it also gives rise to some ethical concerns. In this paper, we will discuss some of the main ethical concerns regarding the use of social media.
Social media mainly refers to social networking websites that facilitate people in communicating with each other. For example, Facebook.com is one of the most popular and widely used social networking websites. This site does not restrict any person from joining it. There are no criteria that can stop a person from becoming a regular user. That is the base for all ethical concerns regarding social media as the main intent of the owners of such services is to earn money through increasing the number of users. They have nothing to do with the activities of the users on the website. Although social media provides many communication benefits to people, such as, entertainment facility, increased social interaction with people from different backgrounds, and development of kinship and other relationships, some ethical issues also exist which still need a better and proper solution in order for the website to become a harm-free and productive website for its users. Let us now discuss some of the main ethical concerns associated with unrestricted and excessive use of social media.
One of the main ethical issues associated with the use of social media is reduced interactions between family members living under the same roof. Before the advent of such media, family members used to sit together to discuss family matters and other issues. They used to give time to each other because of which the level of bonding between them was comparatively high. But with the advent of .social media, people prefer to give more time to their friends on social networking websites than they give to their close family members living with them. .